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Broadway, Museums, Parks, Casinos Re-Open After Irene
Monday, August 29, 2011
Broadway theaters, museums and parks in New York are back open on Monday after Tropical Storm Irene forced them to shut down over the weekend. The U.S. Open, which sustained only minimal damage from Irene, started on Monday as planned. Casinos are also back open in New Jersey and Connecticut.
This weekend marked the first time the Great White Way has closed since the city's 2003 blackout.
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has re-opened as has the Neue Galerie and some of the Guggenheim's galleries. Other museums that re-opened on Monday included MoMA PS1, the Jewish Museum, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Rubin Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, the American Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of the American Indian.
The Metropolitan Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, El Museo del Barrio and The Whitney Museum of American Art, which are dark on Mondays, will re-open on Tuesday. The New Museum and The Queens Museum of Art re-open as normal on Wednesday. The Bronx Museum re-opens on Thursday.
Central Park is open on Monday, but ballfields, drives, bowling greens, and visitor centers, including Tavern on the Green, the Dairy, and North Meadow Recreation Center, are closed. Brooklyn's Prospect Park is open. The Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo and New York Aquarium will remain closed on Monday.
Sunday's canceled Central Park Summerstage R&B concert has been rescheduled for Sept. 21. The revised line up will feature Jagged Edge, Melanie Fiona, Chris Walker and The Force M.D.s. The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival has not yet been rescheduled.
Most of New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public branches open at noon on Monday. Most of Queens Library branches will be opening Monday afternoon, although a few in the Rockaways may not open due to flooding, electrical problems and power outages.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said that all state buildings are in good condition in the aftermath of Irene and will be open on Monday, but that travel conditions in some areas may make it dangerous for some employees and the public to get to state buildings. He encouraged people to take necessary safety measures before traveling.
Before Irene hit, the New Jersey State Museum, The Newark Museum and The New Jersey Children's Museum had planned to re-open on Tuesday, but visitors are advised to check in with the institutions' Web sites for updates.
The Battleship Museum resumed tours on Monday. The Montclair Art Museum and the Morris Museum plan to re-open on Wednesday.
The Jets vs. Giants game is still on for Monday night, but there is no train service from Secaucus to the Meadowlands Sports Complex. Ticketholders are advised to take the No. 351 bus service to and from the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Atlantic City casinos are re-opening at noon on Monday.
In Connecticut, Foxwoods Resorts and Mohegan Sun resumed operations on Monday. The Mystic Aquarium re-opened on Monday, and the Mark Twain House & Museum opens at 11 A.M.
Updated 5 P.M.