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Statue of Liberty closing, but there’s still plenty to see

statueofliberty081111_optBY PAM LOBLEY
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
NOW THAT’S FUNNY

If you’re thinking of visiting the Statute of Liberty, do it soon. This fall, on October 28, she will celebrate her 125th birthday, and then she will be closed for a year to enjoy some rest and renovation.

The $27.25 million job will make the interior of the statue safer and more accessible, with "code-complaint" stairways and upgraded electrical and fire suppression systems, elevators and bathrooms. The statue’s base, Liberty Island will remain open and the statue itself will be mostly unobstructed from view.

You can still visit Ellis Island, which is on the ferry route when you tour Liberty Island, and view the statue from the water. But if you need some other ideas for tourist attractions, be assured, there are plenty – some of them all new and exciting:

Naked Wall Street Traders: You’ve heard of the Naked Singing Cowboy? He’s a fellow who stands in Times Square wearing a cowboy hat and not much else, playing the guitar and singing for tips. He is a very successful tourist attraction, and now stock traders, who have lost the shirt on their backs and then some, will be trading naked in front of the stock exchange with just their, um, big iPad screens. Stop by and check out their dividends.

The Bronze Bull: You’ve seen the pictures of the bronze bull statue at Bowling Green Park near Wall Street. He is charging, nostrils flaring, muscles rippling. Well, he used to be. Now he is sitting on his haunches, front legs in the air, begging. Make sure to get a picture!

Trump Parc, Trump Plaza, Trump Tower, etc. Visit one of the many luxury buildings owned by Donald Trump. While there, sign up to work on his Presidential Campaign. He says he’s not running, but if you just encourage him a little bit, he will!

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not: located in Times Square, this is the famed museum of all whose existence is nearly impossible to believe. Latest exhibits include: Standard & Poor’s regulators, Casey Anthony jurors, Chris Christie’s personal trainer and Joe Biden’s speech writers.



 

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