The New York Times reported today that safety improvements inside the Statue of Liberty will require the statue’s interior to be closed for a year. In following stories, the Associated Press and other media made it appear that the Statue of Liberty was closing… not so. Only access inside the statue and its pedestal will be closed. For 86% of visitors, there will be no change to what they experience, as only 14% enter the statue. In fact, park staff who worked inside the statue previously will be outside to greet visitors, providing a higher staff to visitor ratio on the grounds beneath her feet.
There’s no easy solution when a place as beloved and visited as the Statue of Liberty needs maintenance, though the National Park Service’s solution assures that access to this beloved monument will continue throughout the improvements. Just as Lady Liberty will never fail to hold high her beacon of liberty, rest assured, she will not close.