Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty…

If you go to New York City, one of the first things you’ll probably see is the Statue of Liberty. It’s a huge reminder of the freedoms that Americans should never take for granted.

The statue, which was built piece-by-piece over several years, was a gift from the people of France. The parts and pieces of the statue were designed and constructed in France, then shipped in crates to New York. The statue was put together (like a huge Lego construction) and completed in 1886.

The Statue of Liberty stands as tall as a 30-story building, and if you’re in good shape, you can climb a staircase to the top of the statue’s head and look out over the New York Harbor. It’s a long climb (354 steps!) but it’s certainly worth it!

Bright Ideas

Quotes About Freedom

“Education is the key to unlock the golden door to freedom.”
George Washington Carver

“A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.”
Bob Dylan

“To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
Nelson Mandela

“We must be free, not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.”
William Faulkner

“I’d like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free and wanted other people to be also free.”
Rosa Parks

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About New York City

It’s a Fact: The city of New York is divided into 5 separate areas called “boroughs.” The five boroughs of New York are: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island. The Statue of Liberty is located in the borough of Manhattan, but it’s actually on an island called Liberty Island.

It’s a Fact: The city of New York is located in the state of New York. That means you can visit New York State without going to New York City, but you can’t visit New York City without going to New York State.

It’s a Fact: Broadway is a famous street in New York City. Times Square, which is on Broadway, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. It’s estimated that 50 million people visit Times Square every year.

It’s a Fact: Central Park, the city’s biggest public area, is located in the borough of Manhattan.

It’s a Fact: Wall Street, which is the business center of New York and the world, is also located in New York City. Like Central Park, Times Square, and the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street is also located in the borough of Manhattan.

More Fun Facts

Fun Fact: The Statue of Liberty is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. Over 4 million visitors go there each year.

Fun Fact: The Statue of Liberty represents the freedoms and opportunities that Americans enjoy.

Fun Fact: The outside of the Statue of Liberty is made of copper. Because of a natural process called oxidation, the copper has turned green.

Fun Fact: The copper sheeting that’s on the outside of the Statue of Liberty isn’t very thick. In fact, it’s only about one-tenth of an inch thick. That’s about the thickness of two pennies stacked on top of each other.

Fun Fact: The Statue of Liberty is nicknamed “Lady Liberty.” Lady Liberty holds a torch that’s covered in 24-carat gold leaf. Workers can climb up a narrow ladder inside Lady Liberty’s arm and go to the top of the flame, but visitors aren’t allowed to go there.

Questions and Answers
Just for fun,
see if you can answer these questions.
Was the Statue of Liberty built in England, Germany, France, or Canada?
The pieces were built in France. Then, all those parts were shipped to New York and put together on Liberty Island.
Is the outside of the Statue of Liberty made of iron, steel, copper, or aluminum?
It’s made of copper. The copper is about as thick as two pennies stacked on top of each other, and the entire state has turned green through a process called oxidation.
Is the Statue of Liberty as tall as a 10-story building, a 30-story building, or a 50-story building?
It’s about as tall as a 30-story building.
What's the capital of New York State? Is it New York City, Buffalo, Albany, or Brooklyn?
Albany is the capital of New York State. New York City is the biggest city in state and the biggest city in America!
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