Liberty Island Closed Indefinitely

By: CBS
By: CBS

The huddled masses yearning to visit the Statue of Liberty will have to wait a while longer.

The New York Harbor landmark will remain closed indefinitely as workers repair the damage wreaked on Liberty Island by Hurricane Sandy, federal parks officials said Friday (11/30).

Word of the continued closing was a huge blow to businesses connected to Lady Liberty.

National Park Service Supervisor David Luchsinger, who lives on the island, led reporters on a tour of the heavily damaged 12-acre property.

The island's docks were reduced to splinters, and thousands of red bricks from the paths outside the statue were torn up and scattered around the grounds.

Several buildings on the back of the island were destroyed, including storage garages, staff offices, the park police barracks and the superintendent's house.

After a 30 million dollar refurbishing, the statue had just reopened on October 28, the day before the storm hit. Access to Lady Liberty was denied for a year while the work was completed.

Statue Cruises, which provided thousands of visitors with a lift to Liberty Island from lower Manhattan, said the month-long closing of the attraction has forced the layoff of 130 employees.


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