After long road to recovery post-Sandy, Statue of Liberty to re-open July 4

Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty will be open to the public again on July 4, 2013. Credit: Metro Archive Photo

With security concerns and storm damage finally sorted out, Lady Liberty will finally be open to the public again starting July 4.

The Statue of Liberty was cut off from the public for over a year due to renovations, until a schedule reopening date of October 28 last year. That promise changed slightly as the National Park Service announced that only the crown would be open again.

But that access lasted only briefly, as the monument was directly in the path of the superstorm Sandy “surge” last year. Officials said about 75 percent of the island was submerged under water.

While the statue itself was undamaged, rushing waters destroyed utilities, a backup generator and power systems, and nearby docks sustained significant damage. Bricks were strewn around island pathways by violent floodwaters.

And then came the security battle between the NYPD and the National Park Service: the NYPD was appalled at the National Park Service’s plan to only screen ferry passengers at the interim station on Ellis Island, and have no security screening at the initial point of departure in Battery Park.

After an open letter from Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to the Department of the Interior citing concerns of possible threats of terrorism, Senator Charles Schumer got involved in the negotiations.

“I know the NPS cares deeply about the monument and its visitors,” Schumer said in late May, “but in this case I think they’ve made a mistake and should rethink this policy change.”

Schumer’s cajoling was apparently successful, as Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced last month that the National Park Service decided to temporarily conduct screenings in Battery Park when the statue re-opens.

“It’s the right decision,” Bloomberg said, “and an example of government agencies working together to achieve practical solutions.”

Commissioner Kelly today said he is satisfied with the planned security measures.

“I think they responded well and we appreciate it,” he said.

Kelly said the NYPD has no specific security concerns regarding the reopening of the statue.

 

Follow Danielle Tcholakian on Twitter @danielleiat



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

US military tried, but failed to rescue journalist…

The U.S. military earlier this year tried to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages held in Syria ,but failed to find the captives.

National

Fate of captured beluga whales in hands of…

A Georgia aquarium went to court on Wednesday seeking federal permission to bring 18 captured beluga whales to the United States from Russia.

Local

After Eric Garner death, religious leaders meet to…

Interfaith leaders convened with city officials to discuss what the community can do to help dial down heightened tensions after Eric Garner's death.

Local

'Suspicious' Hamilton Heights fire caused by power strip:…

An extension cord overload caused the deadly fire in Hamilton Heights late Monday that killed a 15-year-old girl and injured at least 12 others.

Television

'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: Season…

And then there were six. It was a big night on stage as the Top 6 got to dance with each other, All-star partners and perform a solo routine.

Going Out

5 things to do in NYC this weekend…

FILM Lebowski Fest Aug. 22-23, 8 p.m. Various locations, Manhattan $20-$30, www.lebowskifest.com The Dude abides — for 48 hours to celebrate the 1998 Coen brothers classic.…

Television

'Doctor Who' personality profile: the 4 Doctors

When the time comes for a new Doctor, there's always some anxiety over the big question: Who will he be? The series owes its longevity…

Television

Billy Crystal to commemorate late actor Robin Williams…

  Comedian Billy Crystal will pay tribute to late actor Robin Williams at television's Primetime Emmy Awards on Aug. 25, the show's organizers said on…

NFL

Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.

NFL

Jalen Saunders still unsure what caused car accident…

Jets rookie wide receiver Jalen Saunders spoke to the media Wednesday for the first time since his car accident, but he didn't say a whole lot.

NFL

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL…

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL defense (DEF)

NFL

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL…

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL quarterbacks (QB)

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…

Wellbeing

Metabolic syndrome could have a sugar link

Scientists in St. Louis may have found another culprit in metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease and type 2 diabetes.  Uric acid is…

Wellbeing

Another way stress hurts your unborn baby

Mothers know to try staying calm during pregnancy, as stress has been linked to behavioral and developmental problems for their babies. But now, a new…