• From The New York Times
PRATTSVILLE -- This small town, tucked along the banks of a creek in the Catskill Mountains, was ravaged by Tropical Storm Irene.
Main Street was practically washed away, and many of its 650 residents were forced to take shelter at area missions.
Yet one thing has not changed: Happy hour at the Prattsville Tavern is still going strong.
The catch? There is no bartender these days, and no bar. Still, the tavern has become a sort of port in the storm, providing not only shelter on its top floor for several regulars who lost their homes, but also a place for residents to drink and return to something that resembles a routine.
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