New York City schools opened Monday a week after Hurricane Sandy killed 40 people in the Big Apple, while further stretches of the subway were rolling again and electricity was restored to most homes.
Nonetheless, 65 of the more than 1,100 public schools in the city have not been able to resume classes due to hurricane damage or because they are still being used as shelters and for storing aid supplies to help those most affected by the storm.
"I don't want to go back to school," said a fourth-grader Monday morning on his way to PS 198 in Manhattan, not very pleased that his unexpected week's vacation was over, while others with a more positive outlook couldn't wait to see their friends again.
The subway reopened more of its rail network on Monday, though 4 out of its 23 lines are still out of commission.
Electricity has gradually been coming back on, and Monday morning the number of customers without service dropped below 100,000, compared with the 660,000 who suffered power outages when the storm blew in.
Also showing improvement is the gasoline supply, with the scarcity dispelled by measures the authorities have taken over the past few days. EFE