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On Franklin Avenue, Storm Preparation is More Art Than Emergency

By Sonja Sharp | February 8, 2013 1:49pm

CROWN HEIGHTS — The sun may not be shining, but in Central Brooklyn, residents are preparing for a staycation.

Mazon Discounts has no shortage of shovels, salt, blankets and batteries, but so far no one is buying them in advance of Friday night's Noreaster.

"We're always ready," said owner Moshe, who declined to give his last name but said that business had been unusually slow in advance of the storm. "We have everything — shovels, salt, blankets, sheets, flashlights — everything."

The only thing missing, he said, were customers.

"Nobody's come in," he said.

Not so at nearby Bob and Betty's, a posh grocery store catering to the neighborhood's newcomers. There, rain-soaked patrons stocked up on essentials like milk and eggs, as well as luxuries like kale chips.

"Everybody came last night and today to stock up," said manager Sky Speaker. "People are planning to cook. A lot of people are looking to take advantage of the situation."

Shopper Lindsay Weinman said she was planning for a long weekend in.

"I went to the wine store first because that's the most important stop," she said. "Now I'm just going to get the essentials."

Like many of her neighbors, she said she planned to wait out the storm inside.

"I don't even have winter boots," she said.