Some of you are travelling to New York and are wondering about the impact of the shutdown of the US Federal Government on your trip to New York.
I’m hoping I can help you with some of the questions you may have regarding this event even if I don’t work in politics or employed by the office of tourism of New York. I just compiled some information given by the media.
What’s the impact of the U.S government shutdown on tourism in New York?
├ What’s going on?
├ >Which services are closed in the United-States because of the Government Shutdown?
├ What park and national museums are closed in New York?
├ What attractions or museums are open?
└ How long the shutdown will last?
What’s going on?
On December 22, an agreement failed regarding the US Federal Budget and as a result, the partial shutdown of the federal administration became inevitable. More than 800.000 out of three millions federal workers will have to work with a late pay or are now forced to take a leave without pay.
Which services are closed in the United-States because of the Government Shutdown?
It’s mainly non-essential agencies that are affected.
Security such as (police, customs, FBI, CIA, NSA..), hospitals, schools, transportations, justice remain open.
Unfortunately, the non-essential ones includes National Parks and museums.
What park and national museums are closed in New York?
In New York City, most city parks belong to the city for instance: Central Park, Bryant Park, Madison Square and are safe from the shutdown.
Very few museums and monuments are closed:
– African Burial Ground National Monument
– Castle Clinton National Monument
– Federal Hall National Memorial
– Fort Wadsworth
– General Grant National Memorial
– Hamilton Grange National Memorial
– Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site
– The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.
What attractions or museums are open?
Most of the attraction will be open:
– The Statue of Liberty (could be closed if the shutdown remains, there’s no official information yet)
– Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, One World Observatory
– MET (Metropolitan Museum)
– American Museum of Natural History
– Madame Tussauds
– Circle Line cruises
– Intrepid , Sea, Air & Space Museum
– etc …
How long the shutdown will last?
This situation can last until a new vote is proposed by the Congress, which can take days or even weeks.
There was a shutdown in 1995 that lasted 3 weeks! In October 2013, it lasted 16 days, and the last one was in January 2018 and only lasted 3 days.
To be followed 🙁
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