The Statue of Liberty Will Reopen Tomorrow

Tourists walk by a sign announcing that the Statue of Liberty is closed due to a US government shutdown in New York, October 1, 2013. Government institutions and national parks around the US were closed and thousands of employees were furloughed after Congress was unable to agree on a federal budget and shut down the goverment for the first time in 17 years.
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27: Space shuttle Enterprise, mounted atop a 747 shuttle carrier aircraft, flies past the Statue of Liberty prior to landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport on April 27, 2012 in New York City. Enterprise, which was flown from Washington, DC, will eventually be put on permanent display at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images) Photo: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Though the government is still shut down, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Friday night that he would use state money to pay the $61,600 daily cost of opening Liberty Island National Park to visitors. “The Statue of Liberty is one of this country’s most recognizable landmarks, attracting millions of visitors to the state every year, and its closure these last 12 days has had a terrible impact on the local economy and tourism industry,” Cuomo explained. Just watch this video if you don’t believe him.