More than 60 businesses are back up and running in Long Beach in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, City Manager Jack Schnirman reported Tuesday's City Council meeting. But while more stores continue to cleans up and rebuild, other businesses, such as Peir 1 Imports, CVS and Maritime Surf shop, remained boarded up Friday morning.
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Of the stores that have returned, many have posted makeshift signs outside to let passers-by know that, yes, they're open for business. Among those that are still closed, some have posted signs to inform their customers of their plans and whereabouts. A sign in the window at Rose & Eye, a West End women’s boutique, announces a Spring 2013 reopening and lists the address of their temporary store in Rockville Centre. As workers reconstructed the interior at CVS on West Park Avenue, a sign on the boarded windows outside directs customers to their location in Oceanside. Unsound surf shop on East Park Avenue features a neon-yellow sign that reminds patrons of their Quiksilver store in Oceanside, as well as words in the window that declare: "We Will Be Back."
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Meanwhile, the marquee remains empty at Long Beach Cinemas, a filled dumpster is parked outside the still-closed Long Beach Library, and piles of gutted materials line the sidewalks outside a few stores from the West End to East End.
Patch photographers were in the city Friday to take photos of these and other scenes, including postal, utility and sanitation employees working doing their part to return Long Beach to normalcy.
Photos by Joseph Kellard
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