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Stretch your legs and limber up as reservations for the soon-to-reopen State of Liberty once again become available. The reopening won't happen until July 4, and it will be the first time the public is allowed back up in Lady Liberty's head and even in her environs since Hurricane Sandy flooded Liberty Island in late October.
Reserve the tickets and boat trip over to the island directly on StatueCruises.com. If you opt to make the trip from Battery Park at the tip of Manhattan, a roundtrip ride and access to the monument will cost $17 per person. Go all the way with a visit to the crown, and it's $20.
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Before Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy roared into the area last week, the Statue of Liberty was just recovering from her most recent nip-and-tuck. Her interior visitor areas were closed for about a year for the extensive renovation and upgrade, but now it looks like the Statue of Liberty is closed for business once again as a result of the recent weather.
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.
We love Tuesdays. Why, you ask? Because the day brings many travel tips and quips as "Travel Tuesday" on Twitter, and we're going to share our favorite with you. Got an avid travel twitterer we should follow? Let us know.
Last week our highlighted tweet came from Sean Lennon, and this year we're going down a totally different route by quoting the good old Statue of Liberty. Yes, she's got her own Twitter under the @StatueLibrtyNPS National Park Service account, that takes care of her island.
The Statue of Liberty sits on Liberty Island, not Ellis Island like many tourists believe, although that is nearby with immigration hall and all. And if you're not in New York City today to feel the slight new warmth in the air and see the melting snow, let the Statue of Liberty tell you about it:
the first of our crocus and daffodils are starting to bloom! The long winter is almost over on Liberty Island!
...And you know what that means? Boatloads of sweaty tourists crowding the decks of NY harbor cruises as the spring and summer tourism season begins in New York!
It seems like just yesterday that the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor re-opened her crown to the public. And ever since that day, which really was back in June, Lady Liberty has had a head full of tourist, with tickets for the 354 steps to the top selling out well in advance.
Seeing as how that went so well, the city is kicking it up a notch in celebration of National Public Lands Day on September 26. On the evenings of September 24 (for Ellis Island) and September 25 (for the Statue of Liberty), you'll be able to visit the landmarks after dark. Spooky? Not so much; you'll take the tour boats over to island as normal, and are free to wander around so long as don't expect to go up in Lady Liberty or get lost on Ellis.
Living in New York City is hard to do for many reasons; it's expensive, it's crowded, and it hurts to the core to leave near so much awesome water and not be able to take a boat out on it because you don't have a boat.
It's true; boating around Manhattan is a rich man's pastime, what with the cost of docking and maintenance. So instead those hankering to get out on the harbor turn to boat tours, but we're not talking about the Circle Line here. Instead, climb aboard one of two Schooners plying the NY waters: The Adirondack and the Imagine. they'll take you out for a true harbor sailing experience in very small groups for around $50 per person for the 2-hour tripand you can chose between daytime, sunset, or nighttime city lights.
Kick up a notch however by opting for the Morimoto Sushi and Sake Sail, which for $105 per person, includes the 2-hour sunset cruise plus a dinner of sushi and sake from iron chef Masaharu Morimoto. The sushi boat leaves on Monday nights through August from Chelsea Piers; pack your to-go chopsticks and buy tickets at their website.
Good news for those of you who would no doubt be browbeat into climbing the 354 cramped steps inside of an overheated Statue of Liberty during the height of summer: tickets have sold out through at least September 1.
When the tickets became available on June 13, we checked out the official site's calendar and noticed that most weekends were swiped already. At that moment we decided to wait for cooler temperatures before attempting the climb, seeing as how the Statue staff warns visitors that the interior of the statue gets up to 20 degrees warmer than outside; that means if it's a 90-degree day in August and you're climbing at 2pm, you might be stairclimbing in 110-degree claustrophobic conditions.
· Statue of Liberty crown tickets sold out through August 11 [NewYorkology]
· Statue of Liberty Crown Reservations Accepted Starting Saturday! [Gothamist]
· Cheap NYC Coverage [Jaunted]
Crack your knuckles and get your typing fingers at the ready for this Saturday, when reservations for the soon-to-reopen State of Liberty crown become available. This will be the first time the public will be allowed back up in Lady Liberty's head since 9/11, and the park service isn't taking this lightly. There are some major limitations and stipulations if you're game to go.
Only about 254 people will be able to climb her everyday, meaning groups of 10 about three times an hour. On top of that, the crown is opening on July 4, meaning that its first few months of visitors will just love the fact that the interior of the statue can be up to 20 degrees warmer than the outside.
The Statue of Liberty is one of those places real New Yorkers never go, but the reopening of its crown-level observation deck might be enough incentive to hop the ferry over to Liberty Island, tourist throngs be damned. As the AP points out, the crown has been closed to the public since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, but as of July 4, 2009, 30 visitors an hour will be allowed to ascend the 168-step spiral staircase to the gray iron observation deck, where spectacular views of New York Harbor extend for miles.