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    Downtown Express
    October 12, 2011

    Lady Liberty museum to close for a year


    Visitors to the museum beneath the Statue of Liberty are greeted by the lady’s original torch, dating from 1886, and the flame, which was altered from its original design. Downtown Express photo by Terese Loeb Kreuzer

    The Statue of Liberty, whose exterior is one of the most familiar sights in the world, has a remarkable interior, which is visited by relatively few people compared with the hundreds of thousands a year who set foot on Liberty Island or see it as they enter and leave New York harbor. There are just a few more days to glimpse the statue’s interior before it closes to the public for a year.

    The Statue of Liberty (formally known as “Liberty Enlightening the World,”) a gift from France to the United States, was supposed to open in 1876 to celebrate the United States’ first hundred years. However, there were problems with funding and also political squabbles. Finally, on Oct. 28, 1886, U.S. President Grover Cleveland unveiled the statue amid a flotilla of three hundred boats in the harbor. The day was declared a holiday and around a million people lined the streets of New York to witness a parade of soldiers, firemen and marching bands. Downtown Manhattan’s first ticker tape parade took place that day.

    This year, on Oct. 28, there will again be a celebration with music, speeches and fireworks and then the next day the pedestal will close in order to update the statue’s mechanical and electrical systems, to install new elevators and to reconfigure the interior staircases to make them safer. The $27.25 million refurbishment is expected to take a year to complete. During this time, Liberty Island itself will remain open with tours led by National Park Rangers, an audio guide available in nine languages, stunning vistas of the statue and of New York harbor, a restaurant with good, well-priced food and a gift shop.

    But the interior of the pedestal of the statue really is special. On the ground floor, vsitors are greeted by the lady’s original torch dating from 1886. On the second floor are most of the museum’s artifacts and photos. A gigantic, copper-clad face and foot from the time of the 1986 restoration, fabricated in the same way as the original with copper sheathing, show the dimensions of the statue next to puny humans.

    Photos depict the genesis of the statue from the time it was proposed by French scholar Edouard de Laboulaye, who wanted to recognize the affinity of France and the United States in the quest for liberty, through the years that sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi mused on the project. The exhibit includes his drawings and models and a record of Bartholdi’s visit to New York harbor in 1871 where he saw what was then called Bedloe’s Island for the first time and said that’s where his statue should be placed.

    Bartholdi was taken with the immensity of the United States and wanted to make something equally immense. His passion and tenacity are recorded in photos and words as is the genius of the engineer who made Bartholdi’s vision possible. Gustave Eiffel, best known for the Eiffel Tower in Paris, came up with a method for making the 151-foot-tall statue strong but flexible enough to withstand New York harbor’s biting winds. “It will stand,” he said simply of his extraordinary design.

    Visitors can currently ascend to the top of the pedestal (whose architecture, funding and fabrication are also described in the exhibit) and peer through portals in the ceiling to Eiffel’s support structure. A narrow, spiral staircase goes even further up to the statue’s crown. Special tickets were required to ascend the stairs. No more are available until the statue reopens in around a year.

    A walkway on the exterior of the pedestal affords panoramic views of Manhattan and of New York harbor.

    Entry to the monument pedestal is by Pedestal/Museum ticket only, available with the purchase of a reserved ticket online from Statue Cruises at or by calling (201) 604-2800.

    Only 3,000 pedestal tickets are available a day. There are just a few chances left.

    Published by: Community Media, LLC

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    October 24, 2011

    New Statue of Liberty 'Torch Cams' Offer Stunning City Views

    By Julie Shapiro
    DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

    A fish-eye view of the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor, from the statue's torch.

    A New York Harbor sunrise, as seen from the Statue of Liberty's torch.

    Five new cameras in the Statue of Liberty's torch will broadcast their view to the world.

    Brian Cury, CEO of EarthCam, installs cameras in the Statue of Liberty's torch.

    A view of New York Harbor and the rising One World Trade Center from the Statue of Liberty's torch.

    One of the cameras in the Statue of Liberty's torch will look down toward the crown.

    A new webcam offers a look inside the Statue of Liberty's torch.

    Nearly 100 years have passed since members of the public climbed up to Lady Liberty's torch and took in the stunning views of New York Harbor.

    Closed for safety reasons in 1916, the torch has long been inaccessible to everyone except for a few maintenance workers.

    But this week, in honor of the Statue of Liberty's 125th birthday, the National Park Service is launching new webcams that will broadcast the long-restricted vistas continuously to people all over the world.

    "It's like nothing you've ever seen before," said Brian Cury, CEO of EarthCam, the company that donated and installed the cameras. "You can enjoy an American icon from a vantage point that no one has really seen. It's really and truly amazing."

    The "torch cam" is actually five separate cameras posted on the torch, 305 feet above the ground. One points upward to offer a fish-eye view of the torch itself, one points down at the statue's crown and the other three capture panoramic views of lower Manhattan, Governors Island, Ellis Island and beyond.

    All five feeds will be available round-the-clock at the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation's website starting Oct. 28.

    "It's a breathtaking view," Stephen Briganti, the foundation's president, said in a statement. "The foundation is delighted to…bring never-before-seen views of Liberty Island and New York Harbor to the general public."

    The new torch cameras are just one piece of a daylong celebration of Lady Liberty on Friday, marking the 125th anniversary of the statue's dedication.

    The festivities will kick off with a naturalization ceremony for 125 immigrants hailing from more than 40 countries, including Haiti, Honduras, China, Croatia and Senegal.

    Then, the formal program at 10 a.m. will feature Sigourney Weaver reading the Emma Lazarus poem "The New Colossus" and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar presenting a gift of friendship to a French representative, as a token of thanks for their gift of the Statue of Liberty in 1886.

    "The statue has evolved in meaning since she first graced our shores 125 years ago," David Luchsinger, superintendent of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, said in a statement.

    "She began as a symbol of friendship between France and the United States, evolved into a symbol of our great country, and is known today as an international symbol of freedom for people everywhere. This coming Friday is an opportunity to celebrate her complete legacy."

    The celebration will conclude Friday evening with a 7:45 p.m. fireworks show sponsored by Macy's, which, for the first time in 25 years, will feature pyrotechnics launched from Liberty Island itself. The 12-minute show will be scored to patriotic tunes including "God Bless America" and "The Stars and Stripes Forever."

    Following the ceremony, the Statue of Liberty will close for a year of renovations, but Liberty Island will remain open to visitors.

    For more information about the 125th anniversary events, visit the National Park Service's website.

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    Last edited by BigMac; October 24th, 2011 at 12:12 PM.

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    That is awesome.

    If they can keep them in good repair for another 100 years, imagine the movie they could make....

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    Wow that Harbor Cam is the best, you don't have to wait for it to refresh.

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    Mac, could you offer the original link so I can forward w/o a direct link here?


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    What a moving image..

    Benjamin GS

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    Tanks Mac!

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    Give Me Your Tired Monuments

    Statue of Liberty to reopen with improved accessibility.

    by Liz McEnaney

    Section through the monumental base. Courtesy M+SA

    One hundred and twenty-six years after the people of France gifted her to the United States, the Statue of Liberty is scheduled to reopen to the public this fall following a year-long project to improve accessibility and safety at the monument.

    Dedicated in 1886, the statue was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Bartholdi, whose fellow countryman Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel engineered the statue’s skeletal support system. American Richard Morris Hunt designed the granite pedestal for the “Mother of Exiles,” as the statue was called by Emma Lazarus whose sonnet The New Colossus (“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”) is engraved on a bronze plaque mounted inside the pedestal.

    A multi-disciplinary design team headed by New Jersey–based Mills + Schnoering Architects (M+Sa) led the upgrade project for the National Park Service (NPS). The goal of the project was “to make the monument code compliant in the context of historic preservation,” said Hugh Duffy, project manager at the NPS. One of the “pinch points” for the project was to install a new elevator and two new code compliant stairs in the shaft of the pedestal, allowing visitors access to the pedestal’s observation level, as well as the crown observation platform.

    Detail of staircase and nested fire staircase.

    The team at M+Sa used 3-dimensional building information modeling (BIM) and laser scanning technology to determine the location of the new elevator and stairs—a challenge in a space that measures approximately 30 feet wide and is spanned with Eiffel-designed steel support beams. Almost 1,300 cubic feet of historic concrete dating from 1886 had to be removed from the pedestal to accommodate these new means of egress. The two new stairs do a “dance in the middle of the pedestal” to avoid the historic Eiffel fabric, described Michael Mills, partner at M+Sa.

    Work to the monument also included the installation of a new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system to improve visitor comfort. The NPS has been working for the past four years to preserve the Statue and make it code compliant. In 2009, improvements including new handrails and guiderails were made to the double helix staircases leading to the crown. Visitors can see these stairs when looking up from the top level of the pedestal through the interior of the statue to the crown.

    The new design will improve the trip and experience of all parts of the monument. “By enhancing safety and accessibility to this national monument, we continue to celebrate America’s most lasting legacy,” said Duffy.

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    Holy Escher Batman!

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    Statue of Liberty to reopen after a year of renovations -
    By Leigh Remizowski , CNN
    updated 7:56 AM EDT, Thu October 25, 2012

    New York (CNN) -- The Statue of Liberty is set to reopen Sunday after a year of renovations intended to make the iconic 19th-century gift from France easier to navigate and more accessible to visitors with disabilities.
    The interior of the copper colossus has been closed to visitors since October 2011.

    On Sunday, the monument's 126th birthday, visitors using wheelchairs will for the first time be able to visit one of the observation decks, located near the feet of Lady Liberty.

    "You see this stuff on TV ... but to actually be here, it takes on a whole brand new dimension," said Larry Hughes, a Vietnam War veteran and the first wheelchair user to ride the newly installed elevator to the deck.
    As he looked out onto the Manhattan skyline, Hughes said he felt blessed to be inside the statue instead of looking at it from afar.

    The renovations include new staircases to allow visitors to better traverse the statue's pedestal and observation platform, as well as an emergency elevator.
    Statue of Liberty Superintendent David Luchsinger called the additions phenomenal, and estimated the new design will allow some 26,000 more people to visit inside the monument each year.
    About 3.5 million visitors greet Lady Liberty each year.

    "Folks that have never been able to maneuver on the staircases can now go all the way up to the observation deck and experience that," he said. "She's not only our Statue of Liberty, she's the world's statue of Liberty."
    The final cost of renovations will be about $30 million when they are completed in early 2013, Luchsinger said.

    Visitors need advance reservations to ensure they're able to go inside the monument. Reservations are now available through the end of 2012.

    After the September 11, 2001, attacks, the inside of the statue was not open to the public until 2004. It wasn't until five years later that visitors were able to climb stairs to the top of her crown.

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    The statue's epically compact staircase was the most memorable part of my visit in 1999 (or was it 2000?). As a kid, I found its narrow width and crowds awesome; nowadays I might find it claustrophobic. Extra access features might take away some of that charm, but that's the type of charm you find in, say, an abandoned factory - if open for mass public access, safety comes first. Thanks for posting the alterations to the lower levels, but I'd love to see plans/images of the interior in the upper portion, the one with the spiral staircase.

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    At least you can go into the crown again, and it being handicapped accessible is a plus. Maybe they can do a periodic lottery, with each ferry group, where a handful can even go up into the torch.

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    Go ahead, Sandy. Blow all you want. I'm not going anywhere. These people need me. I have always been here, and I'll be here long after you're gone.

    Statue of Liberty is closed indefinitely in the aftermath of monster storm Sandy

    Lady Liberty had just reopened last weekend after a $30 million overhaul. While Liberty Island and Ellis Island were both threatened by rising flood waters, the statue and museum don't appear to have suffered any significant damage. By Larry Mcshane / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

    (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

    Waves crash over the bow of a tug boat as it passes near the Statue of Liberty on Monday. Lady Liberty is being closed off indefinitely.

    Thursday, November 1, 2012, 3:57 PM
    The Statue of Liberty, reopened last weekend after a $30 million refurbishing, is closed indefinitely after the hurricane’s massive storm surge flooded its New York Harbor home.
    Liberty Island and its historic neighbor, Ellis Island, were both victimized by the record high water level in the harbor as Hurricane Sandy took no mercy on the national landmarks, said National Parks Service spokeswoman Mindy Rambo.
    A quick examination showed no damage to the statue and no water damage to the Ellis Island museum, she said. But a team of federal inspectors was due at the two sites Saturday to conduct a full assessment of any possible infrastructure problems at the two island sites.
    “There was water damage to the Statue of Liberty site,” said Rambo. “We will not know until the team is through exactly how long the site will be closed.”

    (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    The passenger terminal for a ferry that takes riders to the Statue of Liberty was in shambles from superstorm Sandy on Tuesday.

    The statue’s crown just reopened to the public last Sunday after a year-long renovation for Lady Liberty. New steps — a daunting 393, up from the old total of 354 — allowed better access to the crown with its panoramic views of the city skyline and the Jersey shoreline.
    Other upgrades included new granite staircases outside the monument, upgrades to the pedestal elevators and wheelchair access to the observation decks. It was unclear if the storm damaged any of the new additions to the 126-year-old gift from the people of France.
    Parks officials expected about 13,000 visitors to scale the new stairs to the crown in the last two months of this year — with all the tickets for a 2012 trip sold out before the statue was reopened. It was closed last October for the work to begin.

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