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A look at the Statue of Liberty's 130 years in NYC

On June 17, 1885, New York City welcomed a 225-ton visitor it would never forget. The Statue of Liberty arrived, in 350 pieces. 130 years later, she's seen it all, but Lady Liberty still stands tall in New York Harbor, watching over our city.

Assemblage of the Statue of Liberty in Paris
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Assemblage of the Statue of Liberty in Paris ca. 1883.

Men in a workshop shaping sheets of copper
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Men in a workshop shaping sheets of copper for the construction of the Statue of Liberty ca. 1883.

Construction of the skeleton and plaster surface of
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Construction of the skeleton and plaster surface of the left arm and hand of the Statue of Liberty ca. 1883.

Photograph of a drawing of the Statue of
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Photograph of a drawing of the Statue of Liberty in Upper New York Bay ca. 1883.

Sunset view of Statue of Liberty, harbor and
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Sunset view of Statue of Liberty, harbor and boat ca. 1890.

The Statue of Liberty stands in New York
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The Statue of Liberty stands in New York Harbor ca. 1908.

Judge Samuel Leibowitz, Abba Hushi, holding a pitcher
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Judge Samuel Leibowitz, Abba Hushi, holding a pitcher of soil brought from Palestine in 1917, deputy mayor John J. Bennett and Joseph Schlossberg, during a ceremony at the base of the Statue of Liberty in New York to mark the adoption by the United Nations of resolution 181 on the division of Palestine in two states, one Jewish and one Arab. (Dec. 1, 1947)

Aerial view of part of New York's Upper
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Aerial view of part of New York's Upper Bay showing section of the New York and New Jersey shore-lines and the Statue of Liberty. (July 20, 1951)

Workers remove scaffolding from around the torch of
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Workers remove scaffolding from around the torch of the Statue of Liberty, with the Manhattan skyline and the twin towers of the World Trade Center in the background. (Dec. 17, 1985)

The Statue of Liberty stands with the Twin
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The Statue of Liberty stands with the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in the background. (May 20, 1986)

Sailors on the Aircraft Carrier USS America 'man
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Sailors on the Aircraft Carrier USS America 'man the rails' as the ship steams past the Statue of Liberty at the start of the eighth annual Fleet Week in New York. (May 24, 1995)

Apache helicopters of the 8th/229th fly past the
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Apache helicopters of the 8th/229th fly past the Statue of Liberty on their way to Bosnia via Staten Island, where they were loaded onto a cargo ship. The 'Flying Tigers' battalion was one of only two Apache battalions in the Army Reserve and was headed to Bosnia to help the 10th Mountain Division with peacekeeping duties. (August 4, 1999)

The Statue of Liberty is seen against a
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The Statue of Liberty is seen against a backdrop of fireworks in New York City, capping a day of celebrations for the US's 224th birthday. (July 4, 2000)

President George W. Bush and New York Governor
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President George W. Bush and New York Governor George Pataki pose in front of the Statue of Liberty with new US citizens on Ellis Island in New York City just after a swearing in ceremony for the new citizens. (July 10, 2001)

Smoke and ash from the destroyed World Trade
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Smoke and ash from the destroyed World Trade Center rises over the southern end of New York City's Manhattan behind the Statue of Liberty as seen from Jersey City, New Jersey. (September 12, 2001)

An American flag waves behind the Statue of
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An American flag waves behind the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island in New York harbor on the day Liberty Island was reopened for the first time since the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. (December 20, 2001)

The 'Tribute in Light' memorial consisting of two
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The 'Tribute in Light' memorial consisting of two shafts of light to represent the World Trade Center Twin Towers is lit in New York on the six month anniversary of the terrorist attack that destroyed the towers. (March 11, 2002)

A Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus
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A Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus clown performs a trapeze act in front of the Statue of Liberty. (March 31, 2003)

Eva, Edith , Marcus and Moritz Tannast from
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Eva, Edith , Marcus and Moritz Tannast from Switzerland raise bottles of water as they pose for a picture in front of the Statue of Liberty when the Statue's pedestal was opened to the public for the first time since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. (August 3, 2004)

A man takes photographs as the sun sets
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A man takes photographs as the sun sets over New York Harbor behind the Statue of Liberty December 16, 2004 in New York City.

The sun sets over New York Harbor and
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The sun sets over New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty. (January 28, 2005)

The Statue of Liberty is seen from an
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The Statue of Liberty is seen from an aerial view. (July 1, 2007)

The face of the Statue of Liberty on
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The face of the Statue of Liberty on May 20, 2009. On July 4, 2009, the statue's crown was reopened for the first time since the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center.

Snow and ice floats in the Hudson River
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Snow and ice floats in the Hudson River with the Statue of Liberty in the background in New York City. (February 25, 2015)

The Statue of Liberty is seen from the
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The Statue of Liberty is seen from the Hornblower Infinity at the Pepsi and iHeartRadio Summer Kickoff Party. (June 1, 2015)

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