Well, after far too long, I am finally updating our website. My New York City Tours had a busy summer touring with groups from Italy and the USA, including an over-the-road trip to Niagara Falls, Washington DC, and Philadelphia. The fall was gorgeous, with magnificent colors and warm sunny days, until Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy roared into town. A lovely group from Belgium enjoyed Ellis Island, Battery Park, the 9/11 Memorial, and a walk through the Financial District on the Sunday just before New York City closed down for the storm. I luckily took some photos that show some of the beautiful fall colors in New York City before so much was damaged by the high winds and terrible storm surge.
Unfortunately, many low-lying areas throughout the five boroughs and beyond were severely damaged. The South Street Seaport Museum and Pier 17 are currently closed, as are certain areas in the Brooklyn Bridge Park, including Jane’s Carousel. The New York Aquarium on Coney Island will be closed for months for repairs. Other sites run by the Wildlife Conservation Society, including the Bronx Zoo and the Central Park Zoo, are open for winter hours. Central Park and other New York City Parks lost hundreds of trees to the high winds brought by Sandy, but most parks are now open and safe for visitors.