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Make-Over Planned to Reopen NY's Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty, one of America’s most famous tourist attractions, could reopen next year for the first time since the Sept. 11 attacks after a $5 million make-over to improve safety, officials said on Tuesday. The work began in September when the National Park Service, which administers the site, began studying ways to ensure visitors could safely leave the statue in an emergency. The statue, a gift from France in 1886, houses a museum that explains how the monument was conceived and constructed, and has an observation deck in the pedestal area, 192 steps up, that offers spectacular views of the harbor. Visits to the statue’s crown, a 22-story climb over 354 steps, and to the torch held high by Lady Liberty are not expected to resume. Full Story

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