Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Lady Liberty Will Reopen to the Public on the Fourth

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Lady Liberty Will Reopen to the Public on the Fourth

Article excerpt

She is ready once again to welcome visitors to her shores -- and her pedestal and her crown. The Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island are reopening Thursday, the Fourth of July, after being closed since Superstorm Sandy struck.

The storm surge put 75 percent of Liberty Island underwater. While the Statue of Liberty was not damaged, the island's utilities and power systems were destroyed, railings were broken, and docks and the brick pathways were severely damaged. With repairs complete, the island celebrates Independence Day by reopening the landmark in New York Harbor and letting visitors climb the 377 steps to the crown.

"People will have, more or less, the same access to Liberty Island that they had before," said John Warren, a spokesman for the Statue of Liberty National Monument.

A reopening ceremony Thursday will include remarks by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others. It will close with a ribbon-cutting and performance by singer and actor Dominic Chianese, best known as Corrado "Junior" Soprano on the HBO series "The Sopranos."

Right now, the only access to the island is from Battery Park City in lower Manhattan. There is no access from Liberty State Park in Jersey City. That's just one of the many things to know before you go.

Tickets

The ferry is $9 for kids ages 4 to 12; $14 for anyone 62 and over and $17 for everyone else. Tickets to go to the crown are $3 extra for everyone. The pedestal is free.

Access to the crown is by advanced reservation only. Access to the pedestal is limited, and advanced reservation is recommended. Access to the museum requires tickets to either the pedestal or crown.

Reservations for the ferry and crown or pedestal can be made at statue cruises.com or by calling 877-LADY-TIX.

* A date and time is required for reservations. The first ferry leaves Battery Park at 8:30 a.m., and the last ferry back leaves Liberty Island at 6:15 p.m.

* There is a maximum of four crown reservations allowed per order. …

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