Businesses In Hard-Hit Queens Areas Help Their Communities
Some Queens business owners are doing what they can to make sure residents don't have to travel far to get food and other necessities. NY1's Ruschell Boone filed the following report.
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Most of them lost their homes to flooding and fire, but the workers at the Pickles and Pies Deli still have their livelihood.
The popular corner store in Rockaway Park was spared after a fire that wiped out three blocks of homes and businesses stopped two doors away.
The workers are happy they still have a job.
"Thankfully, we survived, so we're OK," said one worker.
Some Rockaway Park residents are also thankful that a few stores in and around 116th Street are up and running again. It means they no longer have to go to Howard Beach or other neighborhoods to buy food.
"It's good because I only have to take one bus and not travel far," said one resident.
The stores are only open a few hours each day because they are operating on generators, but it was long enough for some people to get what they need.
"I commend the stores that opened," said one resident.
Over in Broad Channel, the Rock 'N Roll bagel shop was the only food place that was open. NY1 found hungry residents there who lived near the Cross Bay Bridge.
"We use to have Red Cross trucks come across, come by our street delivering food, but there was no one today, so I came here to get some food," said one resident.
The bagel store isn't fully up and running after it was flooded in the storm, but they have enough merchandise to get by.
"The only thing we don't have is bagels," said Rob Pisani, owner of Rock 'N Roll Bagels. "That's a little weird. The bagels will be back, will be back hopefully by the end of next week. That's a big expense."
The bagel shop owners also own the only grocery store on that strip. That store was destroyed in the flood, but they are now in the process of rebuilding.
"We want to get up and running again and be here to serve the people of the community, and we want to be a sign of hope for the community and let people know that they should stay and there are going to be businesses that are working here," said Jamie Pisani, an owner of Rock 'N Roll Bagels.
But some businesses, like the restaurant Jamie Pisani owns with her husband, will never reopen. They said they lost too much.