December 28, 2012 |
We travel, we craft bucket lists , we read about exotic destinations that will open a window on the world, but do we actually retain anything? Here's a chance to find out. Napa Valley-based freelance writer Bob Ecker created the Travel Quiz 2012 for his travel column at Examiner.com . It has 25 brain-busters that will leave you thinking, singing and maybe embarrassed about how few you can answer. The answers will be posted next week (though I've already seen them)
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.
November 15, 2012 |
An Andy Warhol silkscreen depiction of the Statue of Liberty created in 1962 has sold for $43.8 million at a Christie's sale in New York. The sale was part of a larger Christie's contemporary art auction Wednesday that brought in a hefty $412.3 million. "Statue of Liberty" features multiple tiled images of the famous statue, with each image sporting a 3-D effect. (The auction house marketed the catalogue with a pair of 3-D glasses, according to reports.) Christie's said the painting was sold from a private collection but did not reveal the owner. The sale price doesn't break any records for Warhol.
October 29, 2012 |
The long-awaited reopening of the Statue of Liberty went off Sunday on the landmark's 126th anniversary. But it abruptly closed, as did everything else in New York City, because of Hurricane Sandy. The public will have to wait a few days longer to see the $30-million year-long makeover -- the new 393 steps to the crown, the new wheelchair access area and other upgrades. (Visiting the crown requires advance tickets .) The statue is closed Monday and Tuesday with no word yet on plans for Wednesday.
September 13, 2012 |
Another birthday, another face-lift. The Statue of Libert y in New York Harbor marks its 126th year with the reopening of the inside of the landmark that's been undergoing a $27-million renovation. Public access to observation levels at the statue's pedestal and crown is set to resume Oct. 28. Tourists will be allowed to enter the monument "on a limited basis while the project moves to completion by the end of the year," David Luchsinger, superintendent of Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island , said in a statement Wednesday.
October 29, 2011 |
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.