A week after Hurricane Sandy sucker punched New Jersey and New York, communities across the Tri-State area are assessing damage. As they are wont to do after a crisis, Americans have come together to help those in need. In New York’s Capital Region, where my family resides, local blog Mamatoga.com is promoting a collection drive in Saratoga, NY while CapitalDistrictFun.com lists additional area relief efforts. There are lots of ways to assist disaster relief, but I’m partial to how travel bloggers are helping get New York back to normal.
Signs of Recovery in New York City Tourism
Even within hard-hit New York City and Long Island, the tourism industry is back in business. As of the latest NYCgo.com status update, over 150 hotels in the five boroughs are accepting guests, and many tourist attractions are open including: Broadway shows, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Empire State Building Observatory, Gray Line New York Sightseeing, Top of the Rock and some Circle Line Sightseeing cruises, as well as the majority of city parks.
The much anticipated return of Harry Potter: The Exhibition opened on November 3rd at Discovery Times Square with a magical winter snow theme and, for the first time, original artifacts from the series finale. “We are pleased to offer New York residents and visitors this special holiday presentation of Harry Potter: The Exhibition, now with new and exciting additions from the final films,” said James Sanna, President of Discovery Times Square. “For the first time ever we have items from each film in one location. There is no better way to celebrate this iconic series than to actually walk among the costumes and props that helped bring this world to life.”
Even getting into the city to see this and other exhibits is getting easier, and improving daily. All New York City airports are open, and can be accessed via AirTran shuttle service. Amtrak is running trains along the Northeast corridor. Public transportation via bus, ferry, or subways is now operational. See mta.info for information regarding specific subway lines, and modified map reflecting service changes can be found here.
There’s still a lot of work to be done reviving New York City travel. New York Harbor remains closed and no cruise ships are currently allowed to call at the Brooklyn or Manhattan Cruise Terminals. Some sites, particularly in Lower Manhattan, remain closed until further notice, including the 9/11 Memorial, South Street Seaport, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
New York State Tourism Is Bigger Than The Big Apple
Covering 54,560 square miles and eleven tourism regions – including Chautauqua-Allegheny, Niagara Frontier, Finger Lakes, Thousand Islands, Central Region, Adirondack Mountains, Catskill Mountains, Hudson Valley, Capital District, New York City, and Long Island – New York State is big by any standards. Big enough that many areas sustained little or no damage from Hurricane Sandy. Cosy hotels, rugged parks, historic museums, and friendly New Yorkers welcome visitors throughout this extensive Northeastern state.
Right now travel bloggers are banding together to demonstrate just how much New York has to offer, in spite of Frankenstorm. Traci Suppa, of www.GoBigOrGoHomeBlog.com, spearheaded a Best of New York Week Travel Blogger Link Up, inviting travel experts to share articles about the best things to do and see in New York. Within minutes, the link up numbered twenty New York travel posts and counting. Start planning your next New York vacation, there’s a lot to experience in this great state.
Travel Tip: For more ideas on what to do in New York, see the listings on our Travel in USA guide.
Sandra Foyt | Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on GetawayMavens.com, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at SandraFoyt.com, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter @SandraFoyt.