Old Booth Was Shut Down By Superstorm Sandy

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — While much of the South Street Seaport remains closed due to the effects of Superstorm Sandy, the popular TKTS discount booth has now returned.

The booth, where customers can buy half-price tickets to both Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, reopened at 11 a.m. at a temporary site at Fulton and South streets. Its temporary home just so happens to be an old shipping container.

“They’ve brought in shipping containers, basically, that they have transformed into shops,” explained Theater Development Fund managing director Michael Naumann. “They take a shipping container and they line it with plywood and flooring, cut holes in it for doors, put in some air conditioning units, run electricity to them.”

The old TKTS booth at the South Street Seaport was closed by Sandy, and the rebuilding has taken longer than expected, Naumann told 1010 WINS. But the Theater Development Fund decided to use the temporary shipping container option as part of the South Street Seaport’s SEE/CHANGE program for renovation.

TKTS booths are also located in Times Square and in Brooklyn.

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