Thursday, November 15, 2012

LIC Bar will be closed for awhile

From LIC Post:

LIC Bar is closed.

It has been shut since Hurricane Sandy, and it will remain that way until Con Edison repairs a major transformer.

“This is costing me a fortune,” said owner Brian Porter, who also worries that the bar’s popularity will decline, or his employees will leave while he waits on Con Ed.

Until the power is restored, the bands wait, the vendors are on hold and the six staffers are waiting patiently to get back to work.

When the storm hit, the saloon’s basement was flooded with seven feet of water that destroyed a piano, an organ and all the amplifiers. The bar’s willow tree, a neighborhood icon, was so badly damaged that it had to be cut down.

However, LIC Bar (45-58 Vernon Blvd.) – located inside a 100-year old building– held up well on the whole. The hardwood floors, bare brick walls and antique wood bar all appear undamaged. Nevertheless, everything was coated with salt– mostly from the East River, but also from the rock salt the owner had stockpiled for the winter.


Anonymous said...

All the reports called LIC damage as 'light' and the weeklies only showed Rockaways on their front pages.

The crystals are 'salt' as in 'table salt'?


Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, but it just is not in me right now to sympathize with some yuppie/hipster LIC bar. Nobody paid attention to the complaints of longtime residents losing their homes, businesses and entire neighborhood from the vast overdevelopment of the area in the last ten years. LIC Bar and the rest of the new, "up and coming" LIC can cry me a river.

kingofnycabbies said...

Water came up from Anable Basin and along 44th Drive, where River's Edge is located, and blew out a transformer. Besides the LIC bar, a taxi fleet, the New York Blood Center and the School Construction Authority all went dark, although the garage and Blood Center have been running generators.

Also the park behind the 108th precinct saw almost all the trees uprooted; they were cut down and chopped up today.

Anonymous said...

Compared to Breezy Point,
the damage was, indeed, VERY light!

Get some perspective on this.

Snake Plissskin said...

Compared to Breezy Point,
the damage was, indeed, VERY light!

Get some perspective on this.

Sure, getting shot in the arm is traumatic.

Smoking a cigarette and inhaling toxic fumes and getting poisons into your body is not.... for about 40 years.

You and those responsible will not be around when the young hipsters and the young toddlers who are encouraged to live and spend time on a toxic brownfield that gets baptized from time to time by Newtown Creek reap the dividends from your brainstorms.

You got to Brooklyn around the Gowanus Canal and talk like this you would get lynched.

Anonymous said...

I think that Jimmy Van Bramer really needs to talk to the community openly about the potential health risks from Sandy.

Gossiping is already starting about it.

People will eat in those flooded restaurants. Children will play in those flooded playgrouds. People will track all sorts of things into their homes from that water.

If their friends and colleagues from Brooklyn are starting to ask questions how long will LIC buy the bill of goods being fed the the Queens weeklies?

This ain't Glendale. This ain't Ditmars.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Even the more intelligent Queensites will find difficulty following your convoluted use of language, Snake.

Your words seem to criss-cross each other and double back upon themselves leaving them lost in a labyrinth.

You insist on salting your rhetoric with $20 words improperly used.

Could you make your points clearer, please?

Snake Plissskin said...

Yea, I know, some people suggested I would make a good politician.

But even I have standards.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who thinks the damage in LIC is comparable to the Rockaways is out of his fucking mind. End of story.

Queens Crapper said...

I'm not sure who was comparing LIC with Rockaway. There was damage in LIC that was underreported, that's all.

Anonymous said...

It goes further than underreporting.

LIC just got bathed in a toxic brownfield soup.

Something tells me that when the city gets hit by a torrent of lawsuits from the inevitable health issues things will start to fall into focus more clearly.

Remember what happened to the first responders on 9/11?

This is the situation we are facing today with the people forced to live with the pixie dust scattered by the drying East River and Newtown Creek.