Hurricane Sandy Recovery Continues
"Vast majority" of NYC Hotels, attractions are open
by Michael C. Lowe
Photograph: ©iStockphoto.com/fdastudilloDecember 1, 2012
The Northeastern United States is steadily recovering in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which struck the region in late October. The historic superstorm brought much of the East Coast to a halt, grounding some 20,000 flights. Prior to the storm, the Global Business Travel Association had predicted that business travel could lose as many as 514,000 trips and up to $606 million in spending due to the storm's effects, which would result in a total GDP loss of about $675 million, and $176 million would be lost in federal, state and local tex revenue.
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In Atlantic City, hard hit by Sandy's wrath, officials announced the reopening of the city's convention center and historic Boardwalk Hall on Nov. 5, while the destination's casinos and related businesses reopened Nov. 2. The Wildwoods Convention Center, in nearby Wildwood, N.J., was closed during the storm, but sustained no damage and reopened on Nov. 1, along with that area's boardwalks and amusement piers.
New York City's power grid and subway lines, not counting severely impacted shore areas in the outer boroughs, are mostly back to normal, as are the majority of they city's meetings facilities. The Jacob Javits Center is fully operational and hosted the 35,000-attendee International Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Show on Nov. 9-12, as scheduled.
Hotels in the city's financial district didn't fare as well and were slowly reopening. The Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park; New York Marriott Downtown; Andaz Wall Street and DoubleTree by Hilton New York City-Financial District have been open since the second weekend of November, while, at press time, the Best Western Seaport Inn, the World Center Hotel and Wyndham Garden Long Island City Manhattan View were still closed until further notice.
"The vast majority of our hotels, restaurants, theaters and cultural institutions are open, the power system is close to fully operational and the subways are almost all back online," said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company.
Major hotels and convention facilities in Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Richmond, Va.; and Albany, N.Y., were largely unaffected by the hurricane and have remained open for business.