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  1. 1. The Statue of Liberty Nick Arnold, Peina Cao, Jimmy Chang, Stephen Cho, Michelle Liu, Darcy Lundy
  2. 2. A Little History Lesson <ul><li>The people of France gave the Statue of Liberty to the people of United States over a hundred years ago to represent the friendship established between the two countries after the American Revolution. </li></ul><ul><li>Fredric-Auguste Bartholdi was the designer of the statue. It was a joint project between the countries, with the statue built in France and the pedestal built in the United States. On October 18,1886, the display was put together completely. </li></ul><ul><li>Liberty Island was closed after the 9/11 attack, but reopened shortly afterwards. However, visitation for the Statue reopened in 2004 and access to the crown resumed in 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>The Statue of Liberty is now an international symbol for liberty and freedom. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Accessibility of Site <ul><li>April 12 th - May 28 th 9 am- 5 pm. Peak season: June- September, </li></ul><ul><li>Accessible via foot, subway, car (parking at Battery Park). </li></ul><ul><li>Subway from Union Square to Bowling Green stop. </li></ul><ul><li>Long lines- Plan Ahead! Go Early! Order tickets online or by phone (1-877-LADY-TIX). </li></ul><ul><li>Intense security scanning- no weapons, no large packages, suitcases, carry-on luggage. No locker storage facilities. </li></ul><ul><li>All visitors with a monument ticket must pass through secondary screening on Liberty Island before entering the monument. </li></ul><ul><li>Accessibility for disabled- many ramps, land is flat, rest rooms aboard ferries are not handicapped accessible. </li></ul><ul><li>Crown can only be reached by climbing 354 steps. Observation level at the pedestal can be reached by elevator and a 24-step climb. </li></ul><ul><li>Pets are not allowed on the ferry system or in the park. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Accessibility of Site (overall) <ul><li>It’s really easy to get there by subway </li></ul><ul><li>Once you enter Battery Park, you can go ahead and wait in line to buy ticket for the ferry </li></ul><ul><li>Ferries: Statue Cruises personnel provide assistance on the ferry gangways </li></ul><ul><li>Wheelchairs & Guide: limited number of wheelchairs are available </li></ul><ul><li>Suggest: Reserve Ahead! Make a phone call or order online. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Staff and Attitude <ul><li>The staff was not very friendly. They were all very stern, stiff, and serious, but it is hard to control so many tourists , let alone protect their safety, as well as crowd control on the ferries and security lines. </li></ul><ul><li>Because this is a post 9/11 world, the Statue of Liberty is a viable target, so security is very scrutinized. Like an airport there are metal detectors, and bag searches. </li></ul><ul><li>The staff and the security at the Statue of Liberty were not so friendly but I assume it is because they have to deal with thousands of tourists everyday. </li></ul><ul><li>But they do their jobs well. They were informative when people asked them questions. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Educational Aspect <ul><li>All around liberty island, there were placards loaded with tons and tons of information about: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The history of the statue itself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The massive influx of immigrants in America during the turn of the century and into the 1900s </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Brochures were handed out upon purchasing a ticket with quick facts about the statue. </li></ul><ul><li>A museum inside the pedestal provided a great deal of information as well as great photographs of the statue being assembled on liberty island. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The WOW Factor <ul><li>There’s a certain build of anticipation right when you step out of the train station, bus, taxi, whatever it may be. </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone definitely went “wow” when they saw Liberty herself. Everyone rushes to one side of the ferry to get a better glimpse, and the whole boat tips to one side—so maybe it’s more of a fear factor than a WOW factor. </li></ul><ul><li>The size of the statue definitely amazes people when they crane their neck all the way up to look at the whole thing. </li></ul><ul><li>It would have been a lot more exciting if access to the crown was open, because the view is absolutely breathtaking (so is the walk up there.) </li></ul>
  8. 8. And so… <ul><li>The hot dogs are overpriced </li></ul><ul><li>Street performers reap a fortune </li></ul><ul><li>The wait was long </li></ul><ul><li>The security was fairly quick </li></ul><ul><li>The boat almost tipped </li></ul><ul><li>It was awesome </li></ul>