Statue of Liberty to Close for Repairs
Statue of Liberty to Close for a Year
The Statue of Liberty is closing for repairs. The Statue of Liberty will close on October 29, 2011, which is the day after its 125th birthday. The yearlong repairs (yeah, right) will cost an estimabed $27.5 million. Liberty Island will remain open during the Lady Liberty repairs.
The crown had only been reopened since 2009, so most of us were used to it being closed. From 1984-1986, the Statue of Liberty underwent drastic renovation (arm reattachment, head adjustment) which required all that superstructure that they made fun of in Mad Magazine.
Admit it: you didn't want to wait in line so you just looked at the statue from the outside. This is what most tourists do. Actually, the best Statue of Liberty experience is via the Staten Island Ferry, and it's free.
While a New York landmark and UNESCO Heritage Site, the Statue of Liberty lives in New Jersey. Check the state line.
The Statue of Liberty, a gift from France, was dedicated on October 28, 1886.
"Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor..."
The inscription mounted inside the Statue of Liberty is a sonnet by Emma Lazarus called "The New Colossus":
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"