October 31, 2012 at 14:04 PM EDT
Broadway, Met Museum reopen doors
New York City's cultural institutions are beginning to reopen Wednesday after being shuttered in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue announced Wednesday morning that it would be open from noon to 5:30 p.m. and that admission would be free. However, the Cloisters in upper Manhattan remains closed on Wednesday. The Museum of Modern Art is also open. The American Museum of Natural History remains closed but plans to reopen on Thursday. Most Broadway shows were resuming both matinee and evening performances on Wednesday after being dark for two days. Off-Broadway shows in lower Manhattan are unlikely to be open because of neighborhood power failures, however. Theater-goers can check broadwayleague.com, ilovenytheatre.com or the shows' official show websites for details. One of the hardest hit cultural institutions in the city, if not the most badly damaged, is the New York Aquarium in Coney Island, which was flooded during the storm. Jim Breheny, executive vice president and general director of zoos and aquarium for the Wildlife Conservation Society, said in a statement it was unclear how much damage had been done or when the aquarium would reopen. The society's four zoos—Central Park, Bronx, Queens and Prospect Park in Brooklyn—didn't sustain serious damage but remain closed. He said the animals fared well during the store.
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