In our series Beyond the Village and Back, we take a look at some great landmarks throughout New York City outside of the Village, the East Village, and NoHo, celebrate their special histories, and reveal their (sometimes hidden) connections to the Village.
On an average day in New York City, you might catch sight of the Statue of Liberty on the subway, meandering down the High Line, or maybe if you are somewhere along the Lower Manhattan or Brooklyn waterfront. Standing resolutely in New York Harbor, the neoclassical colossus herself, whose full name is “Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World,” was unveiled and dedicated in New York Harbor on October 28, 1886.
Rendering of the opening day fireworks for the statue, courtesy of the NY Parks Service
The Statue of Liberty graces the one-dollar coin, stamps, and logos, and, of course, her destruction is depicted in countless disaster-apocalypse movies. She has been the subject of literature from O. Henry’s “The Lady Higher Up” to Kafka’s “Amerika.” But in some ways, the most enduring element of her identity was forged in Greenwich Village.
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