Six months after Hurricane Sandy surged through the Northeast, recovery remains spotty for affected businesses, many of them mom-and-pop shops.
"Smaller places are open that can be," said Sara Williams, co-owner of Fresh Salt, a restaurant in lower Manhattan's South Street Seaport. "Aside from that, the big chains are not open," she said.
Daytime foot traffic has returned to the historic commercial and residential neighborhood, known for its cobbled streets and proximity to the water. But many smaller as well as larger merchants, including the Gap, remained shuttered. Some residents moved out after the storm, and that has reduced the nighttime business generated by locals, Williams said.