NEW YORK (PIX11) — After suffering significant damage from Superstorm Sandy , the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will not reopen to tourists this year, the National Park Service announced Wednesday.
According to the NPS, the Statue of Liberty, its pedestal and base received little or no damage, however both the visitor and National Park Service docks endured serious damage.
Cleaning crews have been at both sites since Sandy struck, assessing the damage which has been ongoing.
Other damage includes more than half of the brick pavers in the promenade around the island have been dislodged, railings and other barriers for the protection of the employees and visitors have been damaged or are missing and the vast majority of Liberty Island has debris and/or “trip & fall” hazards.
Concession facilities and security screening facilities were also seriously damaged, the NPS said.
There was no immediate timeline set to the sites’ reopening.