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Post Hurricane Sandy update: what's open and what's not

Find out which city spots have reopened post-Hurricane Sandy (like the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge), plus which places are still closed.

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    South Street Seaport Museum and Artisan's Row reopen post-Sandy

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    South Street Seaport Museum and Artisan's Row reopen post-Sandy

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    South Street Seaport Museum and Artisan's Row reopen post-Sandy

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    South Street Seaport Museum and Artisan's Row reopen post-Sandy

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    South Street Seaport Museum and Artisan's Row reopen post-Sandy

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    South Street Seaport Museum and Artisan's Row reopen post-Sandy

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    South Street Seaport Museum and Artisan's Row reopen post-Sandy

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    South Street Seaport Museum and Artisan's Row reopen post-Sandy

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    South Street Seaport Museum and Artisan's Row reopen post-Sandy

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    South Street Seaport Museum and Artisan's Row reopen post-Sandy

Photograph: Virginia Rollison

South Street Seaport Museum and Artisan's Row reopen post-Sandy

Amazingly, nearly seven weeks have passed since the "storm of the century" hit our shores, and for many residents in the city's low-lying areas, the effects of Hurricane Sandy continue to be an immense challenge. Yet the storm's aftermath has affected numerous family-friendly city sights as well. With the holidays approaching, we decided to put together a Hurricane Sandy update, with recent news on NYC attractions that have reopened in recent weeks and others that are still closed.


NOW OPEN/OPENING


Bowne & Co. Stationers, an old-fashioned letterpress shop at 211 Water Street that's owned and operated by the South Street Seaport Museum (and is a must-see spot for city kids), has been open since Thanksgiving. But the museum itself, despite announcing its reopening for December 14, remains closed (see below).


The Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum has just announced that it will reopen on Friday, December 21. All exhibits will be up and running except for the Space Shuttle Enterprise exhibit, which will remain closed for repairs. Two-for-one ticket coupons, which can be downloaded from the museum's Facebook and Twitter pages, are good through February 15.


Mega sports complex Chelsea Piers and its Sky Rink reopened on December 1, which we reported on a couple of weeks ago.


National Park Service sites that were closed but have now reopened include downtown's African Burial Ground National Monument; Federal Hall, where Washington took the country's first oath of office; and St. Paul's Chapel. The Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace in Gramercy-Flatiron reopened a month ago, and within Gateway National Recreation Area, Hamilton Beach Park, Frank Charles Park, Great Kills Park and Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge were deemed safe to reopen in the past few weeks.


STILL CLOSED


The South Street Seaport Museum, which was supposed to reopen on Friday, December 14, sadly had to cancel the opening day festivities due to a lack of electricity in its galleries. When it does open, it will debut two new exhibitions: "A Fisherman's Dream: Folk Art by Mario Sanchez" and "Street Shots NYC," a show of street photography. While its core exhibits and historic ships got through the storm with little to no damage, the museum has been without heat or electricity since Sandy hit.


Downtown's New York City Police Museum, which suffered extensive water damage, remains closed. There's no word yet there on a reopening date.


Some NPS sites that have not yet reopened are also among its most popular. The Statue of Liberty (which was poised to reopen after a yearlong renovation just a day before Sandy hit) and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum are still closed, as is Castle Clinton in Battery Park. Gateway spots that remain shuttered due to safety issues include Fort Wadsworth, Fort Tilden, Breezy PointJacob Riis Park and Floyd Bennett Field, among others. For more information on the National Park Service's restoration progress, click here.



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