It looks like not everything that was washed away by Hurricane Sandy wound up leaving a trail of tears. For these guys in Brooklyn's Gerritsen Beach, the storm may have washed out their power, but it washed in a fully-stocked bar.
The bar floated two miles from its original home at a Flatbush Avenue marina in Brooklyn to land in its new neighborhood, with its tables, chairs, and liquor in tact. Residents of Gerritsen Beach dubbed it "Sandy's Bar," and threw a party. It was a little ray of sunshine on an otherwise terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day.
"We had a big party. We had nothing else to do while we were waiting for everything else to dry, and this was a great opportunity to get our minds off everything," neighbor Michael Sarrell told the New York Post.
The bar provided warmth (from body heat!) and a place for neighbors to get together and commiserate, which is exactly what folks need after such a rough ride. Once the stocks ran out, it became a "BYOB" party. People brought Jameson, SKYY Vodka, and beer -- in addition to generators and coolers to keep the drinks cold. Warm beer after weathering a hurricane would have been like adding insult to injury.
Unfortunately, the cops called an end to the hurricane party and demolished the bar last Saturday, but while it lasted, it helped the poor New Yorkers who have lost everything feel a tiny bit better.
Would you have gone for a drink at Sandy's Bar if you'd just been through a big storm?
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