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Bronxville Residents Without Power Turn To Starbucks

Bronxville residents have been forced to check their email and charge their appliances from Starbucks.
Bronxville residents have been forced to check their email and charge their appliances from Starbucks. Photo Credit: Paul Bufano

BRONXVILLE N.Y.  — Bronxville's Starbucks has been overrun by businessmen making conference calls, students trying to get their work done and parents struggling without babysitters as well as a family from England stranded as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

The Bronxville Starbucks at 29 Park Place was closed Monday and Tuesday. But since the coffee shop reopened its doors early Wednesday, there's been a continuous line to the door, said a Starbucks employee.

Living without power for this long has been hard, Bronxville resident and mother Amanda Lange said.

"I've been eating out at restaurants, showering at friends' houses who have power and moving around my house by candle and flashlight," said Lange. "I work downtown, where our entire communication system has crashed, so I've basically been working from wherever I can in Bronxville. My daughter has been busy in her day-care center, which has power, so at least someone is enjoying themselves."

Bronxville resident Cynthia Florek plans to escape the cold by visiting friends in California.

"A tree fell down right in front of my house and now there's police tape around it like it's a crime scene," said Florek. "I spent the past two days working out of restaurants, and I've just been freezing at home. I have a little gas stove so I can cook eggs and coffee, but it's not nearly good enough."

Steven Ircha of Aegis Capital is offering his office space at 26 Paxton Ave. to Bronxville residents all weekend who are in need of Internet access and electricity. For more information, call 917-561-5288.

Park 143 Bistro at 143 Parkway Road is trying to lighten the financial burden of eating out every night by offering a 10 percent dinner bill discount until Sunday.

Keep checking back with The Bronxville Daily Voice for updates on the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

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