Hurricane Sandy plunged hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers into darkness, and Consolidated Edison doesn't expect lights to flicker back on for another few days. In Manhattan's East Village and the Lower East Side, two of its most bustling, bar-specked residential neighborhoods, most businesses were shuttered. But not all. On almost every block, at least one store -- by flashlight or candlelight -- was determined to keep its customers satisfied, and make a few cash sales.
"Our motto is wine to the people," says Keith Beavers, who says that his shop is the only wine store currently open in the East Village. Bottles of liquor twinkle in the candlelight, as a group of his friends drink red wine in the corner.
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