NEW YORK — Museums, the Empire State Building, Broadway theaters and many stores reopened Wednesday to the relief of tourists who’d been stuck in hotel rooms since the weekend due to superstorm Sandy. But parks, the 9/11 Memorial, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and many other top attractions remained shuttered, some indefinitely as damage assessment continued.
All city parks and the High Line are closed indefinitely. In Central Park at least 250 mature trees were felled by the storm, with benches and playgrounds damaged as well.
“It’s all about keeping the public safe,” said Doug Blonsky, president and CEO of the Central Park Conservancy.
Most Broadway matinee and evening performances were expected to play as scheduled Wednesday. Cancelations included “Evita,” ‘’The Lion King,” ‘’Mary Poppins” and “Scandalous.”
Thomas Karlegott waited with his wife and another couple from Angelholm, Sweden, all on their first visit to New York, for the opening of the TKTS booth in Times Square Wednesday. He said they’d be happy with tickets to any show at all after wandering around a largely shuttered Manhattan for the last few days without doing much.
Subways remained closed, making it difficult to get around. The Staten Island Ferry, a humble commuter boat that offers a free, beautiful view of New York Harbor, was shut due to flooding in the ferry terminal. Yellow cabs were on the streets but hard to come by.