The Statue of Liberty re-opens this morning at 9 a.m. despite the incomprehensible US government shutdown that closed this international symbol of democracy and freedom. New York State will pay the bills until Congress gets its act together. he daily cost – around $61,000 a day – is more than offset by the revenue generated by the #1 visitor attraction in New York City, and just one of 33 historic landmarks in NYC operated by the National Park Service. They’ve all been shut since October 1st.
If you have tickets for visits during the shutdown, they will be honored, but it will be crowded.
According to the New York Times, the company that operates the gift shop and food service at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island laid off 110 employees because of the shutdown, and that 152,000 potential visitors have been unable to visit, costing the company $750,000 in lost sales. The company that operates the boats between Lower Manhattan and Liberty Island also laid off dozens of employees because of the shutdown.
The Statue of Liberty just re-opened on the Fourth of July following repairs from damage by Hurricane Sandy. Ellis Island remains closed because of the damage.
Grand Canyon National Park also is reopening, also because of a deal between the Colorado governor and the federal government which allows state of Colorado to pay the bills until Congress gets its act together.