September 17, 2001
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Wait wait wait, "The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will be closed indefinitely"?? Thats what it says, in big red letters, anyone have news on this?
posted by tomplus2 (12 comments total)
Maybe it's just a misuse of the word, and they mean that they're closed until further notice?
posted by starvingartist at 1:49 PM on September 17, 2001

Not surprised, are you? I don't think indefinitely means forever, but keeping it closed now seems reasonable.
posted by luser at 1:49 PM on September 17, 2001

"Indefinitely" mean no set date.
posted by tranquileye at 2:04 PM on September 17, 2001

My bad (sorry about that).
posted by tomplus2 at 2:21 PM on September 17, 2001

The observatory in the John Hancock Tower here in Boston is, however, closed permanently.
posted by Mapes at 2:32 PM on September 17, 2001

what need for a statue when you have no liberty? bills are introduced to clamp down on encryption on the net, the monopolist radio network is banning songs, the jingoist machine is in full swing (i got the statue of liberty flipping the bird 4 times today in my email) and the rights trampling is about to begin. it must truly amuse the terrorist planners that all they have to do is get our attention, then sit back and watch us fuck ourselves.
posted by quonsar at 3:21 PM on September 17, 2001

quonsar: The majority of American life and liberty is pretty sweet compared the troubles elsewhere in the world. I can be skeptic from time to time, and disagree with the government from time to time, but I still beleive in and love my country. I'm glad I live here.

I think if the Statue of Liberty had been taken out, I might had physically shed a tear. Not to say I'm not terribly distraught now.
posted by tomorama at 3:26 PM on September 17, 2001

tomorama, for any other structure -- even the Capitol -- I would be concerned more about the loss of life. For Lady Liberty, I would have been saddened even had there been not a single casualty.

The Sears Tower rebuilt, around a decade ago, access to its observation Skydeck so there would be an entirely separate entrance. Nothing on the page, but they have closed it until they can change security measures.

I just watched Ferris Bueller last week. Though as a Chicago native I'm honor bound to say that while Sears is taller, the view from the Hancock is better -- I'd hate to think that was the last time I was "up there".
posted by dhartung at 3:35 PM on September 17, 2001

dhartung, isn't the Hancock tower sort of like that, too? (The one in Chicago, I mean...)
posted by mrbula at 3:51 PM on September 17, 2001

Closing the observation deck of the Hancock Tower (Boston) is, in view, ludicrous...I'm just glad I made it up there before they closed it, though unfortunately I won't be able to take my boyfriend up there when I give him a tour of the city in a few months.

"Unfortunately, once they are inside, it is very difficult to control or limit their access to other parts of the building."

When I went up the Space Needle in Seattle a couple months ago...well, here's a building with nothing in it but a restaurant and an observation deck, and they knew how to manage people. You don't go up or down without a "tour guide" in the elevator. You can't go down without one, in fact, because there's always one in the elevator.

If the management of the JHT was smart, IMHO, they'd pay a couple security guards to stay with the groups of people going up and down instead of closing it permanently. That way they have the security they want, and people can still enjoy the view. I'm sure the money they make from tourists going up would pay for it, especially if they raised the price a little.

Oh well. You can still go to the top of the Prudential Center, AFAIK (couldn't find a good link, sorry).
posted by CrayDrygu at 4:34 PM on September 17, 2001

The restaurant at the top of the (52-story) USX Tower here in Pittsburgh will be closing at the end of the month. While this is a coincidence of timing -- the lease wasn't renewed -- it seems more and more unlikely that the top floor of our tallest building will remain a publicly accessible area. Sad, that. In our hill and valley terrain, the view is unparalleled.
posted by Dreama at 9:23 PM on September 17, 2001

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are closed indefinitely because that is where the bodies from the disaster are being shipped to and sorted out at. I don't think I would want to see the Statue of Liberty now if that is the case.
posted by byort at 6:54 AM on September 18, 2001

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