Here She Is: Statue Of Liberty Reopens On Independence Day
Mark Memmott on July 4th, 2013
It’s an even more notable July 4th this year on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, where the Statue of Liberty is open for the first time since Superstorm Sandy pummeled the Mid-Atlantic region last fall.
As Eyder reported in March, the National Park Service had a lot of work to do on the island after Sandy. While the statue wasn’t damaged, “docks, the energy infrastructure on Ellis Island and … the security screening system” were crippled.
Thursday, the first ferry to the island left Manhattan at 8:30 a.m. ET. As you would expect, tickets and reservations are said to be sold out for today. If you’re hoping to visit in coming days or weeks, the Park Service has all the details about how to do that posted here.
You don’t have to be in New York City, though, to get a live view of Lady Liberty on the 4th. There’s a trio of webcams here — including one that gives a nice wide view from across the harbor.
Also, National Geographic has posted “Rare Views of Statue of Liberty in Time for Reopening,” and our colleagues at WNYC have re-posted their 2011 video report on the statue’s 125th anniversary.
Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
This entry was posted in News from NPR
. Bookmark the permalink
An appeals court reduced the sentence of former Korean Air executive Heather Cho. She demanded a plane return to the gate because her macadamia nuts weren’t served in a manner to her liking.
Steve Cook, who heads the Midwest Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association, tells NPR that soldiers returning from World War II formed biker gangs, which became infamous during a 1947 riot.
Prosecutor Marilyn J. Mosby said at a news conference that the officers will be arraigned July 2. The charges against them are mostly similar to those announced May 1.
Officials say the skills are tested by other tasks, like turning a car around. As of yet, using backup cameras on a driving test isn’t allowed.
An NPR analysis of equipment given to police agencies by the Pentagon since 2006 — 84,258 assault rifles, 951 armored vehicles, for example — found a vast majority of it would fall outside the ban.