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December 4, 2012 | By Chris Erskine
The National Park Service still does not know when the Statue of Liberty will reopen or how much the island repairs will cost. The statue itself is intact but the storm flooded the island's power and heating systems. Brick paths around the 12-acre island are also torn up . . . . Throughout December, wine lovers can pick their favorite gingerbread replicas of 14 Sonoma wineries in the 7 th Annual Sonoma Valley Gingerbread Winery Contest . . . . The 5th Annual San Diego Big Bay Whale Festival will be held at the Port Pavilion on the Broadway Pier on Jan.
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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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June 14, 1985 | Associated Press
Liberty Island, home of the Statue of Liberty since 1886, will be closed to tourists for an entire year beginning June 24 because of the statue's ongoing face lift, officials said today. The remaining renovation work on the island will pose too much of a hazard to the public, monument, superintendent David Moffitt said. The island is to reopen on Lady Liberty's centennial, July 4, 1986.
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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December 30, 2002 | From Associated Press
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.
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.
NATIONAL
December 11, 2012 | By Richard Simon
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.
NEWS
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.
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August 11, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
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.
NEWS
December 28, 1985 | Associated Press
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.
NATIONAL
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
May 9, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
For travelers who want to be among the first to tour the Statue of Liberty when it reopens July 4, tickets are on sale for the ferry ride and tour options of the iconic landmark. The Statue of Liberty has been closed since Oct. 29 when Superstorm Sandy flooded Liberty Island and damaged a dock, brick walkways and the electrical system. The National Park Service in March promised to reopen the tourist attraction by the Fourth of July. Tickets to visit Liberty Island from July 4 to Sept.
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?
NATIONAL
December 11, 2012 | By Richard Simon
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.
NEWS
December 4, 2012 | By Chris Erskine
The National Park Service still does not know when the Statue of Liberty will reopen or how much the island repairs will cost. The statue itself is intact but the storm flooded the island's power and heating systems. Brick paths around the 12-acre island are also torn up . . . . Throughout December, wine lovers can pick their favorite gingerbread replicas of 14 Sonoma wineries in the 7 th Annual Sonoma Valley Gingerbread Winery Contest . . . . The 5th Annual San Diego Big Bay Whale Festival will be held at the Port Pavilion on the Broadway Pier on Jan.
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
May 9, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
For travelers who want to be among the first to tour the Statue of Liberty when it reopens July 4, tickets are on sale for the ferry ride and tour options of the iconic landmark. The Statue of Liberty has been closed since Oct. 29 when Superstorm Sandy flooded Liberty Island and damaged a dock, brick walkways and the electrical system. The National Park Service in March promised to reopen the tourist attraction by the Fourth of July. Tickets to visit Liberty Island from July 4 to Sept.
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.
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