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Chelsea Piers to Reopen After Hurricane Sandy Repairs

By Mathew Katz | November 29, 2012 2:15pm

CHELSEA — After more than a month of repairs to fix damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy, most of the attractions at the Chelsea Piers mega-complex will reopen this weekend.

The 28-acre complex took on about 5 feet of water during the storm, according to a spokeswoman, causing extensive damage to the entire first floor. Electric systems, ice compressors, the gymnastics field house, soccer field and basketball courts were all destroyed.

Chelsea Piers could not give an estimate of the total cost of repairs, as they are ongoing. Hundreds of Piers staff members started fixing the facility shortly after the floodwaters receded.

To celebrate the long-awaited reopening, admission to the the facility's skating rink will be free from 1 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Sports Center, long a popular destination for working out, will have complimentary tea and coffee to welcome back members.

The popular Chelsea Piers Golf Club, where members can typically practice their swing year-round at the multi-level driving range, will remain closed for another two weeks and reopen on Dec. 15.