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The Statue of Liberty reopens for the first time since Sandy

After eight months of extensive repairs due to damage caused by Hurricane Sandy last October, Lady Liberty reopened to the public on July 4.

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Statue of Liberty reopens on July 4

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Statue of Liberty reopens on July 4

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Statue of Liberty reopens on July 4

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Statue of Liberty reopens on July 4

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Statue of Liberty reopens on July 4

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Statue of Liberty reopens on July 4

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Statue of Liberty reopens on July 4

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Statue of Liberty reopens on July 4

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Statue of Liberty reopens on July 4

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Statue of Liberty reopens on July 4

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Statue of Liberty reopens on July 4

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Statue of Liberty reopens on July 4

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Statue of Liberty reopens on July 4

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Statue of Liberty reopens on July 4

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Statue of Liberty reopens on July 4

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Statue of Liberty reopens on July 4

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Statue of Liberty reopens on July 4

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Statue of Liberty reopens on July 4

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Statue of Liberty reopens on July 4

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Statue of Liberty reopens on July 4

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Statue of Liberty reopens on July 4

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Statue of Liberty reopens on July 4

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Statue of Liberty reopens on July 4

Photograph: Jena Cumbo

Statue of Liberty reopens on July 4

After a year of much-needed renovations, the Statue of Liberty’s grand reopening, scheduled for October 28, 2012, was cut short by Hurricane Sandy, forcing the public to wait another eight months for their chance to climb to the top of the crown. At long last, the statue reopened to the public on July 4, allowing some lucky NYC families to celebrate Independence Day in style with Lady Liberty. Tickets for crown access are hard to come by this summer; only a few dates are available in August (from September on, though, your options are, at the writing of this post, wide open). But even if you can't snag the most coveted of tickets, your family can still gain access to the pedestal on certain days, and there’s open access to the island’s grounds through the Statue Cruises ferry. Book your tickets at statuecruises.com. Plans for the Ellis Island reopening have yet to be announced, but we've heard that might not be till 2014.


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