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Take That Terrorists! Plans to Reopen Statue of Liberty's Crown

Take That Terrorists! Plans to Reopen Statue of Liberty's Crown

Ever since Sept. 11, visitors in search of a patriotic climb and majestic view have not been able to make the 354-stair trek to the top of the Statue of Liberty. But the Obama administration wants to change that. This week, newly minted Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced a study, to be completed by April, that will assess whether to reopen the crown to the public. Salazar says opening the crown is very important to him.

While Liberty Island and the base of the statue have reopened since the New York City terrorist attacks, concerns beyond an attack have kept the crown closed. The crown's stairway was not built for the public, and if a climber suffered an injury, it would be hard to get him or her down safely. But those eager to reopen the high-up hat think limiting the number of climbers to as few as 10 could solve the problem.

Do you think opening the crown is worth the security risks?


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CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
I have been in the crown, totally not worth it.
geebers geebers 7 years
I went to the crown many many years ago and it was so tiny and you had like 1 minute before you had to leave- not to mention the hours it took on line and climbing the scary stairs. Do I think this is a good idea-yes. Would I go again? No. I think Ellis Island is far more educational and fascinating.
geebers geebers 7 years
I went to the crown many many years ago and it was so tiny and you had like 1 minute before you had to leave- not to mention the hours it took on line and climbing the scary stairs. Do I think this is a good idea-yes. Would I go again? No.I think Ellis Island is far more educational and fascinating.
amybdk amybdk 7 years
I think it's a wonderful idea.
7showgirl7 7showgirl7 7 years
I think before reopening the crown you would have to consider if it is in the best interest to the economy of New York or will it cost more than they would make and would there be any security risk.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
Never!!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
Never!!
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
There can never be enough cuteness :p
sexylibrarian sexylibrarian 7 years
It's about time! I have done it and it is a spectacular view once you are up there. Now that is if you can still see after the massive hike up the stairs.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
I've been in the crown and it's awesome. Climbing the stairs is definitely something you remember your whole life lol.
hope2be hope2be 7 years
I'd love to visit but I can't climb..those stairs, I got acute fear of height. :sigh: which strangely started only a few years back when I visited a pyramid in Mexico. I couldn't climb down them stairs and it took me like 3 hours after 4 of my friends basically carefully dragged me down LOL.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 7 years
I was just there this past summer and after seeing the stairs you have to climb just to get up there..uh no thanks! Not only would you have to climb this swirly staircase but if there were to be an emergency its not safe at all! Being there and going inside was good enough for me..its beautiful!
momma-tikita momma-tikita 7 years
I was just there this past summer and after seeing the stairs you have to climb just to get up there..uh no thanks!Not only would you have to climb this swirly staircase but if there were to be an emergency its not safe at all!Being there and going inside was good enough for me..its beautiful!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
Yeah, we are in cute overload!
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Jude and Blue,I think that we may be exceeding some sort of fire code for the number of kitteh avitars on one thread! ;)
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Jude and Blue, I think that we may be exceeding some sort of fire code for the number of kitteh avitars on one thread! ;)
Michelann Michelann 7 years
The first time I went to NYC I had the opportunity to go up to the top (it was a couple years before 2001), but I decided to go to the Ellis Island museum instead. I think it was a good decision, everybody who went says it wasn't worth it, and the museum was really interesting. But I don't think I would have liked the heights anyway. I went up to the top of the Eiffel tower this summer and it made my stomach do flip flops.
JaeB JaeB 7 years
I also want to go up there!
JaeB JaeB 7 years
I also want to go up there!
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
That's an idea, GS :ponder:
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
That's an idea, GS :ponder:
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
Yay! I've been dying to go up there these last few years
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
Well, just sic your A of D on those terrorists and show them what's what!
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
In my case, I think it's the growing knowledge that if a disaster is possible, I'll probably find a way to make it happen :p
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
I didn't when I was younger. The older I get, the worse my fear of heights is getting. I think it is less the height than the knowledge that man made things fail.
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