THE United States National Park Service says the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will not reopen to visitors this year. Both sites have been closed since Superstorm Sandy hit the region October 29. Cleanup and repairs have been ongoing. The Statue of Liberty itself received little or no damage, but docks, a brick promenade, railings and other facilities on Liberty Island were damaged.
At Ellis Island, the storm damaged doors, windows and exhibits in the ferry building, among other sites. Park Service spokeswoman Daphne Yun said Wednesday no projected reopening date has been established.
Both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, which served as an entry point for immigrants for a half century, are among New York's top tourist attractions.