By Mark Chesnut
Hurricane Sandy was a tragedy on many levels, but lower Manhattan—one of the areas of New York City most affected by the storm—is back on track and welcoming guests, with reopened hotels and attractions.
Among the hotels that have reopened are the Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park and the Wall Street Inn, which sits near the New York Stock Exchange and many corporate offices. At the Andaz Wall Street, a Hyatt Hotel, guests are again indulging in farm-to-table cuisine at the hotel’s Wall & Water restaurant and Bar Seven Five. The Andaz’s annual Farmer’s Market—which takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays from early spring through late fall—had to close a bit early this year thanks to Sandy, but will be back when the weather warms up again in 2013.
Also up and running is Club Quarters Wall Street, a financial district hotel designed with a club-like atmosphere for business travelers. Located one block from Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange, the hotel offers amenities including free Wi-Fi and free bottled water. At the stylish Smyth Tribeca, a Thompson Hotel, guests find themselves in an ideal spot between the Financial District, SoHo and the West Village, with on-site dining choices that include Thalassa, a bi-level eatery with an extensive selection of seafood.
Visitors will find that attractions are ready for business in lower Manhattan as well, whether they’re looking to plan New York vacations or a productive business trip with unique venues. The South Street Seaport Museum has reopened its doors, with two new exhibitions—”A Fisherman’s Dream: Folk Art by Mario Sanchez” and “Street Shots/NYC”, while institutions including the Skyscraper Museum, the Jewish Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian showcase the rich history not only of the Big Apple, but of the entire nation.
Mark Chesnut is a travel writer, editor and publisher of LatinFlyer.com, which focuses on travel to Latin America. The hurricane left him stranded for a week in Florida.