Statue of Liberty, Ellis Will Not Reopen in 2012

The National Park Service says the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will not reopen to visitors this year.

Both sites have been closed since Superstorm Sandy hit the region Oct. 29. Cleanup and repairs have been ongoing.

The Statue of Liberty itself received little or no damage. The pedestal and base, including the main floor and exhibits upstairs, are OK. But docks, a brick promenade, railings and other facilities on Liberty Island were damaged.

At Ellis Island, the storm damaged doors, windows and exhibits in the ferry building among other sites.

Park Service spokeswoman Daphne Yun said Wednesday no projected reopening date has been established.

Both the statue and Ellis Island, which served as an entry point for immigrants for a half-century, are among New York’s top tourist attractions. (AP)

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Lady Liberty Turns 125

The Statue of Liberty is 125 years old.

The statue was a gift from the French and a symbol of hope and promise for immigrants coming toAmerica.

President Grover Cleveland dedicated her in 1886. “We will care for her, we will celebrate her, and we the people of the United States will continue to perfect her in word and deed.”

At 305 feet, one inch in the air, the statue’s tower of copper and gold leaf is a testament to liberty, and opportunity. Nearly 12 million immigrants passed her to get to Ellis Island. And 125 more became U.S.citizens on Friday in her presence.

The statue is due for a $27 million makeover next year, including safety improvements and an elevator so anyone can reach the observation deck.