Just shy of two years after Hurricane Sandy struck New York, Breezy Point staple Kennedy's Restaurant is finally close to reopening. The bar and restaurant, which has stood along the water since 1910, added a glass loft space overlooking the bay during the repairs. It is already hosting private parties and plans to restart regular service by the end of the month. Kennedy's is one of the last restaurants hit by the storm to reopen. To put it in perspective, the River Cafe, which took a notably long time to get back up and running, made its grand return nearly nine months ago.
Of the restaurants that have promised to return, the Bridge Cafe, the historic, 220-year-old tavern in South Street Seaport, may be the last still trying to do so. Many dates have come and gone now (at last check, they were saying last March), but progress continues to creep along.