On the 29th of October 2012, Hurricane Sandy caused severe damages throughout the East Coast of the United States, while leaving destruction all around. Even one of the most powerful cities in the world, New York, succumbed to the power of Sandy.
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Streets, tunnels and even the subway got flooded because of the destructive effects of Sandy, which was followed by a power cut that leaved in darkness the city that never sleeps. Meanwhile, Liberty Island, the island that hosts the Statue of Liberty, got flooded too, but fortunately the statue itself was not damaged due to its height. However, on the island the water reached nearly 3 meters high and destroyed all boilers and electrical systems, causing great damages to all infrastructure and ports where ferries used to arrive, while making it impossible for people to reach the island.
9 months after the Sandy nightmare, which caused damages for more than $ 71 billion, Liberty Island reopened its doors to visitors. The big reopening day will be the 4th of July, the American Independence Day.
The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the people of France to New York in the nineteenth century, more specifically on the 28th of October 1886, and was build by architect Frederic Bartholdi. The statue symbolizes freedom (obviously) and welcome to all New York visitors, as it is the first thing you’ll if you arrive by boat.
Tickets for the grand reopening are already on sale and can be purchased online. If you want to get the best places, like for example, a place on the crown, you should purchase your tickets as soon as possible. The tickets to go up to the crown costs $ 20 for adults and $ 12 for children, if you just want access to the monument itself, tickets are $ 3 cheaper. There is a discounted rate for people over 62.
There is no doubt that New York will throw a great party, as only New Yorkers can do. Summertime and Independence Day are actually the best times to visit the city, as the atmosphere on the streets is just great. The reopening of the Statue at Liberty Island is simply an event not to be missed.
If you want to get the best out of this special day, find apartment accommodation in New York and enjoy the incredible atmosphere of the big apple. Renting holiday apartments is a great way to enjoy the city, while enjoying all the comfort and privacy you are looking for the New York way.