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    I saw the damage done to that horrid white tent when I went down to Battery Park on Friday.

    Maybe now they'll get that ugly thing off the breakwater, and return the waterfront to open space.

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    amen!
    (and welcome back)

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    Thanks. I enjoyed out downtown adventure in the dark and without electronic toys. What we went through was nothing, especially compared with what others are having to deal with.

    Hoping Zip is OK.

    Here's a great pic of our little island after the deluge (Thursday, 1 November):

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    Photo: Iwan Baan

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    Friday afternoon, while I was walking around down by Battery Park, a big explosion suddenly went off out in the harbor. Then another. Smoke rising from the northwest edge of Ellis Island. Then "BOOM" again. And again. One about every ten minutes. Sirens screaming, NYPD & FDNY converged at the water's edge. No one knew what the hell was going on.

    Turned out that the FBI & Coast Guard were setting off munitions that had been water damaged in the storm.

    But it seems nobody notified NYC since the action was technically taking place in New Jersey territory. Cops on scene in BPC were somewhat humored by it all, after the fact.

    So much for coordinated efforts in times of emergency. Everybody has a lot to learn from this bad experience, on all fronts.

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    But it seems nobody notified NYC since the action was technically taking place in New Jersey territory. Cops on scene in BPC were somewhat humored by it all, after the fact.

    So much for coordinated efforts in times of emergency. Everybody has a lot to learn from this bad experience, on all fronts.
    Nothing to see here folks! Head on home.







    Photo: Iwan Baan

    Looks undressed.

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    Storm Leaves Lady Liberty and Ellis Island Cut Off From Visitors

    By PATRICK MCGEEHAN


    Kevin Daley/National Park Service More than half of the brick pavers from the promenade
    around Liberty Island were dislodged by the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy.


    Hurricane Sandy did no real harm to the Statue of Liberty but caused “significant damage” to the infrastructure of Liberty Island and Ellis Island, which will leave them closed to tourists indefinitely, a spokesman for the National Park Service said on Thursday.

    Most notably, the dock at Liberty Island that receives the large ferries filled with tourists arriving from Battery Park in Manhattan and Liberty State Park in New Jersey may need to be rebuilt. Statue Cruises, the company that operates the ferries, said it had stopped selling tickets to visit the islands and did not know when its service would resume.

    The storm hit just a day after the interior of the statue was reopened after a yearlong renovation. On Oct. 28, Ken Salazar, the secretary of the interior, visited the statue as the storm was roaring up the East Coast. The Park Service had hoped to allow tourists into the statue again by Nov. 1, but the damage to the islands was much more severe than expected.

    Mike Litterst, a spokesman for the “incident management team” that the Park Service has assembled in New York City, said the statue, its pedestal and its base received “little or no damage.”

    But, he added, none of the mechanical systems, including electricity, on Liberty Island were functioning after the basement of the building that houses a cafe and gift shop flooded.

    The basement of the museum building on Ellis Island filled with several feet or water, which ruined mechanical equipment but did not harm any of the museum’s archives or artifacts, Mr. Litterst said.

    The security screening apparatus housed in a large tent on the Battery Park waterfront was also “significantly damaged,” he said. A water line on the side of the tent indicated the tide had risen to about the level of the conveyor belts on the magnetometers inside the tent.

    Tourists with tickets to visit the statue and Ellis Island have been showing up there only to be disappointed to find that the islands are closed off.

    Malcolm Gurr, 70, a retired public servant from Melbourne, Australia, was in town to watch his son run in the New York City Marathon, which was canceled last Friday, and on Thursday went to the Battery with hopes of visiting Ellis Island.

    “I just assumed it would be open,” he said.

    Mr. Gurr said he went to Ellis Island once before, in 2002, and found it fascinating. “I’m into history, and it’s a crucial part of American history,” he said. “Australia is a nation of immigrants as well.”

    A pair of Danish tourists on their first visit to the city — Finn Christiansen, 52, and his partner, Berit Sorensen, 52 — had planned to ride a ferry to the Statue of Liberty.

    “We wanted to visit if we could; it’s one thing we are knowing from New York,” said Mr. Christiansen, who sells plants and gardening supplies from his home near Copenhagen. “You see it in the newspapers, that’s why we wanted to visit.”

    Nearby, Statue Cruises was loading dozens of tourists onto boats for cruises around the harbor that would take them as close to the statue as the Park Service would allow. Normally, the ferries take about 7,500 passengers to the islands each day at this time of year.

    Mr. Litterst said the incident management team comprised 238 Park Service employees from around the country, including representatives of 150 national parks. Its leader, he said, came from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and his deputy came from Everglades National Park in Florida.

    The team is helping to clean up all of the national park sites in and around New York City, almost all of which remain have closed since the storm, Mr. Litterst said. He said that Federal Hall on Wall Street lacked power and that a marina in Gateway National Recreation Area sustained a lot of damage. At Sandy Hook in New Jersey, floodwater seeped into all of the buildings, and the roads need to be cleared of sand and debris.

    The only national park site in the area that has reopened is St. Paul’s Church, Mr. Litterst said. Four others — Federal Hall, the African Burial Ground, Grant’s Tomb and the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace – could reopen as soon as Saturday.

    He had no estimate of when the Statue of Liberty’s torch, which went dark when Hurricane Sandy struck, would again serve as a beacon in New York Harbor.

    http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/20...from-visitors/

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    Quick comment... brick pavers? NP. I would be concerned about their support... which LOOKED OK from the picture.

    Cosmetics can always be "refurbished", but substructure.... if you do not replace it, repairs can never really get it back to what it was.

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    Statue of Liberty or Dipstick of the Apocalypse?



    This image by Owen Freeman illustrated last month’s New York Times post-Sandy op-ed by James Atlas, “Is This the End?” Freeman says in his blog that it was commissioned by Times Art Director Erich Nagler, who “proposed an underwater, Atlantis-type view of New York City.” Freeman shows working sketches for the Statue image as well as underwater views of Grand Central Terminal and a city intersection with skyscrapers. The Times’ selection of his Statue of Liberty image says something about what rattles us most. It also extends a long tradition of using the statue as a post-apocalyptic milestone, one with roots pre-dating the statue itself.



    The Statue of Liberty is seen even farther submerged by global warming, but from above the water line, in Steven Spielberg’s 2001 Science Fiction film, A.I. As a sci-fi film device, this image has a clear heritage . . .


    Franklin J. Shaffner’s 1968 film, Planet of the Apes, ends with this visual kicker, revealing that – spoiler alert! – the planet ruled by apes is no less than our own future earth, turned into a vast desert by man himself. Same recipe as now, but with sand substituted for water.



    Planet of the Apes may have been the first film to show a ruined Statue of Liberty, but the idea has a longer history in print, as documented by the surely pseudonymous Joachim Boaz in his blog Science Fiction and Other Suspect Ruminations. He displays no fewer than six pulp science fiction covers showing the statue underwater, buried in desert sand, and discovered by spacemen or post-apocalyptic primitives. Selected above are, left to right, a 1941 magazine cover by Hubert Rogers, a 1953 magazine cover by Alex Schomburg and a 1959 novel cover by an illustrator known only as Blanchard. These might be assumed to reflect Cold War insecurity, except for the Astounding Science Fiction cover from pre-Bomb 1941, which shows an overgrown statue approached by raft-borne throwbacks. Clearly, there’s something older at work.

    full article at ArchiTakes

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    The Statue is rather flimsy, having required multiple extensive repairs, and that 1916 incident almost dropped its right arm. I understand the symbolism and drama of the statue in cinematography, but realistically I expect numerous other tall structures across the city to weather an apocalypse better than ole Lady Liberty.

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    ^That's why Hollywood does it. They love that kind of thing. It's not as dramatic to them simply showing a tall building collapsing. They gotta destroy one of the national symbols first or their movie will feel incomplete.

    Statue of Liberty, closed since Hurricane Sandy, will re-open by July 4


    Severe damage made the island unsafe for visitors. A new dock will be built.


    Dan Friedman / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 3:29 PM



    Bryan Smith/for New York Daily News

    The walkways and docks that serve the Statue of Liberty were badly damaged in Hurricane Sandy — but the island will reopen by July 4.



    WASHINGTON — The Statue of Liberty, closed since Hurricane Sandy last year, will reopen by the Fourth of July, officials announced Tuesday.
    The statue was unharmed in the Oct. 29 superstorm, but the storm surge severely damaged docks and walkways, rending Liberty Island unvisitable.
    David Handschuh/New York Daily News

    A dock was also rendered useless.


    RELATED: YEARNING TO BREATHE FREE
    The rising tide rose to just a few feet from the base of the fabled statue, which salutes America’s “tempest-tost” immigrants.
    Bryan Smith/for New York Daily News

    The Oct. 29 storm damaged brick and marble along the promenade.


    The closure of the island and statue also tossed 400 National Park Service workers to the unemployment line. They will all return when the island reopens, said Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).
    RELATED: CITY, FEDS CLASH OVER LIBERTY ISLAND SECURITY
    The island is slated to receive millions in recovery funding through the Sandy relief bill approved this year.


    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...#ixzz2O1S6vvwV
    Last edited by mariab; March 19th, 2013 at 05:23 PM.

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    Wow they said they were going to do it, and they actually did it. Liberty set to open for July 4th!

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/...icle-1.1386303

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