Every American who’s able to should visit the Statue of Liberty and climb up to the crown — once. More about that later.
The great lady that dominates New York Harbor has had a run of bad luck lately. After a year of being closed for repairs — she may be a great lady, but she’s also an old lady — the statue reopened last Oct. 28, the 126th anniversary of her dedication. Then Superstorm Sandy hit Oct. 29 and the statue closed again, not because of damage to the structure, but because Sandy flooded 75 percent of Liberty Island with a 13-foot storm surge.
The statue was undamaged, thanks to the intricate internal supporting ironwork designed by Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, architect of the Eiffel Tower, which, it should be noted, is also still standing.