Statue of Liberty Still Closed After Sandy
The Statue of Liberty reopened on Oct. 28 after a year-long closure for
renovations. The very next day, Superstorm Sandy blew through New York City,
closing the National Monument — and no one is sure when it will reopen.
Estimates of the repair costs for Liberty Island, where the statue stands,
and neighboring Ellis Island are as high as $59 million.
The storm did little or no damage to the statue itself and its pedestal, but
significantly damaged the infrastructure of the island. Electricity was lost,
the basement of a building housing the gift shop and cafeteria was flooded, and
the dock used by ferries that take visitors to and from the monument was
Statue Cruises, which provides the ferry service, has laid off 130 full-time and
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