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New York City: Come For a Visit
The age-old adage “the show must go on” most certainly applies to the incredibly resilient New York City.
I paid a mid-November visit to the bruised Big Apple and was surprised how quickly it had bounced back after the super storm, Hurricane Sandy, had battered the city just two weeks earlier. It must be that old-fashioned “can’t-keep-them-down” New York City spirit we often hear about because, by all signs, NYC was totally back in business and as bustling as ever.
There are definitely neighborhoods still struggling—and will continue to struggle for quite some time beyond the borders of Manhattan—but you’d be hard pressed to notice any real difference to the city after the storm washed ashore. The storm surge hit New York City early on October 29, flooding streets, tunnels and subway lines, thereby cutting power in and around the city.
Although some city dwellers are still displaced, especially those in the Lower East Side and close to Wall Street and Ground Zero, the power has been restored to the better part of the city. And the subways are back to normal, at least most of them. I noticed there were a few closures, but they all had safe, easy-to-use alternative routes.
As for the sights: Times Square is as brightly lit as ever. And Central Park may not have as many golden leaves on its elm trees as it usually does this time of year, but there are still quite a few on the tall branches. And speaking of trees, if any had fallen prior to my mid-November arrival, they’ve already been cleared.
The much-loved High Line seemed to weather the storm quite well (maybe it had something to do with being off the ground), and all of the New York CityPASS attractions are up and working including the Empire State Building, American Museum of Natural History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, Top of the Rock, Guggenheim Museum, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The Circle Line Cruises are back on track, too.
But even though business continues back to normalcy, the city still needs help. If you would like to contribute to those still affected by the storm, several outlets still are taking financial donations, including national organizations like American Red Cross, United Way and AmeriCares.
Or you could be like Samantha Martin, who owns Media Maison, a public relations firm in New York City. Upon seeing the devastation that had hit the region, Martin reached out via social media to areas that needed help. She found the community of Little Ferry, New Jersey, and decided to pitch in there.
"When we arrived we were greeted with open arms—desperate open arms,” says Martin who loaded up several vans worth of supplies and delivered them to Little Ferry. “Everyone from the town Councilwoman to the Chief of Police to residents who literally lost everything were so happy to see us. They hadn't seen people from outside their town since the storm. We were so inspired and so heartbroken by the needs of the townspeople.”
If you want to help New York City, there are several ways to do it, but one of the best is by not postponing your next trip to the city. New York City is waiting for you, just like it always is. Now is a great time to visit.