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Some Businesses Get Lights Back On Main Street

Power started to return to Main Street Wednesday night

Some lights came back on on Main Street in Nyack Wednesday around 4 p.m.

Some stores, such as Funny Business, were already open when the lights came on. Chris Barchuk, one of the owners of the comic book store, said they opened Wednesday and had a few customers throughout the day.

“It seemed mostly like people stopping in who were bored and wandering around town,” he said.

Wednesday is the day each week when new comics come out, but Barchuck said he hadn’t received his shipment of new comics as of a bit after 4 p.m. Wednesday, the first day UPS was delivering since the storm.

“I had a feeling we weren’t going to get out delivery early, so I got the word out that I didn’t think we were going to have the new stuff in yet,” he said.

The store was closed Monday and Tuesday, although the store is regularly closed Monday.

“We stopped by the store at like 8:30 or so Monday night and actually saw when we lost power, so the storm hitting on Monday wasn’t really the worst thing for us since we’re normally closed then,” he said. “Sometimes you have to try to find the small positives.”

Other businesses, like Harry's Burritos, opened once power came back. Bob Sharkey said his restaurant opened at about 6 p.m. Wednesday, roughly two hours after the power came back on.

He said the restaurant had a few breakers busted.

“The biggest losses, though, were all the food we had to throw away and losing business for two days,” he said.

Before re-opening, he said he had to go out and get more food to cook. The restaurant couldn’t accept credit cars and was also without phone, television or internet on Wednesday night. Sharkey said he hoped everything would be back up by Friday or so, but he wasn’t positive that would happen.

As of 6:30 on Wednesday, Sharkey said the restaurant had about five customers and that it didn’t seem like many people were out.

Even with lights returning some Main Street businesses, most didn’t open at all on Wednesday and remained dark after the lights came back. The traffic and street lights were still out Wednesday night, and Main Street had a dark, calm feel with very little action or movement.

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