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.