South Street Seaport Museum Reopening Friday After Extensive Sandy Damage

One of the New York City museums most badly affected by Hurricane Sandy is finally ready to reopen: Following six weeks of work, the South Street Seaport Museum will welcome visitors back to its Lower Manhattan premises beginning on Friday, the New York Times reports.

The storm surge from Sandy left the institution badly flooded, particularly its gift shop, cafe, and information and ticket booth areas (pictured). Its elevators and escalators remain out of service due to flood damage.

“Visitors will have to use stairs and accept heat blown in from heaters sitting on the sidewalk,” museum director Susan Henshaw Jones told the Times. “But we are ready to welcome all comers.”

Upon reopening, the museum will be presenting the exhibitions “A Fisherman’s Dream: Folk Art by Mario Sanchez,” Romancing New York: Watercolors by Frederick Brosen,” the American Folk Art Museum‘s off-site show “Compass: Folk Art in Four Directions,” and the street photography exhibition “Street Shots NYC.”

— Benjamin Sutton

(Image via South Street Seaport Museum/Facebook.)