In advance of a massive site overhaul, corporate landlord Howard Hughes has informed the restaurants and other businesses at Pier 17 in the Seaport that they must close up shop by May 1, DNAinfo reports. Sal Himami, who with his family operates Pacific Grill, Nathan's, and the Seaport Cafe, says he and the other business owners had been told previously they'd be able to stay until May 31, and some are asking to stay until tourist season wraps in October. The historic lower Manhattan neighborhood and most of its businesses were damaged during Hurricane Sandy, so merchants are hoping the corporation will give them more time to recover from the storm's effects so they can relocate successfully and continue doing business elsewhere. [DNAinfo, Earlier]
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