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Statue of Liberty to reopen after Sandy repairs by July 4, 2013

After suffering extensive damage from Hurricane Sandy last fall, the Statue of Liberty is poised to reopen on or before Independence Day 2013.

We just found out that the Statue of Liberty, after suffering enormous damage when Hurricane Sandy hit on October 29, is going to reopen for the first time since the storm on or before July 4, 2013. Though the storm wreaked havoc, "destroying the docks, crippling the energy infrastructure on Ellis Island and wiping out the security system," according to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, the National Park Service, the U.S. Department of Transportation and "many local and state partners" have come together to ensure that the fastest and safest possible progress is made to reopen the statue in time for Independence Day. We can't wait to revisit Lady Liberty ourselves; it was due to reopen on October 28, 2012, just one day before superstorm hit, after being closed for a yearlong renovation.

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