Symbols of the City
||Created by French sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, the
Statue of Liberty was a gift from France to commemorate the centennial
of the Declaration of Independence and was dedicated on October
28, 1886. Standing 305 feet tall from the base of the pedestal
to the top of the torch, the Statue of Liberty has come to symbolize
New York City and its historic role as a haven for immigrants.
The Statue's crown consists of seven points, representing the
seven continents. Inscribed on the tablet in the Statue's left
hand are the words: "July 4, 1776." Emma Lazarus' famous tribute,
"The New Colossus," was immortalized at the entrance to the pedestal
in 1903. Today, the Statue of Liberty is arguably the most famous
landmark in the world.
|New Yorkers have had an emotional attachment with Yankee Stadium
since the day it opened on April 18, 1923. Located at 161st Street
in the Bronx, Yankee Stadium occupies 11.6 acres. It has been
home to many legends, the site where both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig
bid their farewells to baseball. The city acquired the property
and stadium in 1971 and closed the stadium between 1974-75 for
renovations. It has a current seating capacity of 57,545.
||Ferries have played a pivotal role in the development of Staten
Island since as early as the 18th century, and have continued
to do so even after the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge opened in the
1960's. An estimated 70,000 people use the ferry each day to commute
between Staten Island and Manhattan. The ferry is also a popular
tourist attraction, since it offers breathtaking views of the
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The fare for trips on the
ferry was eliminated last summer.
|The Brooklyn Bridge played an historic role not just in the
development of Brooklyn, but in the evolution of the city. Its
completion in May of 1883 provided an additional incentive for
Brooklyn residents to unite with their neighbor across the river.
It took 14 years to construct and is considered a feat of 19th
century engineering. Twenty-seven people lost their lives in its
construction, often from the bends, including its creator, John
A. Roebling. The bridge's roadway is 135 feet above the East River
and the stone towers are 271 feet high. It spans 1,595 feet and
at the time of its construction, was the tallest and longest bridge
in the world.
|The Unisphere was constructed in Flushing Meadows Corona Park,
Queens for the 1964-65 World's Fair. A gift from the US Steel
Corporation, the Unisphere is the largest globe in the world, standing 120 feet tall and weighing
almost one million pounds. It symbolized the theme of the Fair,
which was peace through understanding. It consists of steel renderings
of the seven continents and is encircled by three metal rings.
Two of its concentric rings symbolize the orbits of the first
American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts in outer space. The
third ring symbolizes the first communication satellite in outer
space. The Unisphere is now a landmark and has become a fitting
symbol of Queens, the most diverse county on the planet. After
a $3 million renovation, the addition of spectacular lighting
makes the Unisphere visible from many distant vantage points on
the ground and in the air. It has also gained national prominence,
appearing on television shows, in commercials, and magazine ads.
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