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The Statue of Liberty is About to Take a Year Off from Entertaining Tourists

August 12, 2010 at 8:36 AM | by | ()

The Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor sure has had some ups and downs lately. After being closed following the tragedy of September 11, the Statue's crown observation area reopened to great fanfare and sold-out tickets last July. Almost immediately, tourists from around the world were logging on to the Statue's website to snatch up the limited availability trips to the top, and spots were booked up through the fall.

Now that Lady Liberty has enjoyed her first full summer back and the tourists have roasted in her 100-degree-plus insides, she's about to take yet another long break. The Statue of Liberty will close next fall for a year, for $26 million in security upgrades, and that means no access to the crown, base or pedestal. Nothing. You can go stand on Liberty Island and look up at her, but you won't be touching her, no way.

Know what that means? There'll be yet another rush on tickets to visit the Lady before she shuts down. Tourists planning your first trip to NYC take note. Gothamist wisely remarks that the statue will close around her 125th Anniversary. Happy birthday to you, dear Statue of Liberty.

[Photo: laverrue]

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