Chelsea Piers Reopens a Month After Sandy

By Jonathan Vigliotti
|  Monday, Dec 3, 2012  |  Updated 9:14 AM EDT
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Chelsea Piers reopened Saturday after a month of round-the-clock cleanup efforts to repair the damage caused by Sandy. Jonathan Vigliotti reports.

Jonathan Vigliotti

Chelsea Piers reopened Saturday after a month of round-the-clock cleanup efforts to repair the damage caused by Sandy. Jonathan Vigliotti reports.

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Chelsea Piers reopened Saturday after a month of round-the-clock cleanup efforts to repair the damage caused by Sandy.

"Seven days a week, 46 different contractors, hundreds of employees." said Chelsea Piers spokeswoman Erica Schietinger of the work to restore the five-block-long athletic facility. "It was a team effort."

Flooding from the Hudson River left much of Chelsea Piers' first floor under water, forcing the complex to replace equipment, carpeting and sheet rock, a price tag estimated in the millions.

"After the hurricane I walked in and I was in tears. It was really heartbreaking," said Desiree Sanchez, an instructor at Chelsea Piers. "Last night, standing here 30 days later I had tears again, but they came from a much happier place."

While most of the facility now shows little signs of Sandy, some sections, like the bowling alley, still need work.

"It was all so shocking," Schietinger said. 

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