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Plans for the Statue of Liberty’s new museum are revealed

Howard Halle

Back in June, plans for a new museum next to the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island were announced, but the design has only now been released, and as it turns out, its roof will be covered in grass—something you're more likely to find in the city’s parks. As envisioned by architects FXFOWLE, the facility will be sited behind Lady Liberty, and will measure 26,000-square-feet, including a rooftop terrace offering spectacular views of New York Harbor. As for the grass, its extends dwon to a lawn between the building and a circular plaza. Drawings show an exhibit design centered around the original glass version of the Statue of Liberty's torch, which was replaced in 1986 with the current, gold-leafed model. Diane Von Furstenberg (who, along with husband Barry Diller, is also behind the island park at Pier 55) is spearheading the fundraising drive. The museum is expected to open in 2019. In the meantime, your eyes can graze on these cool renderings.

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