Intrepid museum reopens Dec. 21 post-Sandy
NEW YORK (AP) — The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum announced Thursday that it will reopen to visitors Dec. 21 for the first time since Superstorm Sandy hit the region at the end of October.
The Intrepid is located on the Hudson River at 46th Street. When the river rose during the storm, four to six feet of water swamped the museum's main electrical transformers and backup generators.
"The flooding we experienced during the height of Sandy was beyond anyone's imagination," said Susan Marenoff-Zausner, museum president, in a statement.
The space shuttle Enterprise, which has been housed at the Intrepid since June, was unharmed by the storm but the pavilion in which it is housed deflated. The shuttle exhibit will remain closed while repairs are made, but the shuttle is visible meanwhile from the Intrepid's flight deck and pier. The museum's welcome center, including ticket counters and gift shop, was also badly damaged and will not immediately reopen.