Statue of Liberty open for business again

The Statue of Liberty has reopened to the public after New York state agreed to shoulder the costs of running the site during the US federal government shutdown.

Statue of Liberty open for business again

The Statue of Liberty has reopened to the public after New York state agreed to shoulder the costs of running the site during the US federal government shutdown.

Ferry trips from Manhattan to the Statue of Liberty resumed on Sunday morning, with eager visitors lining up to tour the monument.

New York state agreed last week to take over the daily costs of keeping it open - about $61,600 (€45,490) per day.

New York has 33 sites under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service, and they have been shut since October 1.

The sites include the statue and nearby Ellis Island, which remains closed for repairs since Superstorm Sandy struck last year.

Nearly four million people visited Lady Liberty in 2011, generating $174m ($128.5m) in economic activity, the park service said.

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