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A Tale of Two Dumbos: Shopping Up the Hill, Flooding Below

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Mixed news out of the low-lying neighborhood of Dumbo: Up the hill, stores like Zoë appear to be doing just fine. Even closer to the water, West Elm seemed to be doing a brisk business this afternoon, and the new West Elm Market was packed. But certain establishments on Main Street and Water Street won't be able to bounce back so quickly. Capital New York takes a close look at the significant damage to merchants including powerHouse Arena, One Girl Cookie, Aegir Surfboards, the restaurant Governor, and Almondine Bakery.

PowerHouse, the book store on the corner of Main and Water, took on roughly three feet of water and lost its front door during the storm. Daniel Power, who runs the store's publishing company powerHouse Books, estimates that the toll adds up to $40,000. In order to rebuild, the company is planning a day-long book fair on Saturday, November 17. Want more details? They just launched a Tumblr about their recovery efforts called Sandy Hates Books.
· For Dumbo merchants, a time for brutal assessments [Capital New York]
· SAVE THE DATE: Sandy Hates Books Fundraiser [SHB/Tumblr]
· powerHouse Arena [Official Site]