The Statue of Liberty is closing Friday for a year’s worth of repairs, which is the inspiration for this Wednesday photo. Friday is also the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the French gift by Pres. Grover Cleveland.
I have seen Lady Liberty a few times throughout my life, including nearly every day in summer 2008. The first was in 1999 on a Girl Scout trip to New York City. When I think of the statue, this is what comes to my mind.
I don’t think I’ve worn that crown since that day (I posed in pictures at ground level with the crown, too), but it was pretty funny. Now that the crown has reopened, I would be tempted to do it again. I bet you can’t lean out the windows anymore like that guy in the white shirt behind us, though.
To read more about the upcoming closure and construction, read this story by Time: Sorry, Tourists: Statue of Liberty Will Close for a Year.
Liberty Island will be open throughout the construction. But always remember that the Staten Island Ferry is free and offers spectacular statue views from the water. There’s a pretty nice viewing area at the Ikea in Red Hook, Brooklyn, too.