New York » Njujork | 23 Stih čuvene američke pesnikinje Eme Lazarus „Daj mi svoje umorne, svoje siromašne, svoje šćućurene mase koje žude da slobodno dišu“ uklesan je u postolju spomenika tek 1903. The line of renowned American poet Emma Lazarus “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” was cast in a plaque on the monument’s pedestal as late as 1903 She is one of the most noteworthy symbols of New York, symbolising freedom and democracy. Located in New York Harbour, this monument is also seen as the unofficial entrance to New York City, welcoming visitors from all around the world Happy birthday Lady Liberty Conceived by politician Édouard René Lefèbvre de Laboulaye, designed by sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by architect Gustave Eiffel, Liberty Enlightening the World was a gift to the United States from the people of France. Cared for by the National Park Service, the statue has served as a welcoming figure to millions of immigrants, a cultural touchstone for generations and a symbol of freedom for the world. You have to take a boat from Lower Manhattan to visit the Statue of Liberty. Before boarding the boat, everyone must go through a rigorous security screening similar to that of an airport. The boat takes you first to Liberty Island, where you disembark and walk to the Statue of Liberty. When you are done with your visit to Liberty Island, you can take any boat back that you want. That boat will then always go to Ellis Island, where you can disembark if you wish. You don’t have to pay anything extra for this visit. However, if you don’t want to visit Ellis Island, just stay aboard the boat until it carries you back to Manhattan. There are two ways you can venture inside the Statue of Liberty: by visiting the pedestal or by visiting the crown. You need to make reservations in advance for either option, as tickets sell out extremely quickly. There is an observation deck at the top of the pedestal. Here you get a close up view of the Statue herself, plus a great view of the Manhattan skyline. To get to this vantage point, you can climb the 215 steps, or choose to take the lift for a portion of the climb. Reaching the crown requires climbing 354 steps of a narrow staircase, both up and down. If you are heading up to the crown, visitors are only allowed to carry with them their ticket, a camera and any personal medication. Finally, yes, if you want to see the Statue up close for free, you can! Simply take a free ride on the Staten Island Ferry. You will pass right by the Statue of Liberty, although you can’t stop and disembark at Liberty Island. iStock / Orbon Alija profimedia.rs profimedia.rs