When Travel Channel’s Hotel Impossible team decided to take on an east coast hotel impacted by Hurricane Sandy a year ago, it was very personal. Hotel Impossible host Anthony Melchiorri’s Belle Harbor, Queens, neighborhood was one of the areas hardest hit. The neighborhood was home to many first responders who were out heroically helping others, while raging waters and fires were destroying their own homes.
Travel Channel knew this needed to be bigger than one episode and wanted to help as many people as possible. The only way to do this was to break out of the traditional formula of the series: Anthony helping one hotel owner over a period of five days. This time the series would create two “special” episodes, filmed over 14 days to help the many people in Seaside Heights and Seaside Park, N.J. affected.
The emotional one-year anniversary specials premiere tonight, October 21, and next Monday, October 28. As you’ll see, the specials feature the rebuilding, improving and upgrading of several devastated hotels, a beach playground and the 100-year-old volunteer fire department. At the end of the two weeks, the whole town gathers at the playground to celebrate the beach officially reopening. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie stops by as well, and shares the town’s heartfelt appreciation to Melchiorri and Travel Channel for all the work done in the community.
Make sure to check out the first installment of the two-part “Operation Sandy” special tonight at 10pm ET/PT on Travel Channel.