New York City, on the cusp of the popular Thanksgiving holiday parade, is officially stating it’s open for business and ready for tourists, after being hit by Hurricane Sandy three weeks ago. More than 95 percent of the city’s attractions, cultural organizations and other tourism related businesses have re-opened and are welcoming travelers. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place on Nov. 22, taking a new route down 6th Avenue. The Rockefeller Christmas Tree has been erected in Rockefeller Center, and the lighting will take place Nov. 28.
While some hotels in lower Manhattan, especially those in the Wall Street area were damaged and are under repair, most have reopened and all hotels above Wall Street are open for business. For a full listing of what’s open in New York, click on New York City attractions. For a full listing of New York City holiday activity can be accessed by clicking on New York City Holiday Season. Follow NYC & Company on Twitter @nycgo for the latest travel information or on Facebook at Facebook.com/nycgo,
Separately, South Street Seaport Museum, located in lower Manhattan, was damaged by the storm, but museum workers are reportedly working around the clock to re-open its doors as soon as possible. The museum reports the exhibitions and collections were completely unharmed; the seven historic vessels at the seaport are safe and secure; new exhibitions include a Street Photography Exhibit featuring hundreds of submissions from people across the globe. The museum hopes to open in the coming weeks. While the repairs will cost money, the damage was limited to electrical equipment. Donations in any amount to the Seaport Museum can be made at the museum’s website.