Article and Multimedia by Elisha Fieldstadt and Justin Goldberg
Visitors to the South Street Seaport will remember tourist-filled sidewalks, cafes and bars whose seating areas spilled outside, chain stores and kiosks with quirky souvenirs. Now, the cobblestone streets are no longer filled with excited tourists but rather scattered with construction workers in HAZMAT suits. Outdoor tables and chairs have been toppled and joined by debris pushed out of windows by the gushing water of the East River that overwhelmed Lower Manhattan during Hurricane Sandy. Stores like Abercrombie & Fitch and Brookstone are boarded up, with no indication of a prospective return date and street vendors are displaced by large National Disaster Team trailers.