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Port Washington: Open For Business

Main Street is starting to light up.

A number of businesses are open post-Sandy. Some are even allowing customers to bring their power strips and recharge their wireless devices. 

In particluar, Harbor Deli has had lines out the door as it offers free, functioning wifi to customers. A generator truck has been parked outside for days, powering the shop. Some customers even brought power strips so that others can plug in and recharge.

Here, customers cheered when a man walked in and announced "The traffic signal on Main Street is on!"

Others felt hopeful as news spread that the lights were on Herbert Avenue, Mill Pond Road and Manhasset Isle. 

"It feels like the Bob Newhart show, with a small town coffee shop feel," one customer said. 

"We should start a meetup group," said another. 

Other retailers and eateries are open, though some with limited power. These businesses include Dolphin Bookshop, Computer Port, Main Street Bakery & Cafe, Dunkin Donuts, Wings Plus, Sullivans Quay, Rosas, Franks, Toscanini, Ginos, Salvatores, Louie’s, Stop and Shop, Finn MacCools (bar), Hinck’s, Alpers, Port Beer and Soda, Bayview Deli, Shell (near Burger King), Carlos, Chase, Port Washington Federal Credit Union, Haven Diner, Wit and Whim. Port Washington Public Library opened its doors on Friday. 

Opening Saturday, Chez Josee. Also, Stam Antiques (formerly Giles Antiques) at 287 Main St will open on Saturday 12:30 p.m. and will conduct for Port Washington area residents free written appraisals of any valuables damaged by the storm. Evolution Pilates and will offer charging stations and free coffee – bring a mug. Back to Life Chiropractic is also open. 

Other retailers that are back in business is Uncle Giuseppe’s, which is fully functional, offering ice, bottled water and hot food.

Best to call first to check on hours. 

PWgal November 02, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Does Shell have gas?
Freddy Sadini November 02, 2012 at 08:47 PM
TOSCANINI Restaurant will be open for business at 5:30 today, Friday Nov 2nd
Steven Stam November 02, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Stam Antiques (formerly Giles Antiques) at 287 Main St will open on Saturday 12:30PM and we will conduct for Port Washington area residents FREE APPRAISALS of any valuables damaged by the storm. Please bring your damaged valuables to our store (located next to Ayhan's Shiskabab) and we will provide a free written insurance appraisal. Steven Stam, 516.883.1104
EAM November 02, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Does anyone know if Bogart Avenue has power yet? I have an elderly relative that lives alone.
EAM November 02, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Concerned
Adina Genn (Editor) November 03, 2012 at 01:24 AM
EAM I was in the area in the late afternoon and it didn't seem to have power.
David Pridgen November 03, 2012 at 03:40 AM
I agree with Derp, I switched to Amalfi's after just a couple of orders from Rosa's
David Pridgen November 03, 2012 at 03:48 AM
I don't know if they have gas now, but they did earlier, I spent about an hour and a half in that line (started at Central Dr in Baxter estates) I had made it to within 3 car lengths of Harbor Rd intersection when I got the call that power had been restored in my area. Naturally, I left the line and went home, I really only needed the gas for the generator.
Ellen Zion November 03, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Does anyone know when Baxter Estates will get power? Getting conflicting info bwtween maybe soon and next weekend at earliest. Dont want to give anyone even more anxiety, but there may be a Noreaster Tuesday night or Wednesday.
Cynthia Litman November 03, 2012 at 04:48 AM
It's been awesome seeing the community comradery on Main Street. The restaurant owners/workers are working their butts off. The guys at Harbor Deli have been going non-stop until 2am to try to meet demand. Having hot pizza from Carlos the other night felt miraculous!! thank you Port businesses!!
PB November 03, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Is there any gas today?
djb November 03, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Will LIPA drop the lines undergroung.Since they are a monolopy only the government can force them to upgrade the infrastucture.Can you belive this is America today. djb
Methusaleh Grimaldo November 03, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Port Washington is an obnoxious place normally so now it is even worse. No one gives a crap about anyone else
Bruce November 03, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Whats with the Botts charging 4.75 a gallon?
Kim Carusone November 03, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Hello does anyone know if Concord rd has power? I have two small babies and no gas to go check on my house.
Cathy November 03, 2012 at 03:34 PM
@Metusaleh not a cool comment. It is attitudes as such that people react to YOU negatively. I love this live and my neighbors.
Cathy November 03, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I meant I love this town and my neighbors!
bppw November 03, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Botts also manages to fill your tank with more than the tank holds. They should be reported.
Mary November 03, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Keep in mind that the gas stations where running generators and had to bring in extra help to move the lines. Someone needs to pay for those expenses. I heard Shields sold a bunch of bad generators. Can anyone confirm that?
Ila Scheckner November 03, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Hi! Painting WIth FLowers is warm and open for business!
Suite Twoseventyfive November 04, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Suite 275 is open for business :) Come in to beat the cold, charge phones, free wifi, and maybe some retail therapy.
James Maguire November 05, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Glad I paid $54.00 for four egg sandwiches, four large coffees two muffins! Thank you Harbor Deli!!! Way to take advantage of a bad situation!!!! Its safe to say NEVER AGAIN!
Concerned Citizen November 06, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Shields Hardware store on main street price gouging many people. I paid 1,400 dollars for a generator that really cost 800. I think it is absolutely DISGUSTING. Shields would not take credit cards, only cash and certified checks. NO receipt was given solely for the fact that Shields did not want want people to find out they were being price gouged. Something needs to be done.
Port Resident 40 Years November 06, 2012 at 12:31 PM
I heard Alpers received generators and was selling them at prices reflective of what you would pay through the internet. As someone who has lived in Port for 43 years, Shields price gouging and Alpers not is indicative of their reputations for the last 40 years!
Bryan V November 06, 2012 at 03:02 PM
I think the reason they were not taking credit cards or printing receipts was because they don't have power and/or phone lines. I bought 2 gas cans from them, price was right around what the market demanded. Are you 100% sure you could buy that same generator for $800? You should be very careful before making accusations like that. What was the bran, model, and wattage? The generator they were selling to me and others was 7500 watt, and if you google a 7500 watt generator you get prices around $1,000. Now, that does not include shipping. By the way, I do not work for Shields or have anything to do with them. I used to own a business in the past, and i know first hand that customer accusations like this can really hurt a business, and it is usually taken out of context or exagerated by the customer due to various reasons. Unfortunately the only thing people see and hear are the customers that complain the loudest. You don't usually hear people with great experiences blogging about how great their experience was- there is no incentive. You can't please everyone, it's impossible. BUT, that being said, if you are right and they did mark up the price by 50% then they have that right as a business owner, and they thought that was what the market commanded at the time. I think doing that is a bit short sighted, as you will make a few extra hundred dollars on that one customer, but you risk loosing the lifetime value of that customer. I think that was a bad choice, but not disgusting
Bryan V November 06, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Also, let's say they charged $700. You might have considered buying 2 generators then (since it is below what you thought it was worth and you were willing to spend $1,400 anyway). Now you might not have needed the full 15,000 watts for your home, but you figured what the heck, since it was selling at a good price I'll take 2, one as a backup. What does that do for the rest of the people who need a generator? You are reducing the supply faster than the market (in this situation) would have demanded and leaving those in need without a generator. I could then say that "that is disgusting" (I am not saying you are the type of person that would hoard generators, I'm just trying to play devils advocate and make a point here).
Bryan V November 06, 2012 at 03:24 PM
By the way, the same problem exists with gas. My wife filled up her tank when it was capable of lasting 5 more days. She did this because the price is affordable, and figured why not. This is hoarding- it exists BECAUSE prices are not allowed to rise. Bad idea. Let the laws of supply and demand take effect. BTW- When I had the chance to buy a generator from Shields, I decided to pass and reduce the demand, i knew i could deal with the cold for a few more days- it's not that difficult (for me- not saying others can do the same). I don't have a lot of disposable income and felt since the generator was only a temporary solution that my $1400 was better spent helping those who lost their homes and had no place to sleep or anything to eat. I bought food, water, supplies, etc. worth $1,000 and packed my truck and drove to LongBeach and Staten Island instead. Maybe more people should do the same.
Rich M November 06, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Again, we have no powerjsut like many others .I hear these messages from our friend peter forman and wonder if he believs his own rhetoric?the message today was in defense of the the mayors of port washingtonand himself how they are constantly in contact wiht LIPa etc, etc, .I want to know how the Mayor of port norht got his town up and running days ago?? I live on beverly road and i reiterate one side of the block has power my side does not ! mr.forman insists hat the LIPA battle cry that 90% will be on line by weds 11:00pm so we may still be part of the 10% when weds passes and the storm on that day dont tell me they will be working , they do not workmin rain and winds ( not that i blame them).so, peter i suggest tou and tor elected eam et up a nd get these guys to concentrte on your port washington people.I heards an interviiew from the COO of Lipa and they have stopped going into the longbeach, st.james, brookville areas adn when all is back up,he plans on then to attack thse areas .I feel for those por people how an a decision like that get made to ababndon them like this. we need th power on .Imsalos suggest you people hat are complaining about price gougeing aboit various products put tor enrgies in the right dirextion by hounding our elected officials to get our lights back on .contact the mayors office , mr formans emergency office etc, etc.get you heads straight and know your priorities.
Bryan V November 06, 2012 at 07:34 PM
my priority is to help the people that need the most help, which is not Port Washington residents with power out- (hence my spending $1,000 on food and supplies for LongBeach victims). I suggest you heed your own words "get heads straight and know your priorities". Leave the politicians alone- they are useless right now and can't make LIPA work any faster; it's just wasting your time- time that could be spent volunteering in badly effected areas. LIPA is working as fast as they can because they want the power on more than you; they are losing tons of money by not selling electricity to good paying customers right now.
Concerned Citizen November 06, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Its illegal to price goug especially at a time like this the store owners have NO right to raise the prices if they would like

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