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Players Weather the Storm

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, there have been numerous photos of destruction and devastation the storm caused across the East Coast. No image has been as prevalent as the collapsed construction crane with its arm precariously swinging loose over West 57th Street.

Despite having every reason to close its doors, Manhattan Bridge Club, located just below the crane at 250 West 57th Street, is still running their full game schedule. A notice on their website alerts players to use the 8th Avenue side entrance by the pizzeria since the club’s front entrance is inaccessible.

“Of course our table count is low, but last night we had four tables and this morning three,” club director Kerry Kappell said. “We expect a larger turnout tonight and tomorrow with the subway system steadily returning to service.”

Stories of the fortitude and tenacity of New Yorkers have been well documented by the mainstream media. That same tenacity distinguishes bridge players.

“There is a couple who lives in Midtown, and has no power in their home, so they are staying at a hotel near the club,” Manager, Zeus Arias said. “They play regularly at another club, but they left their hotel last night to join our game and I expect to see them back again tonight!”

And it isn’t just New Yorkers itching to find a bridge game.

“The Indian River Bridge connects all the towns around here where people play bridge, but due to the storm it’s closed,” said Dini Romito, club manager in Ocean View DE. “Bridge players are climbing the walls, desperate to find a way and a place to play.”

Romito sent an email to her club members with a link to a Delaware state website that provides road closings, and soon she heard from club member George Jones.

“If I can get a car load, I’ll drive the fifty-mile alternate route so we can all play in Rehoboth Beach tonight,” Jones told Romito.

Bridge players are living proof: where there’s a will, there’s a way.