December 30, 2002 |
Since last year's terrorist attacks, tourism has plummeted at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, across the harbor from the World Trade Center site. Some foreigners are staying away from New York, domestic visitors are spending less time and tight security remains in effect at Liberty Island, considered a target for terrorists. In the last year, an estimated 2.
March 19, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- The Statue of Liberty, whose feet remained dry but whose home was badly damaged by Superstorm Sandy, will reopen July 4 after extensive work to repair the infrastructure on her perch in New York Harbor is completed, officials announced Tuesday. "What a fitting day for Lady Liberty's return," Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said. From Washington, he joined Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and the National Park Service's northeast regional director, Dennis R. Reidenbach, in making the announcement during a conference call with reporters.
December 11, 2012 |
Among Superstorm Sandy victims still struggling to recover: Liberty Island. The Statue of Liberty remains indefinitely closed to the public due to damage on the island, joining another shuttered national icon, the Washington Monument, which has been closed due to damage from an Aug. 23, 2011, earthquake. The statue, the pedestal and base came through the storm, which made landfall Oct. 29 in southern New Jersey, without significant damage. But the docks that bring visitors to the island were seriously damaged, and more than half of the bricks in the walkway that circles the island in New York Harbor were dislodged and tossed about as water came probably within 10 to 15 feet of the statue's base, said National Park Service spokesman Mike Litterst. Security screening and concessionaire facilities also were damaged.
October 17, 1986
A New Jersey appeals court, saying state courts lack jurisdiction, has upheld a ruling that rejected the lawsuit brought by Rep. Frank J. Guarini (D-N.J.), who seeks to deny New York sovereignty over Liberty Island, site of the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island, home to generations of immigrants. Guarini's 1984 suit sought to abrogate an 1834 agreement between New York and New Jersey, which set boundaries between the two states, because the accord improperly gave New York sovereignty.
August 11, 2011 |
The Statue of Liberty officially turns 125 on Oct. 28, when musical programs and special tours are planned to mark the event. The next day, the entire inside of the national monument will be closed for a $27.25 million renovation expected to last a year, the National Park Service announced Wednesday. The work won't affect the outside of the building on Liberty Island, however, which will remain open to visitors throughout the project. Upgrades will be made to the statue's pedestal and the "200-year-old fort base from which the statue rises," including new elevators and stairways, redone bathrooms and improved electrical and mechanical systems, the park service says.
December 28, 1985 |
The auctioning of the Statue of Liberty by city officials who claim the federal government owes them nearly $1 million was stopped at the last minute Friday, and the mayor said such a sale would be "a disgrace." "How could you sell the greatest symbol of freedom in the world? It's like selling your grandmother. Could you do that?" asked Anthony Cucci, mayor of Jersey City, which overlooks New York Harbor and is a few hundred yards from Liberty Island.