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Statue of Liberty Crown Trips Cut

June 21, 1998

Visitors who want to climb to the Statue of Liberty's crown this summer will have to catch the first available ferries, at 8:30 a.m., from Battery Park in New York or Liberty State Park in Jersey City--or forget it. From June 29 through Sept. 7, only passengers on those ferries will be allowed to make the 354-step climb. The National Park Service said the summer-only rules are designed to reduce three-hour waits in line and medical evacuations of tourists who can't take the heat of an afternoon climb; last summer, 160 people were treated for such problems. The ferry schedule also has been expanded to handle more visitors. Information: tel. (212) 363-7620.

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