The Statue of Liberty has reopened, despite the shutdown

Over the weekend, Governor Cuomo brokered an agreement with the Department of the Interior to reopen the iconic national park.

Statue of Liberty reopens on July 4

Statue of Liberty reopens on July 4 Photograph: Jena Cumbo

The seemingly interminable government shutdown continues, but at least one thing in New York shut down by the deadlock has resumed service: On Sunday, Governor Cuomo announced that the Statue of Liberty would reopen, with the state government covering the cost to keep it open. The deal was reached with the Department of the Interior last week, and under the agreement, New York State will pay about $61,000 per day to fund the site.

As a national park, Lady Liberty was among the many monuments and historic sites across the U.S. that closed as a result of the shutdown. But shuttering the attraction means losing a good amount of cash: According to the governor's office, the statue brought in $174 million to the state in 2011. Other states have worked out similar deals: The Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore have also brokered reopening agreements with the federal government. (Which is all well and good, but let's all keep our fingers crossed that a long-term solution is found soon, yeah?)

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