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Halloween Parade To Be Postponed; NYC Marathon Still On Course For Sunday

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday evening that the annual Village Halloween Parade will be postponed from Wednesday due to the ongoing effects of Monday's storm.

It was announced earlier in the day that the parade, now in its 39th year, would be canceled. However, Bloomberg's statement raised the possibility that the parade would be moved to next week.

"Unfortunately, we just cannot spare the manpower from the NYPD and other city agencies to host the annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, so we are postponing it to a later date sometime next week," the mayor said. "We'll work tomorrow and figure out what date makes sense given the resources the city has."

The parade route goes through the West Village and Chelsea, two neighborhoods that are largely without power due to Monday's massive storm.

So far, the 2012 New York City Marathon, scheduled for this Sunday, is still going on as planned.

New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg says in a statement, "The marathon has always been a special day for New Yorkers as a symbol of the vitality and resiliency of this city. NYRR continues to move ahead with its planning and preparation. We will keep all options open with regard to making any accommodations and adjustments necessary to race day and race weekend events."

Bloomberg also announced Tuesday the city's public schools will remain closed Wednesday due to the effects related to the storm.

The City Council is rescheduling a meeting that would have originally been held Wednesday.

A Smashing Pumpkins concert at Barclays Center that was scheduled for Wednesday was postponed.

All city parks are closed until further notice.

All 10 national parks in New York Harbor are also closed until further notice, but National Parks officials say that the Statue of Liberty and its pedestal and Ellis Island were not damaged by Sandy.

Nets-Knicks Still On For Thursday Season Opener

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Meanwhile, many prominent city venues are opening up for business.

The Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks are still holding their scheduled season opener on Thursday at the Barclays Center, according to the NBA.

The New York Stock Exchange is opening for trading on Wednesday.

The Metropolitan Opera is resuming performances Wednesday night with Thomas Ades' "The Tempest."

All but four Broadway performances are going on as planned Wednesday. See the details below.

Wednesday School Closings

All city public and charter schools are closed Wednesday.
Success Academy Charter schools have canceled classes for the entire week.
All schools run by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York are closed Wednesday.

Private, independent and state school closings for Wednesday include:
• Columbia University -- Teachers College, The Mailman School of Public Health will not hold classes; The School of Continuing Education and the School of the Arts will not hold graduate classes; Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory will be closed.)
• All schools in the City University of New York (CUNY) system
• Pace University (NYC campus closed, Pleasantville campus and Grad Center in White Plains have canceled classes)
• The School of Visual Arts
• The School at Columbia University (Grades K-8)
• Institute of Culinary Education
• St Joseph's Parish Day School (Queens Village)
• All New Visions Charter High Schools (Bronx)
• Collegiate School
• The Children's Storefront Harlem

Other Wednesday Closings

• Broadway performances of "Evita," "The Lion King," "Mary Poppins" and "Scandalous" are canceled, and refunds and exchanges are being offered.
• U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York -- Manhattan courthouse only
• American Museum of Natural History (Its Halloween Celebration event is also canceled)
• Whitney Museum of American Art
• New York Public Library system
• Brooklyn Public Library system
• VA New York Harbor outpatient clinics, community based outpatient clinics, Manhattan VA Hospital
• City parks: Closed until further notice.
• All NYC National Parks
• Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum: Closed until further notice.

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