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.
July 5, 2013 |
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.
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.
May 9, 2013 |
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.
March 19, 2013 |
[ 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?