NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The federal government may still be partially closed, but the Statue of Liberty isn’t.
As 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reported, Lady Liberty reopened Sunday, a relief to many tourists who had their hearts set on visiting the statue while they were in New York.READ MORE: Window Of Near-Perfect Weather Gets Tree Sap Flowing At Closest Maple Syrup Producer To New York City
As CBS 2’s Janelle Burrell reported, Kristin Louw and Rocio Avarc made a 16-hour flight to New York all the way from South Africa. But they said the tickets to the Statue of Liberty were the ones that made the trip worthwhile.
“I’m super excited because we wanted to see it for such a long time, and now we’re finally here,” Louw said.
“When we knew that it was closed, we were freaking out,” Avarc said.
But with their $17 passes in hand, their anxiety had subsided as they boarded a ferry to Liberty Island with a teeming crowd.
Elizabeth from Los Angeles and her friend came out four days in a row before dawn in hopes of visiting Liberty Island.