Statue of Liberty alight for 1st time since superstorm

2012-11-10T00:00:00Z 2013-05-29T08:46:24Z Statue of Liberty alight for 1st time since superstormThe Associated Press The Associated Press
November 10, 2012 12:00 am  • 

NEW YORK - The Statue of Liberty was illuminated Friday evening for the first time since it was damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

The statue, one of the city's top tourist attractions, has been closed because of damage resulting from the storm that hit New York Oct. 29, with no estimate on when it will reopen to visitors.

The statue sits on a small island in New York Harbor, and can be seen from many vantage points around New York City.

The monument was relit through temporary measures made possible by a donation of equipment and services from Musco Lighting to the National Park Foundation, which is the official charity of America's national parks, according to a statement from the National Park Service. Another company, Natoli Construction, handled the lighting of the statue's torch and crown.

The temporary lighting will remain in place until permanent repairs are made.

Mike Litterst, a spokesman for the National Park Service, said it was not clear in advance whether the relighting would include the torch "so it was a pleasant surprise to be able to get the torch lit tonight."

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