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Museums and theaters among NYC attractions reopening

NEW YORK -- Museums, the Empire State Building, Broadway theaters and many stores reopened Wednesday to the relief of tourists who'd been stuck in hotel rooms since the weekend due to Superstorm Sandy. But parks, the 9/11 Memorial, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and other top attractions remained shuttered, some indefinitely as damage assessment continued.

All city parks and the High Line are closed indefinitely. In Central Park at least 250 mature trees were felled by the storm.

Most Broadway matinee and evening performances were expected to play as scheduled Wednesday.

Subways remained closed, making it difficult to get around. The Staten Island Ferry, a humble commuter boat that's popular with tourists because it offers a free, beautiful view of New York Harbor, was shut due to flooding in the ferry terminal.

Local buses were running, but double-decker tour buses remained out of service Wednesday, though City Sights, Gray Line and other bus companies announced on their websites that they hoped to resume operations Thursday.

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island were expected to remain closed at least until Saturday, according to their websites.

“We bought passes for all these attractions and we haven't used them,” said Debbie Clinton, visiting the city from Liverpool, England, as they walked into the Empire State Building, one of the first of the city's major attractions to reopen Wednesday morning.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art also opened Wednesday, and the Guggenheim opened for one exhibition, “Picasso Black and White.”

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