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Deli owner: turn the power on!
Restoration company says electricity, heat expected to be back soon
Anthony Rifilato/Herald
P.J. Whelan, co-owner of Lindell Deli at 577 W. Park Ave., said the business and apartments upstairs have been without power and heat for more than a month.

“Sorry, we’re closed,” Lindell Deli and Grocery co-owner P.J. Whelan told a potential customer last Friday.

“Everyone is asking us when we’re going to open,” he said, “and I can’t say much.”

Whelan said that the deli, which he runs with his brother, Kevin, and his parents, and the apartments above the business have been without power and heat since Hurricane Sandy’s flood waters caused significant electrical damage.

He said that the storm cost the deli, which his family has owned for 40 years, $80,000 in lost inventory, sales and destroyed equipment.

Whelan said his landlord and the restoration company working on the building, at 577 W. Park Ave., gave him assurances for weeks that power would be restored. He said that crews got rid of the floodwater in the basement and ripped out soggy sheetrock after the storm, but have yet to replace damaged electrical units.

“They’re telling me that the meter banks were flooded and they’re waiting on parts,” Whelan said.

Whelan said that the deli is a popular stop among teachers and students at nearby Lindell School as well as city workers. Each day the business remains closed, Whelan said that the deli is losing about $2,000 in sales. He said that his landlord has stopped taking his calls and that after more than a month in the dark he had had enough. Last week, he placed large signs outside of the business that read “No electric, no heat, no hot water.”

“I don’t care if I get power back tonight — I’ve had 31 days of promises that we were going to get juice here,” he said. “The thing that bothers me is that we’re not getting any answers.”

Whelan said that he reached out to the Long Island Power Authority and was told that temporary power could be run in the building if an electrician installs a single meter. He said that the restoration company told him that temporary power was to be restored last Wednesday.

“I spoke to the people at LIPA and they say that there is power,” Whelan said. “We want to be ready so that when we do have full power, we can open.”

Whelan also said that some tenants who live in the seven apartments upstairs have been staying in their cars when it’s cold. “They have nowhere to go … they don’t have any resources,” he said.


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Many of us had 6'+ of awful water in our basements that had to be pumped out and the space then cleaned. Many of us have had to replace boilers and hot water heaters and electrical panels and meters before any insurance adjusters or FEMA inspectors came, and we have been scrambling 10 ways to Sunday to pay for these repairs before the insurance money comes. ALL of the information that has come from the insurance companies, city government and Governor Cuomo's office has that repairs to save buildings from further damage SHOULD be made asap. Owners have been responsible to document damage with pictures and keep excellent financial records and then they have been able to proceed with essential repairs. Major electrical repairs, including on electrical meters, can and have been done by licensed electricians throughout Long Beach, with LIPA's blessing. For the representative of the restoration company to say that the landlord HAD to wait to proceed due to waiting for LIPA and insurance adjusters and FEMA is false, and a poor excuse to cover up the irresponsible and disrespectful inaction by the landlord.

Long Beach and especially the Westholme community depend on the Lindell Deli. The Whelan family has always been generous & kind to the community and we need their deli back NOW!!! Many families live in that building and NEED heat and electricity to survive. I encourage all supporters of the Lindell Deli to call and/or write to the LB Building Department (516-431-1005) and to any media outlet to which they have access to report this landlord's failures and to ask the City/County/LIPA management to facilitate in any and all ways possible the swift reopening of the Lindell Deli & the re-habitation of that building by those who live there. Action is needed NOW to help this 40 year family business reopen--support the Lndell Deli, the Whelans, and the building residents today!!!

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I remember the store location 1947/1953 but I don't remember if it was a deli.

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