questionsis new york city open for tourism?

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Middle December? I think you'll be alright. I just read this article this morning that may help you out. Maybe someone from the area will have better insight, but I think if NYC is in full-swing to handle the Macy's Day Parade next week they'll be able to handle you in mid December.

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The subways are still a little bit wonky and woe to you if you want to commute from Jersey (like I do every day). But NYC is most definitely open for business. And yes, come and pour money into our economy (but please, do remember that sidewalks are for walking and not for standing still and staring up at buildings). I don't have a car, but I believe the gas situation is much improved.

Sadly, there are areas of this city that have been decimated, but you really wouldn't know it unless you're there. I've been going to the theater, work, shopping. . . everything in Manhattan and most of the outer boroughs is mostly back to normal. And mid-December is a really great time to be here.

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I know some areas are doing well, while others still have issues.

I'm actually planning a visit to the city this weekend to visit friends in Queens and Brooklyn. I know the areas they live in are not affected, so I'm good. I'm lucky enough to be able to stay at my friends in Brooklyn, so I don't need to find a hotel.

I'm glad to see that most of Manhattan seems to be up and running fine, as I plan on spending some time there as well.

I so LOVE NY. Unfoturnately, Coney Island which is one of my favorite travel destinations is still having major issues, so I'll be staying away.

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The Statue of Liberty is closed. Most of Manhattan is open for business. Somehow, suddenly, last weekend, the gas was back. So unless it is an area with flooding, things are near normal.

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The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree arrives tomorrow!
The two best days working at Rockefeller Center are the day the tree shows up and the day they take the damn thing down!

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@dontwantaname: Do I want to break your heart and tell you it arrived today?I mean, I don't WANT to. . .

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One thing I can say about New Yorkers, they have a real knack for overcoming adversity.

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I walked down 5th avenue this afternoon and it was filled with tourists. COME VISIT!

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@ryanwb: The city has done a good job getting back on its feet, but it was knocked down hard. We've been resilient, yes, and I'm thankful my home in Jersey and my workplace were not too badly affected. (At home I never lost power for more than a minute, and while work was closed for a week due to lack of power, we're back now.)

But in other areas--areas less than an hour away by subway, if those subways were running--it's like a third world country. An entire neighborhood of houses burned down in Queens. People in parts of Queens, Staten Island, and Brooklyn saw their homes destroyed by flood, or they're living without power in moldy, damp apartments. This is something we're not used to up here, in terms of weather, at least.

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@curli76: I said it myself, and heard it a million times....how can you complain about losing power, when people lost everything.

On the other hand, how the heck were all those people trying to ride out a storm on a barrier island? The ocean and the bay are only blocks apart in the Rockaways and Fire island.

So you leave. If nothing happens you come back the next day.
Don't stay and then call 911 to come get you.

The government has to make it easier to take your pets with you when you leave.

We have family in New Orleans. There was a bad storm in the 60's. They leave for every storm. Other than Katrina, it was a waste of time to leave, but they saw what could happen that one time.

Other weird thing is....how hard would it be to put flood doors on the tunnels? I hope they do it now.

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"(but please, do remember that sidewalks are for walking and not for standing still and staring up at buildings). "

@curli76: I wish I could up this more then once just for that alone!! Have some common courtesy people! If you want to look up at the pretty building do it while standing on the BQE! ;-)

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I would say go for it. Things should be better by then and you will be able to see most of the major tourist attractions.

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NYC is almost back in full operation.
The Jersey Shore not so much. :-(

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@dontwantaname: I know several people who lost power for over a week. That's a hard way to live, especially with no heat or hot water. Just because some other people had it worse doesn't mean it wasn't bad.

As for people not heeding evacuation warnings. . . well, some people are stupid. Many others evacuated for Irene last year and thought this storm was going to be similarly overestimated.

And actually, pets were allowed at city shelters. I'm not sure how comfortable it is for the animals or their owners, but they were allowed.

Just came back from a day of work followed by a Broadway show. Everything was business as usual. The tree is up at Rock Center and there's a nice pre-holiday buzz all around.

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My parents and daughter went to NYC the weekend after the storm (planned at least 6m prior). My brother and sister-in-law live in Rego Park, Queens, and weren't affected. They saw everything she wanted to see, and had a great time. There were long lines for some things, and my brother whined, but my 9yo was fine with it. If you want to go to Times Square and Broadway, you're fine, and in a few weeks more of the city will have recovered.
If you wanted to go to areas that have been decimated, you'll need to wait longer than mid December.