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Statue of Liberty

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Main Attraction

The Statue of Liberty is one of the most substantial worldly symbol and the greatest icon representing the USA. Situated on the Liberty Island, it was built in 1886 in France; the statue was sent to the USA as a gift from the French people. The statue is still the largest in the world of its kind and stands at a towering height of 150 feet. Tourists and local visitors travel on ferries to reach the statue from where they can climb up to the crown which offers magnificent scenic views of the New York Harbor and the Liberty Island.

Today, the statue is America’s most famous landmark and a symbol of freedom and independence. It is also known as Miss Liberty and Lady Liberty. With a proud total height of 93 meters it is one of the highest statues in the world.

By the end of the American Civil War around 1865, the French historian Edouard de Laboulaye had the idea of building a statue as a gift for the United States. The reason was his joy over the abolition of slavery and the successful establishment of a functioning democracy by the United States. Laboulaye was a strong admirer of the USA and had long wished to create a French-American monument. His friend and sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi was commissioned to design the statue in time for the centenary of the Declaration of Independence in 1876. The project should be a joint initiative of both countries and stand for the friendship between their nations. Thus, the French were in charge of the actual statue and its construction, whilst the Americans were building its pedestal.

Since the necessary funds for the statue still had to be provided, the actual work only started in 1875. Bartholdi’s huge artwork portrayed a woman holding a torch in her right hand above her head. In her left hand she held a tablet that was engraved with “July 4, 1776” – the date of America’s declaration of independence. He named it “Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World”. Bartholdi hammered huge copper plates to build the skin of the statue. It is believed that he shaped the face of the statue after his mother. He turned to Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, the designer of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, to create the framework on which the skin was to be mounted. Eiffel then collaborated with Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc to build a steel and iron pylon frame.

While the statue itself was being worked on in France, there were numerous fundraising campaigns in the USA for the construction of the pedestal. In the beginning it was quite difficult to convince the people in the USA and especially the New Yorkers to build the statue. Eventually the renowned publisher Joseph Pulitzer used his tabloid New York World to collect the last necessary donations. The pedestal of the statue was then designed by American architect Richard Morris Hunt and constructed in the courtyard of Fort Wood on the former Bedloe’s Island in the south of Manhattan.

About New York

New York City (NYC), often called simply New York, is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2019 population of 8,336,817 distributed over about 302.6 square miles (784 km2), New York City is also the most densely populated major city in the United States.[11] Located at the southern tip of the U.S. state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass.[12] With almost 20 million people in its metropolitan statistical area and approximately 23 million in its combined statistical area, it is one of the world’s most populous megacities. New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, significantly influencing commerce,[13] entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, tourism, art, fashion, and sports. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations,[14] New York is an important center for international diplomacy.

Situated on one of the world’s largest natural harbors, New York City is composed of five boroughs, each of which is a county of the State of New York. The five boroughs—Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island—were created when local governments were consolidated into a single city in 1898.[17] The city and its metropolitan area constitute the premier gateway for legal immigration to the United States. As many as 800 languages are spoken in New York,[18] making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world. New York is home to more than 3.2 million residents born outside the United States,[19] the largest foreign-born population of any city in the world as of 2016.[20][21] As of 2019, the New York metropolitan area is estimated to produce a gross metropolitan product (GMP) of $2.0 trillion. If the New York metropolitan area were a sovereign state, it would have the eighth-largest economy in the world. New York is home to the highest number of billionaires of any city in the world.

New York City traces its origins to a trading post founded by colonists from the Dutch Republic in 1624 on Lower Manhattan; the post was named New Amsterdam in 1626.[23] The city and its surroundings came under English control in 1664 and were renamed New York after King Charles II of England granted the lands to his brother, the Duke of York.[23][24] The city was regained by the Dutch in July 1673 and was subsequently renamed New Orange for one year and three months; the city has been continuously named New York since November 1674.[25][26] New York City was the capital of the United States from 1785 until 1790,[27] and has been the largest U.S. city since 1790.[28] The Statue of Liberty greeted millions of immigrants as they came to the U.S. by ship in the late 19th and early 20th centuries,[29] and is a symbol of the U.S. and its ideals of liberty and peace.[30] In the 21st century, New York has emerged as a global node of creativity, entrepreneurship,[31] and environmental sustainability,[32][33] and as a symbol of freedom and cultural diversity.[34] In 2019, New York was voted the greatest city in the world per a survey of over 30,000 people from 48 cities worldwide, citing its cultural diversity.

Many districts and landmarks in New York City are well known, including three of the world’s ten most visited tourist attractions in 2013.[36] A record 62.8 million tourists visited New York City in 2017. Times Square is the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway Theater District,[37] one of the world’s busiest pedestrian intersections,[38][39] and a major center of the world’s entertainment industry.[40] Many of the city’s landmarks, skyscrapers,[41] and parks are known around the world. Manhattan’s real estate market is among the most expensive in the world.[42][43] Providing continuous 24/7 service and contributing to the nickname The City that Never Sleeps, the New York City Subway is the largest single-operator rapid transit system worldwide, with 472 rail stations. The city has over 120 colleges and universities, including Columbia University, New York University, Rockefeller University, and the City University of New York system, which is the largest urban public university system in the United States.[44] Anchored by Wall Street in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan, New York City has been called both the world’s leading financial center and the most financially powerful city in the world, and is home to the world’s two largest stock exchanges by total market capitalization, the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.

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