Published: Oct 31, 2012 5:16 PM EDT
Updated: Nov 01, 2012 6:31 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) - Two days after Superstorm Sandy brought business in New York City to a standstill, stores that lost power are again serving customers albeit by flashlight. Companies with flooded offices are setting up shop in coffeehouses. And the owner of the Starlight Diner is borrowing bacon from his neighbors because the restaurant's cupboard is bare.

The world's financial center is struggling to get back to work as it deals with a subway system that's still crippled by the worst damage in its 108-year-history and power outages in major sections of the city. That's kept both employees and customers at bay. As a result, big multinational banks are in the same proverbial boat as corner bodegas: looking for creative ways to get their businesses back up and running.