Coney Island Reopens for First Time Since Superstorm Sandy

The iconic New York hot spot celebrates with a hot dog-eating contest.
2:25 | 03/24/13

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Transcript for Coney Island Reopens for First Time Since Superstorm Sandy
We have a sure sign of spring and more importantly of a sign of recovery following superstorm sandy. Coney island opens for the first time. Marsi, this has been a day from new yorkers to tourists have been waiting for. Reporter: Absolutely, bianna. There's a lot of work left to do. Considering much of this area was under 5 feet of water months ago, this opening day celebration planned for today is not only exciting it's olic. The signs of the board walk of new york's coney island, now the anthem of a comeback. Ready to rock 'n roll. Reporter: A triumphant return to the high-flying greatness that has brought visitors here for more than a century. A far lane from the mess left behind when superstorm sandy ripped through here last october. When you see that debris, that's just unbelievable. Reporter: The amusement park buried in sand. The electrical systems of rides, destroyed. We had the water up to here and the problem was, it wasn't regular water. Reporter: It's a storm damaged story echoed. Where rides were buried beneath six feet of water. The boardwalk ripped to pieces. These legendary beachside amusement parks are beating the odds. Reopening on schedule today. We're resilient. We're resilient new yorkers. Reporter: It took almost five months of hard work and millions of dollars. But, soon, the wooden blanks of the famous cyclone will rumble and the smell of nathan's famous hot dogs will fill the air. A celebration of so much more. Our way of saying that new york made it through sandy. Back to normalcy. And what a celebration on coney island be without a hot dog eating contest, today they are holding a qualifying match for the big contest on july 4th and dan, don't worry, I already signed you up.

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