Owner and staff of LIC Bar dependent on Con Ed fix

Inside the 100-year-old LIC Bar

By Bill Parry

LIC Bar is closed.

It has been shut since Hurricane Sandy, and it will remain that way until Con Edison repairs a major transformer.

“This is costing me a fortune,” said owner Brian Porter, who also worries that the bar’s popularity will decline, or his employees will leave while he waits on Con Ed.

Until the power is restored, the bands wait, the vendors are on hold and the six staffers are waiting patiently to get back to work.

Gareth McCusker, who is a bartender there, is currently waiting to go back to work. He said he is fortunate that he can survive– despite the loss of income.

“Touch wood. My wife’s working, but most of the staff is single,” McCusker said. “They’re in a tough spot. They love working here and don’t want to go elsewhere.”

When the storm hit, the saloon’s basement was flooded with seven feet of water that destroyed a piano, an organ and all the amplifiers. The bar’s willow tree, a neighborhood icon, was so badly damaged that it had to be cut down.

However, LIC Bar ( 45-58 Vernon Blvd.) – located inside a 100-year old building– held up well on the whole. The hardwood floors, bare brick walls and antique wood bar all appear undamaged. Nevertheless, everything was coated with salt– mostly from the East River, but also from the rock salt the owner had stockpiled for the winter.

“I’ve owned the bar for eight years and it’s been gaining momentum for the last two years as a destination for live music,” Porter said. “Now everything’s stalled.”

Porter hopes to be back in business in time for the Christmas holiday season.

However, in the interim, he laments. “We have no flood insurance and all FEMA can do is offer loans.”

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5 Responses to Owner and staff of LIC Bar dependent on Con Ed fix

  1. Gustavo Rodriguez

    My name is Gustavo Rodriguez. I am LIC Bar's talent booker
    and event organizer.

    Thanks for publishing this article and bringing attention to our plight.

    To elaborate on the article. We lost a lot more than what was mentioned in it. The bar's ENTIRE SOUND SYSTEM was destroyed. Our drum kit was destroyed. Not to mention our offices, computers and files, various appliances and many cases of beer . It's quite a list actually. And our main willow tree, a neighborhood icon, had to be cut down.

    We are in the process of organizing fundraisers to help buy new gear and to offset other losses.

    Thanks again for mentioning us.

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    • Anonymous

      Generators could help you guys out and start selling cold beer again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • hi from sunnyside

      Nooo... I love that willow tree! So sorry to hear about all the losses. I'll be spending all my limited dollars there as soon as you guys open again.

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  2. Ray and Rita Normandeau

    LIC Bar our favorite. Very eager to see re-opening!!

    Photo of Willow Tree before and after at
    http://www.Queensbridge.us

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  3. Abraham Zapruder

    Common sense would've suggested moving your gear to a storage unit, someone else's apartment or anywhere above sea level prior to the storm especially considering LIC floods even in the slightest of rain. It's a bit hard to fathom why you didn't consider moving your valuables to higher ground prior to this widely predicted event.

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