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July 3, 2010 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
It's not easy being one of the most photographed women in the world. There are the come-ons from men, like the celebrity who just couldn't take no for an answer. There is the pressure to look perfect, flowing frock arranged just so and head held high as the sun threatens to melt your makeup or the rain soaks your ringlets. There is the physical strain of standing for hours on end as people stare in wonderment, occasionally tapping you to be sure you're real. And just try carrying that spiked headpiece and glowing torch — the trademarks of your fame — on board a plane nowadays.
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March 12, 2014 | By Lara Krupicka
The iconic Statue of Liberty, positioned in New York Harbor to welcome those entering the United States, stands as a symbol of what's best about our country and the freedom it has offered so many. But it was only when I visited Lady Liberty for the first time recently that I discovered something else she represents: an early example of crowdfunding. A display in the museum on Liberty Island describes how, in 1885, Joseph Pulitzer ran an appeal to readers of his newspaper the New York World for funds to build the statue's pedestal.
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NEWS
November 7, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Statue of Liberty National Monument has turned to social media to keep fans updated on damage to the 126-year-old statue inflicted by Superstorm Sandy. The landmark has been closed since Oct. 29 when the storm that left more than 110 people dead swept into New York and New Jersey. It remains closed indefinitely, as does nearby Ellis Island National Monument where more than 12 million immigrants once entered the United States. Before-and-after photos posted on the monument's Facebook page show brick pavers ripped up from a walkway on the north side of 12-acre Liberty Island.
NATIONAL
July 5, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Romance can be tumultuous, and no one knows that better than the Statue of Liberty. Over and over, Lady Liberty has been separated from her adoring public, most recently by an uninvited guest named Sandy who stormed through, leaving heartbreak and ruin in her wake. For eights months, the statue stood alone in New York Harbor, but the painful breakup was pushed aside Thursday as visitors returned to the Statue of Liberty for the first time since the superstorm shut her down on Oct. 29, 2012.
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April 16, 2011 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
The Lady Liberty of the Las Vegas Strip lacks the gravitas of her East Coast lookalike. She is half the size, a century younger and represents a coarser form of democracy: the freedom to choose which slot machine gobbles up your savings. Yet the Las Vegas replica recently snatched an honor from Lower Manhattan's celebrated greeter of the tired, poor and huddled masses: a star turn on a U.S. postage stamp. Postal Service officials, who issued the stamp in December, apparently thought the photo they'd selected was of the Lady Liberty dedicated in 1886 — not her progeny, who since 1997 has beckoned gamblers outside the New York New York Hotel & Casino, alongside an imitation Empire State Building.
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May 21, 2009
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1986 | TRACEY KAPLAN, Times Staff Writer
While Lady Liberty was being toasted in New York on Thursday, police in Hollywood were handcuffing her double after arresting her on a charge of trespassing at a detention facility used by the Immigration and Naturalization Service to hold illegal aliens.
NEWS
July 5, 1986 | TRACEY KAPLAN, Times Staff Writer
While Lady Liberty was being toasted in New York on Thursday, police in Hollywood were handcuffing her double after arresting her on a charge of trespassing at a detention facility used by the Immigration and Naturalization Service to hold illegal aliens.
TRAVEL
October 26, 1986 | FRANK RILEY, Riley is travel columnist for Los Angeles magazine and a regular contributor to this section
When we looked down from our hotel window at the weather report above Times Square, the words in neon were what might be expected in mid-October: Cloudy and cooler. The forecast gave support to our expectation that we could visit the reborn Statue of Liberty without the long lines that began with Lady Liberty's 100th birthday party over the July 4 weekend. So we rode the subway down to Battery Park and waited with crowds to board a Circle Line ferry over to Liberty Island.
BUSINESS
August 3, 2004 | From Reuters
Sandwich chain Subway Restaurants on Monday said it was ending a promotion at its German franchises that used an image of an obese Statue of Liberty. The promotion had sparked outrage from a leader in the U.S. Congress. Subway spokesman Kevin Kane said the promotion, which ended Monday, may have been pulled ahead of schedule. "The staff over in Germany has been contacting us daily because they feel bad," Kane said. "They may have said, 'OK, let's wrap this up.'
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July 4, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- The Statue of Liberty reopened to visitors Thursday for the first time since Hurricane Sandy washed ashore in October and severely damaged the island on which Lady Liberty sits. The statue was spared storm damage, and tens of thousands of visitors began lining up in Battery Park in lower Manhattan to pile onto the first ferry to the grassy island. Tickets to visit the statue's crown , a climb of 354 steps from the pedestal, sold out long ago. But visitors who could only enter the lower part of Lady Liberty weren't disappointed.
NEWS
June 27, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
As the Statue of Liberty prepares to reopen to visitors on July 4, one Manhattan hotel brand is ready with a Lady Liberty package. The Hotel @ Times Square and Broadway @ Times Square are offering rooms starting at $225 a night that include reimbursement to guests holding sightseeing tickets to the statue's crown. The deal: The offer favors travelers who already have tickets to visit the statue's crown . (I had a hard time finding times and dates available in late July and early August)
NEWS
March 19, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, This post has been updated. See note below.
[ Updated, 1:45 p.m. March 19: The National Park Service announced Tuesday that it plans to reopen the Statue of Liberty to visitors by July 4. Repairs to the docks where visitors disembark would be fixed with federal transportation funds, the announcement said.] The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island received $59 million to repair damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in October, but how to fix them remains up in the air. "Should the island be patched up quickly and reopened at the risk of further flooding or should longer repairs be made to relocate infrastructure up higher, with the hopes of minimizing further flooding?
NEWS
November 7, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Statue of Liberty National Monument has turned to social media to keep fans updated on damage to the 126-year-old statue inflicted by Superstorm Sandy. The landmark has been closed since Oct. 29 when the storm that left more than 110 people dead swept into New York and New Jersey. It remains closed indefinitely, as does nearby Ellis Island National Monument where more than 12 million immigrants once entered the United States. Before-and-after photos posted on the monument's Facebook page show brick pavers ripped up from a walkway on the north side of 12-acre Liberty Island.
NEWS
October 29, 2011 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
The Statue of Liberty hosted a 125th anniversary celebration Friday and then decided to take off the rest of this year and part of the next. Being a hostess, of course, can be a lot of work, but in this case, it's a lot of work that's being done to the hostess that will keep her closed for about a year. Now the party is over, although the National Park Service emphasizes that Liberty Island will remain open during the $27.25-million renovation. About 3.5 million people visit Liberty Island in a year, but only about only 2,500 tickets a day have been available for the inside tour of Lady Liberty, which means about two-thirds of the visitors don't go inside.
NEWS
July 3, 2011
The Statue of Liberty has been photographed countless times from all directions, but Jill Bowker, who had tickets that allowed access to the icon's crown, took a fresh look. The result is a bird's-eye view of the tablet in Lady Liberty's left arm. The inscription in Roman numerals says, "July 4, 1776," the date when the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence. Bowker and her family were in New York in May for their eldest daughter's graduation. The Sun Valley resident used a Samsung TL 225 12.2 megapixels camera.
NEWS
August 27, 1987 | SUE AVERY, Times Staff Writer
This city's 22-foot-tall replica of the Statue of Liberty has found a home at last. She will stand on a site west of City Hall on Valley Boulevard where she was placed temporarily earlier this month to gauge public reaction. The site was selected because the council wanted the statue to be visible and safe from vandals and to fit in with the surrounding buildings.
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April 16, 2011 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
The Lady Liberty of the Las Vegas Strip lacks the gravitas of her East Coast lookalike. She is half the size, a century younger and represents a coarser form of democracy: the freedom to choose which slot machine gobbles up your savings. Yet the Las Vegas replica recently snatched an honor from Lower Manhattan's celebrated greeter of the tired, poor and huddled masses: a star turn on a U.S. postage stamp. Postal Service officials, who issued the stamp in December, apparently thought the photo they'd selected was of the Lady Liberty dedicated in 1886 — not her progeny, who since 1997 has beckoned gamblers outside the New York New York Hotel & Casino, alongside an imitation Empire State Building.
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