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Shutdown: NY airports back to normal, park sites not so much

Posted at 12:41 PM, Jan 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-26 12:43:02-05

NEW YORK — In New York, airports are returning to normal, but some museums and historical sites run by the National Park Service remain shuttered as officials scramble to bring back staff.

The Federal Aviation Administration reports that flights at LaGuardia and Kennedy airports restricted during the shutdown were landing and taking off Saturday morning with about 15-minute delays.

The National Park Service is preparing to resume operations nationally, but deputy director P. Daniel Smith says schedules for individual sites may vary depending on staff size and complexity.

In Manhattan, the African Burial Ground National Monument was open Saturday. Calls went unanswered at other park service locations including The National Museum of the American Indian, the Hamilton Grange National Memorial, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and Theodore Roosevelt’s Birthplace.