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Statue Of Liberty
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Bowling Green or the South Ferry station.
You can use your NYPASS at the Statue of Liberty
Tickets are available…

If there’s a soul on the planet that doesn’t recognise this landmark, they must be the only ones. The famous green form of ‘Lady Liberty’ is surely the most loved symbol of patriotism among Americans countrywide, and one that immediately conjures thoughts of the US for anyone outside of its widely outstretched arms. Its popularity now was always so assured however, and it was the American people who famously had to come up with the cash to give her a home. On hearing that the enormous gift from the french had no place to go in the US, newspaper magnate Joseph Pulitzer (recognise the name?) took matters into his own hands, and published a very public plea for donations to erect the statue, promising to print all donations – no matter how small. 5 months later, the people of America (mainly New York) had managed to do what the state couldn’t, raising the $120,000 required from a staggering 102,000 donors. Much of the American people’s affection for the statue was surely borne from this, and the adorable dedications in the NY Post from children offering their pocket money just to get the statue placed in their home city. It’s place as a cultural icon around the world however, was not cemented until Emma Lazarus, who originally turned down the chance to write a poem for the statue, agreed to pen her sonnet ‘The New Colossus’ and have it dedicated to Lady Liberty. The now world famous and immortal line, “Give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” is an iconic statement of New York’s past, as well as its current status as the planet’s most successful melting pot of nations and cultures.

The most iconic way to see the Statue of Liberty is by riding the famous Staten Island Ferry. The ferry is free, so you can just hop on and ride over to Staten Island and back as you please. The views are breathtaking, and one of the best things you can do in NY for free. Make sure you are on the correct side for viewing – starboard (right) towards Staten Island and port (left) on the return leg. Have your camera ready, with a wrist strap. There are toilets and places to eat and drink both on the ferry and at the ports, so not too much planning to consider.

While you’re there…

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