It’s time to bake a very large cake and get a lot of candles ready, because Friday is the Statue of Liberty’s 125th birthday. Celebrations on Liberty Island will mark the October day in 1886 when the gift from France, a symbol of friendship, was inaugurated in front of then-President Grover Cleveland.
US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced Wednesday that the Statue of Liberty will close on October 28 for a year-long, $27.25 million renovation. The upgrades will make the interior safer and more accessible, he said.
Code-compliant stairways will be installed, and electrical and fire suppression systems, elevators and bathrooms will all get an overhaul. The current staircases do not me