Sabtu, 21 Mei 2011

Statue of Liberty

Head of Liberty Statue
Statue of Liberty (Liberty enlightening the world) is a giant statue, located on Liberty Island, the Hudson River estuary in New York Harbor, the United States. This statue is the pride and symbol of the City of New York, it was not made in New York. The statue, designed by French sculptor, Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi was first built and developed in France in 1874. Statue of Goddess of Independence was presented by the French people to the American people, as a birthday gift to the American independence-100 and is a symbol of welcome to visitors, immigrants and returning Americans.
The Statue of Liberty, a woman holding on high a book and a 46 m long torch set on Liberty Island, situated at the entrance to New York harbor about 1 km from the landing point of the immigrants, was dedicated on 28 October 1886 and was designated a National Monument on 15 October 1924. On 8 September 1937, jurisdiction was enlarged to encompass all of Bedloe's Island and in 1956, the island's name was changed to Liberty Island. On 11 May 1965, Ellis Island was also transferred to the National Park Service and became part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument.
Statue Of Liberty
The statue was administered by the United States Lighthouse Board until 1901 and then by the Department of War; since 1933 it has been maintained by the National Park Service. The statue was closed for renovation for much of 1938. In the early 1980s, it was found to have deteriorated to such an extent that a major restoration was required. While the statue was closed from 1984 to 1986, the torch and a large part of the internal structure were replaced. After the September 11 attacks in 2001, it was closed for reasons of safety and security; the pedestal reopened in 2004 and the statue in 2009, with limits on the number of visitors allowed to ascend to the crown. The statue is scheduled to close for up to a year beginning in late 2011 so that a secondary staircase can be installed. Public access to the balcony surrounding the torch has been barred for safety reasons since 1916.
Now, the Statue of Liberty probably can no longer be visited by tourists, just like Grand Canyon and various other U.S. national parks if the budget problems unsolved. The closure will affect the attraction, operated by the National Park Service including popular attractions in the West such as Yellowstone and Alcatraz. Attractions were visited by an average of 800,000 visitors per day this year.
In one case the closure of a tourist attraction, the National Park Service will retain only about 2,000 of 17,000 employees to protect the tourist attractions. Economic losses from the closure of the site will total 32 million per day.
Regarding the White House and Congress to stop the budget, the backup plan has been made to cover government agencies that are not important. This could affect the fate of 800,000 government employees and sites like the museums under the Smithsonian Institution, including the National Zoo.

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