But finally on Thursday, they made it to the Empire State Building and then stood in line with dozens of others for a 1:30 p.m. Circle Line boat. The sightseeing cruises are being offered as two-hour tours, rather than the full circle around Manhattan, and because the company's phone lines remained down, visitors wanting tickets had to go to the pier.
"The boats are fine, the pier is fine," said company spokesman Jason Hackett. "We operated our first boat this morning at 80 percent capacity."
The Staten Island ferry, a free ride that's popular with tourists because it offers a beautiful view of New York Harbor, is expected to resume by the end of the week, with full service by tomorrow, Bloomberg promised.
The Brooklyn Bridge — a popular destination with tourists — was open to pedestrians but was more crowded with locals than usual as subway outages in Brooklyn and downtown Manhattan forced folks to walk and bike to work.
The New York City Marathon is scheduled to take place as planned Sunday.
Andrea Forrest, a German tourist boarding a Gray Line double-decker tour bus on Eighth Avenue Thursday, showed fortitude worthy of a New Yorker as she summed up her experience here riding out the storm. "We weren't afraid," she said. "We had a lot of fun."