Severe rains pummeled the East Coast this weekend, leading to record rainfall at Kennedy Airport and flooding throughout the region, especially hard-hit Staten Island. And sadly, the New Dorp location of Jim Hanley’s Universe comics shop was badly hit, as the above video shows. On Twitter, it was announced that:
Our Staten Island store in New Dorp will be closed again Monday. It suffered extensive rain damage in this weekend’s storms….We have a lot of work to do, but we have the best staff in the world and we WILL reopen.
A clean-up effort is under way but the total amount of damage looks severe.
JHU New Dorp is one of two stores owned by Jim Hanley — the other, in Manhattan opposite the Empire State Building, is one of the best known shops in New York, and a fixture on the scene–however, even if insurance covers some of the loss, this is a huge burden to the chain. Writer Vito DelSante, who works in the Manhattan store, wrote:
I have to get to the point here. I’m not sure when the Staten Island store will reopen (I had the day off, but according to Twitter they will be open tomorrow), and in this economic climate, this is a very huge hit. All stores, all over the country, are suffering. So, I’m asking everyone in the NYC comic book reading area to come to JHU this week and spend some money. Yes, support your local comic store, take care of your pulls if you have them, but stop by Jim Hanley’s Universe on 33rd Street and buy something.
We have an entire aisle of discounted books. We are offering a 25% discount on Avengers 16 and ALL Avengers books this week for our Customer Rewards Program members…come in, sign up and take advantage of this. Every dollar counts. Look, everyone talks about how great a community we comic fans are. I wouldn’t ask or put this out there if it wasn’t absolutely crucial. Come by this week. We’d love to see you.
We consider JHU our “local,” and we’ll be stopping by to plug a few recently noticed holes in our collection this week for sure.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.