The Real Deal New York

Brooklyn commerce sees boost in Sandy’s wake

November 05, 2012 02:00PM

Sandy’s silver lining: boosted business at Brooklyn bars. In the aftermath of the hurricane, which left tens of thousands of New Yorkers homeless, brownstone Brooklyn businesses actually saw a significant burst of commerce, CNN reported.

Prospect Heights coffee shop Sit & Wonder enjoyed an estimated 30 percent rise in revenue during the days immediately following Sandy, the owners, Gemma and Lucien Redwood, told CNN. In Brooklyn, many proprietors live near their businesses, which helped them stay open in the disaster’s wake.

“It was like 9/11 in many ways,” Bobby Gagnon, who owns Park Slope bar The Gate, told CNN. “People who went through it really needed a place to go — bars, churches … they become community centers.” [CNN] –Guelda Voien