Chinatown Comes Back Strong After Sandy

Nom Wah: Open.

Yes, they do have bananas: Kuma Inn owner King Phojanakong (who finally found some gasoline on those "Mad Max" streets) tweets a photo from a Chinatown produce stand laden with fresh fruit. Veteran Voice critic Robert Sietsema also files a photo-heavy dispatch from Chinatown as it transitioned from an electricity-free emergency zone back into a neighborhood of mom-and-pop shops and sidewalk-vendor stands over the weekend. Many restaurants (such as Congee Village) remained closed as of yesterday, and more tourists are needed to pick up those jumbo straws at the bubble tea shops there, stat. [Kuma Inn Umi Nom/Twitter, Fork in the Road]