Storm-damaged businesses struggle to reopen - FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

Superstorm Sandy

Storm-damaged businesses struggle to reopen

Posted: Updated:
MYFOXNY.COM -

The Water Club restaurant on the East River and 30th Street in Manhattan looks normal on the outside. But Hurricane Sandy's storm surge ruined the electrical wiring, boilers, and wood floors inside. Restoring the restaurant will take months and millions of dollars in repairs.

On the Hudson River and 44th Street by the still-closed Intrepid museum, restaurant P.D. O'Hurley's electrical system was shorted out by flood waters. The restaurant will also be closed for repairs at least until the New Year.

Many people from the area that were made homeless by Sandy are staying in hotels and motels in other neighborhoods, and many tourists are keeping away because of bad publicity.

The bottom line is that New York City is losing tourism business along with cancellation of holiday parties.

Also, catering halls on Long Island's south shore have been hit hard.

While the Water Club will survive because the owner saved up money he can use for repairs, his 100 workers are unemployed until spring 2013.

Caterers, restaurants, and hotels in the metro area say their business is down at least 30 percent.

Rep. Carloyn Maloney said the FEMA deadline to register for loans and grants has been extended to January 28, 2012, which is important since so many businesses need time to deal with the insurance companies.

Small-business owners are hopeful the Congress will approve the $60 billion in aid President Obama has asked for the metro area.

  • Long Island NewsLong Island NewsMore>>

  • Long Island beaches reopen to bathing

    Long Island beaches reopen to bathing

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:08 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:08:19 GMT

    Health officials say six Long Island beaches that were closed for one day have reopened to bathing. The Nassau County beaches were closed Monday due to storm water runoff that could negatively impact bacterial levels. The beaches were: Laurel Hollow Beach, Morgan Beach, North Hempstead Beach Park, Sea Cliff Village Beach, Tappen Beach and Theodore Roosevelt Beach.

    Health officials say six Long Island beaches that were closed for one day have reopened to bathing. The Nassau County beaches were closed Monday due to storm water runoff that could negatively impact bacterial levels. The beaches were: Laurel Hollow Beach, Morgan Beach, North Hempstead Beach Park, Sea Cliff Village Beach, Tappen Beach and Theodore Roosevelt Beach.

  • Speed cameras in LI school zones

    Speed cameras in LI school zones

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:49 AM EDT2014-09-02 09:49:32 GMT
    Reminder for drivers that as children head back to school in Nassau County so too, will the speed cameras in school zones. Officials say speed cams will be fully operational at 25 locations this week. That will more than double eventually.
    Reminder for drivers that as children head back to school in Nassau County so too, will the speed cameras in school zones. Officials say speed cams will be fully operational at 25 locations this week. That will more than double eventually.
  • Hope's Land of Candy

    Hope's Land of Candy

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:13 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:13:34 GMT
    Step through the doors of Hope's Land of Candy in Island Park, Long Island and you''ll be taking a trip back in time. There's no WIFI but they do have a Victrola piano. And then there's the candy.. lots and lots of it.
    Step through the doors of Hope's Land of Candy in Island Park, Long Island and you''ll be taking a trip back in time. There's no WIFI but they do have a Victrola piano. And then there's the candy.. lots and lots of it.
Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices