Sandy Damage Shutters Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Until 2013
NEW YORK CITY — Lady Liberty managed to make it through Hurricane Sandy unscathed, but the island around her wasn't so lucky.
The red bricks along the pathways around the statue were uprooted and strewn about by the storm and a long pier serving the island was ripped off its support beams.
Officials had completed their initial assessment of landmarks and determined that they were too damaged to reopen to the public any time soon.
A reopening date hasn't been set, but that it certainly won't happen until 2013, officials said.
Facilities on Ellis Island were also battered by Sandy. A trailer containing an office for park police was shredded. Flood waters brought a police boat ashore and wedged it between a cooling plant and a trailer. And officials even reported that a 19th Century furnishing from the iconic immigration facility had washed ashore in New Jersey.