Rockaway Bartenders Go Back to Work at Union Square Bars

Many Rockaway residents lost more than their homes- they lost their livelihood. One former Rockaway resident is aiming to help them the best way he can- by opening his four Union Square bars to guest Rockaway bartenders, where they can keep their tips and 10% of what the bar makes that night.

“A Manhattan bar is sharing its tips with Rockaways bartenders left jobless when Hurricane Sandy smashed through their community.

The beloved Harbor Light Pub received national attention when the storm demolished it, but many more were damaged.

When Michael Sinensky, a Rockaways native and owner of a collection of Manhattan bars, realized their plight, he decided to give the neighborhood’s bartenders a chance to once again sling drinks and rack up tips.

On Nov. 30, Sinensky opened his Union Square hot spot SideBAR to guest bartenders from the Rockaways, who got to keep their tips and 10 percent of what the bar took in that night, Sinensky said.”

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