Postpone travel plans to NY?

Nov 5th, 2012, 05:21 AM
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Most of the parts of NYC that are of interest to tourists are open. I suspect there may still be problems around the Wall Street area, though some subway service is running down there.

The Statue of Liberty is indeed closed, but if you want to see it, the Staten Island Ferry is now running, though on a somewhat shorter schedule, so in deference to Staten Island commuters I'd recommend not doing that trip during rush hour (i.e., after 9 and before 3). I'm sure a lot of other sights downtown are closed since that are was the hardest hit, so anyone coming should certainly confirm that the things that interest them are open.

It's also proving to be very difficult to get to Brooklyn right now, and I'd recommend giving that a miss for this trip, though I think most of the businesses that were not flooded are open. The L train is running again to Williamsburg.

Otherwise, Manhattan is pretty much open for business. There was flooding in Chelsea on the far west side, so there could be some galleries and restaurants down there that are not open. The Highline, however, is open, but I think some of the elevators may be off-line, and the hours are restricted (it closes now at 5pm, which isn't a huge burden since that's after sunset). I'm not sure about the restaurant situation. Neither Collichio and Sons nor Del Posto show closures, and they are just west of the Highline, so that probably bodes well. And Chelsea Market is open. But I know there are a few businesses along 10th and 11th Avenues that were flooded, but perhaps only those directly on the waterfront.

57th Street is once again reopened, so those staying at the Le Parker Meridien should be ok after tomorrow (the hotel is supposed to reopen tomorrow ... the staff regained access to the building this morning). But the Burger Joint might not open until Wednesday if they still need food deliveries.

For now that's all I actually know. I just got back into the city last night myself (but no problems in my neighborhood on the Upper East Side).

I do think the storm that will be worse on Wednesday evening, will affect the airports, but it will be normal weather-related delays with perhaps a few extra cancelled flights than usual.
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Nov 5th, 2012, 05:36 AM
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Doug, thanks for the updates. I'm freezing out here in Lambertville with no power yet, and no good predictions for when we might get it. I'm thinking now that NJTransit is running again, I just might want to head into the city and see a show on Wednesday -- at least I know they'll have heat! Things seem to be recovering pretty quickly in midtown!
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Nov 5th, 2012, 06:09 AM
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If you can get into the city by NJ Transit train, that's a decent option. I think tickets will be fairly easy to get. TKTS is open, and many of the off-Broadway theaters are offering discounts (especially those downtown, which is open again). The restaurants and theaters are open and warm (but make a dinner reservation even if it's early because the hotels are jammed with displaced New Yorkers).
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Nov 5th, 2012, 07:03 AM
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My trips are pretty much daytime only -- hence the Wednesday connection! Sadly there are almost no offBroadway shows that do Wednesday matinees -- but I do have a few shows I'd still like to see.
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Nov 5th, 2012, 12:40 PM
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I wrote something that was wrong earlier. The L train is running, but it's not running between Manhattan and Brooklyn, so getting to Williamsburg is a hassle right now. That could change in the next couple of days, but I don't know when.
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Nov 5th, 2012, 12:51 PM
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How are things near Union Square?
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Nov 6th, 2012, 05:43 AM
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Union Square is totally normal, though the R train isn't running down there, only the 4/5/6. So there's limited subway service. As far as I know all business are open. I've gotten actual confirmation that Union Square Cafe is open as well as the movie theater, but I haven't been downtown yet, though Chinatown is business as usual except for the individual buildings that were damaged and the limited subway service.
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Nov 6th, 2012, 07:20 AM
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Thanks so much for the info. I guess I will be there this weekend!
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Nov 6th, 2012, 07:44 AM
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I think you should expect further positive developments by this weekend. More subway lines should be online, and you may be able to go uptown on more than just the 4/5/6 lines.
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Nov 6th, 2012, 08:34 AM
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Here's a nice piece from Anthony Bourdain asking everyone who can to go out to eat in NYC and tip big:
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Nov 6th, 2012, 12:42 PM
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We're in the heart of NYC daily (Time Square) and to be honest things are returning back to normal. The mass transit seems to be running better every day. As far as your flight to LGA, I don't think it will be cancelled. With that being said "welcome to ny".
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Nov 6th, 2012, 12:57 PM
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How are things near Union Square?

Con Ed is using Union Square as staging area and there wasn't a greemarket on Saturday and Monday. I have no idea when it will return but tomorrow's is up by Madison Square Park. Otherwise stores are frenetic as people try to re-stock their refrigerators with all the food that was lost since the storm.
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