Statue of Liberty

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Alec Baldwin Got Scammed in Statue of Liberty Tour

Actor livid after he says he and his family were tricked about tour that really went to New Jersey

(Newser) - Give us your tired, your poor, your disgruntled celebrity tourist. Although he's a native Long Islander, Alec Baldwin revealed Monday he'd been taken by what he calls a Big Apple "scam," NBC New York reports. Baldwin posted to Instagram a picture of a ticket he and... More »

Cuccinelli: Poem on Statue of Liberty Refers to Europeans

CNN's Erin Burnett pressed Ken Cuccinelli Tuesday night

(Newser) - Ken Cuccinelli offered up some literary analysis on Tuesday. The acting director of Citizenship and Immigration Services first grabbed headlines Tuesday morning when he offered an update to Emma Lazarus' famous poem on the Statue of Liberty during an NPR interview about a major change to immigration law announced a... More »

Statue of Liberty Poem Gets a New Twist

'Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet," says immigration official Ken Cuccinelli

(Newser) - A major change to US immigration law unveiled on Monday has drawn attention to the famous poem on the Statue of Liberty that welcomes the "huddled masses" to US shores. The new law will favor would-be citizens who can step right into a job over those who might need... More »

Statue of Liberty Goof Costs the USPS $3.5M

It used an image of a Las Vegas version in its 2011 stamp

(Newser) - The United States Postal Service's money woes just got $3.5 million worse, and the Statue of Liberty is to blame. A judge ruled last week that the agency did commit copyright infringement when it used an image of Robert S. Davidson's Statue of Liberty on a stamp... More »

Protester Scales Statue of Liberty, Forces Evacuation

She was protesting US immigration policy

(Newser) - A woman protesting US immigration policy climbed the Statue of Liberty's base and forced the monument's evacuation on the Fourth of July hours after several other demonstrators had hung a banner on the statue's pedestal and had been arrested, the AP reports. About 100 feet above ground,... More »

Miller Gets 'Hero' Status in West Wing After CNN Clash

And Bret Easton Ellis wants to write a novel about the White House adviser

(Newser) - He's been in the spotlight previously, but White House aide Stephen Miller got perhaps his biggest exposure so far on Wednesday when he briefed reporters on President Trump's new immigration plan and sparred with CNN's Jim Acosta. It even caught the attention of Less Than Zero novelist... More »

Trump Aide: 'Huddled Masses' Not Actually Part of Statue of Liberty

It was added later, Stephen Miller says

(Newser) - Words about tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free were not part of the original Statue of Liberty, White House aide Stephen Miller argued in a back-and-forth over immigration policy Wednesday. When CNN reporter Jim Acosta read a line from the famous Emma Lazarus poem on the statue's... More »

A Turf War Rages at Statue of Liberty

Selling tickets to the landmark is a cutthroat, lucrative business

(Newser) - Unsuspecting visitors to the Statue of Liberty may not realize that the ode to freedom is herself at the heart of one of New York City's most vicious turf wars. Bruising competition among ultra-aggressive hawkers selling tickets to boats that may—or may not—dock at the statue is... More »

Statue of Liberty Suddenly Goes Dark

Officials doubt it was protest-related

(Newser) - In what appears to have been a weird "Day Without Women" coincidence, Lady Liberty mysteriously went dark Tuesday night. The Statue of Liberty was dark apart from her crown and torch for more than an hour, starting at 11pm, the New York Daily News reports. Amid speculation on social... More »

Activists Give Statue of Liberty Temporary Makeover

'Refugees welcome' banner was up for about an hour

(Newser) - The Statue of Liberty's inscription about "huddled masses yearning to breathe free" and the "homeless, tempest-tossed" was briefly joined by a 20-foot banner with the same sentiment Tuesday. Activists unfurled a "Refugees Welcome" banner from the pedestal's observation deck hours after the Department of Homeland... More »

The Statue of Liberty Was Supposed to Be Arab Peasant Woman

It was originally designed for the opening of the Suez Canal

(Newser) - A little-known fact—or as PRI puts it, a "little-known irony"—about the Statue of Liberty seems particularly timely: Lady Liberty was originally designed as an Arab peasant woman. The statue's designer, Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, became enamored of Egyptian monuments and designed what we now know... More »

'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 »

Artist Sues USPS Over Lady Liberty Stamp Error

Image on stamp is from his sculpture in Vegas, not the original

(Newser) - The Postal Service just cannot catch a break these days. A sculptor has sued the USPS because it mistakenly used his version of the Statue of Liberty on a stamp instead of the original in New York Harbor, reports AP . The mistake itself is old news : The Postal Service created... More »

Statue of Liberty, Grand Canyon to Reopen

Mount Rushmore, too, as states work around shutdown

(Newser) - Even as Congress and the White House are still dickering over the shutdown, some of the nation's most high-profile tourist locales will reopen for business. The Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon, and Mount Rushmore will welcome tourists again because their respective states have agreed to pay for the... 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 to Reopen by July 4

It's been closed since Hurricane Sandy blew in

(Newser) - The Statue of Liberty is scheduled to reopen by July 4, about eight months after it was closed because of Superstorm Sandy. The statue in New York City's harbor was spared damage from the October storm, but Liberty Island, where the statue sits, was badly damaged. Sandy came one... 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 »

Stamp Honors Lady Liberty ...Using Vegas Replica

Photo of casino replica used to mark statue's 125th anniversary

(Newser) - A sharp-eyed collector spotted a small problem with the US Post Office's new stamp celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty: Officials used a picture of the wrong statue. The Lady Liberty that graces the stamp is actually that of the replica that stands outside the New... More »

Liberty's Crown Reopens

(Newser) - The Statue of Liberty's crown reopened to the public today for the first time since the 9/11 attacks, reports the Daily News. The first people allowed up were seven US servicemen who took the oath to become citizens. Those interested in ascending the narrow staircase to the top better be... More »

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