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Stretch your legs and limber up as reservations for the soon-to-reopen State of Liberty once again become available. The reopening won't happen until July 4, and it will be the first time the public is allowed back up in Lady Liberty's head and even in her environs since Hurricane Sandy flooded Liberty Island in late October.
Reserve the tickets and boat trip over to the island directly on StatueCruises.com. If you opt to make the trip from Battery Park at the tip of Manhattan, a roundtrip ride and access to the monument will cost $17 per person. Go all the way with a visit to the crown, and it's $20.
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The Jersey Shore has long been a summer destination for families but this year it is expected to be an even bigger draw for those who want to do good with their vacation time, too.
According to Habitat for Humanity's Maureen Mulligan, "New Jersey is hot now, there's so much interest in the Sandy recovery effort."
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With all the focus on the damage Hurricane Sandy caused in the U.S., it's easy to forget that the storm wreaked havoc in other countries, too.
The non-profit organization Haven U.S. is planning a trip to the island of Ile a Vache in Haiti to help restore community buildings and facilities which were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy last October, and they are looking for volunteers to come along.
Hurricane Sandy was not kind to many areas of New York and New Jersey and, if you were a tent trying to ride out the storm, well...you can guess how that went. The photo above is the tented Space Shuttle Enterprise Pavilion onboard the Intrepid aircraft carrier, docked on Manhattan west side. Not only did the West Side Highway flood during the storm, but the winds destroyed the multi-million dollar enclosure and exhibit around the Space Shuttle, closing it down until further notice.
Here's what they had to say about damages:
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It’s been roughly a month since Hurricane Sandy did its worst up and down most of the east coast, and there’s still plenty of rebuilding and recovering left to be done. Airlines were pretty forgiving with change fees and cancellation options last month, but now it looks like one carrier is bending its policies once again.
JetBlue is waiving certain change fees yet again for those affected by the storm, as they realize that people’s vacation plans are probably now screwed up as well—or just way less of a priority thanks to Mother Nature. Those who were scheduled to get away during the middle of February are now allowed to change or modify things with some restrictions.
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Since Hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey last week, donations have been pouring in and we've been telling you how to contribute to the relief. Still, there's quite a lot of help needed on the ground and it's not jut locals pitching in; tourists are helping out, too.
After last weekend's NYC Marathon was canceled, runners who had traveled to the city from around the world filled backpacks with supplies and dispatched to Staten Island, the Rockaways, and other hard-hit areas to aid in the cleanup. Other visitors to NYC have followed the runners' lead this week by donating their time and money while in town.
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Before Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy roared into the area last week, the Statue of Liberty was just recovering from her most recent nip-and-tuck. Her interior visitor areas were closed for about a year for the extensive renovation and upgrade, but now it looks like the Statue of Liberty is closed for business once again as a result of the recent weather.
Maybe you're not in New York City and therefore the effects of Hurricane Sandy are way in the back of your mind, behind memory of your flight departure time, hotel room number, car rental agency and so on and so forth. Well, as travelers, we all actually have some of the best brains for thinking about one city while in another. Wherever you are, whatever your connection with the Big Apple, here's several ways to help:
· Buy a pizza for Staten Island **TODAY ONLY** **Anywhere donors**
Do this right now as it's a relief effort being coordinated by a single person for the immediate relief of hunger in the very destroyed area of New Dorp, Staten Island. Call Barrio's Pizza at 1-718-370-0100 and mention code "Yael." For $8 each, you may order pizzas which will then be picked up this evening by volunteer Yael Lewitinn and taken to New Dorp for dinner; it's just like ordering a pizza for yourself, except it'll be delivered elsewhere. According to her initial Socialisting entry, she's already rallied 140 donated pizzas. Now think about how many times cheap pizza has saved your hungry butt on the road. It's the ultimate comfort food.
· Donate money for bonus frequent flyer miles **Anywhere donors**
As we previously reported, four airlines are working to accept your donations and three of them will throw some bonus frequent flyer miles right back atcha as a thank you.
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A facade collapse from high winds in the middle of Sandy
The airports have reopened most traveler's unexpected "Hurrications" have thankfully ended, but that hardly means it's time for "business as usual."
Hurricane Sandy relief is desperately in need in many areas of New York City followin a variety of factors that put entire communities out, from fires that leveled homes to floodwaters that ruined entire neighborhoods, to power outages that leave residents hungry...the metropolis known as the capital of the world is in dire need of your dollars. We write this from one part of the city, poised to go help any way possible the moment the business day closes.
Airlines with a significant NYC presence are naturally doing their part and offering bonus miles for anything you can give. Here's a round-up:
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We have good news and bad news. The bad news first: airport operations are limited at all airports in the immediate NYC area, including the big three (JFK, LGA and EWR), but also Stewart and Teterboro. The good news: the airports are OPEN. YEEEHAWWW. Let's take a moment to recognize what airlines and flights got their sh*t together fastest and were first ones in, in a step towards resuming normal operations:
LaGuardia Airport: The last of the three major airports to reopen, LGA sustained the most overall flooding and resulting damage. Limited services began this morning, November 1, with a Delta flight from Syracuse. Even NY Governor Cuomo announced the arrival on his official Twitter, complete with the above Instagram.
Thanks to the shut down of mass transit and lingering power outages left behind by Hurricane Sandy, New York City's entertainment industry ground to a halt on Sunday, and is just starting to get back on track today.
In anticipation of the hurricane, all Broadway shows shut down on Sunday and remained dark until today. But, most performances will go on as scheduled today. For those who had tickets to a show that was canceled, The Broadway Theater League is offering refunds and exchanges.
UPDATE 11/01: United has doubled the amount they'll match, from $50,000 to $100,000. Don't forget the bonus miles offer.
Yesterday, United Airlines announced they will be helping out victims of Hurricane Sandy by supporting the American Red Cross, Americares, and Feeding America as they assist those affected by the super storm.
The United Airlines Foundation will match up to $50,000 in donations made by United customers and employees to these organizations.