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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Statue of Liberty finally reopened on the Fourth of July months after Superstorm Sandy swamped its little island in New York Harbor.
A large crowd gathered for the holiday and ribbon-cutting ceremony at Liberty Island with federal officials and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
“It was no small feat to really restore this,” National Parks Service Director Jonathan Jarvis said. “It is one of the most enduring icons of America, and we pulled it off — it’s open today.”
The tiny island was decorated with star-spangled bunting Thursday, but some parts remain blocked off, and the main ferry dock was boarded up. Nevertheless, visitors were impressed.
“It’s stunning, it’s beautiful,” said Elizabeth Bertero from California. “They did a great job rebuilding. You don’t really notice that anything happened.”
“This is an amazing experience to be here on the…
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