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Hurricane Sandy for NYC Travelers

Find out how the effects of Hurricane Sandy will impact your trip.


Superstorm Sandy hit New York City on October 29, 2012. Due to the convergence multiple meteorological factors, including high tide, New York City experienced a devastating blow. Much of Manhattan was without electricity for days, and many of New York City's waterfront neighborhoods have been decimated by flooding, including the Rockaways, Coney Island, and Red Hook.

Please Still Come to New York City!

Tourism is a huge part of the economy of New York City, and now that things are slowly returning to normal, I want to encourage you to plan your trip. Spending money in New York City is one way you can help the city recover.

Visitors with existing travel plans are encouraged to confirm hotel reservations, and consult this list of Closed NYC Hotels from NYC & Co. Keep in mind that these attractions are closed as of November 5:

Transportation in New York City

The flooding in New York City has had a serious impact on New York City's transportation. The MTA and Port Authority have been working hard to get things back to normal, but that takes time. WNYC has put together a comprehensive Transit Tracker that is frequently updated to reflect the changing landscape of New York City area transit. Coverage includes the latest subway services, airports, bridges/tunnels, regional rail, Amtrak and more. As of November 5, things have been largely restored, but crowding and delays are a problem.

How To Help

If you want to volunteer to help with the recovery, these organizations are coordinating efforts to help in the most hard-hit areas. Volunteers are needed to help with cleaning up after Sandy, providing support in shelters, cooking food, helping to organize and distribute donations, and more.
  • Occupy Sandy Relief - Created by a coalition of people and organizations, Occupy Sandy Relief is working to distribute volunteers and resources to areas that need them.
  • NYC Service - This New York City site has information about volunteering at NYC parks, donating blood, and links to many organizations working around NYC to help with the recovery.
  • Consider Donating Blood - Hurricanes and other disasters often impact the supply (both by increased need and decreased donations) so consider donating blood at your local blood bank.

Where To Donate

If you can't donate your time, there are lots of places that can use your financial support as they work to help people recover and rebuild after the storm.

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