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'Rare' Whale Spotted Near Statue of Liberty

Coast Guard issues warning to boaters

(Newser) - Planning to sail around the Statue of Liberty? Watch out for whales. The Coast Guard issued a warning to boaters saying as much after a whale was spotted near Liberty Island on Thursday, the AP reports. "We have no confirmation on what type of whale it is and we... More »

Lady Liberty Reopens for 4th

Iconic statue has been closed since Hurricane Sandy

(Newser) - The Statue of Liberty finally reopened today, months after Superstorm Sandy swamped its little island in New York Harbor, as Americans across the country marked the Fourth of July with fireworks and barbecues. A large crowd gathered for the holiday and ribbon-cutting ceremony at Liberty Island with federal officials and... More »

Statue of Liberty Closing for a Year

Liberty Island staying open during renovation

(Newser) - If you want to get inside America's most famous statue, you'll have to do it before Oct. 28—or wait at least a year. The Statue of Liberty will close for a year after the 125th anniversary of its dedication, for a major renovation to improve safety and... More »

Guy on 'Mission From God' Attempts Liberty Island Swim

Needless to say, he didn't quite make it to the statue

(Newser) - Why would a 29-year-old man dive into the frigid New York Harbor and attempt a three-quarter mile swim to the Statue of Liberty? Clearly, he was on a mission from God—or so he told rescuers. "He said God told him to swim to Liberty Island," an officer... More »

Park Service Inches Toward Reopening Liberty's Crown

Statue's top closed since 9/11, agency calls for proposals to increase safety

(Newser) - The National Park Service has posted an open call for proposals from engineering and architectural firms for opening the crown of the Statue of Liberty to visitors again, the New York Daily News reports. The agency has long contended that the narrow staircase leading to the monument’s observation deck,... More »

Push to Reopen Liberty's Crown

House votes $1M to study reopening to visitors.

(Newser) - The House wants Lady Liberty's crown reopened to visitors intrepid enough to make the climb, and for the second year in a row has set aside $1 million for the National Park Service to figure out how to do it. Since 9-11 only the pedestal at her feet has been... More »

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