Tourists have already begun to come back to Lower Manhattan post-Sandy, says Fertitta of NYC & Company, and Lady Liberty's return on the holiday when America celebrates its independence, dovetails with the region's economic, cultural and emotional healing.
"I think it shows the resiliency of New York and demonstrates the perennial optimism of our residents," he said.
If you go
Statue of Liberty
Admission is free, but tickets are required. Ferry tickets start at $17 for adults; $14 for seniors; and $9 for childrens ages 4-12. Reservations are now available for dates through Sept. 2. Tickets to visit the crown cost a little more and are limited to advance reservation only, with a maximum of four tickets per order. Updated information on the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island is available on the National Park Service website at: http://www.nps.gov/stli. Visitors can also go to statuecruises.com or call 201-604-2800.
Get the pass. Tourism officials are promoting the New York CityPASS, which enables visitors to save on admission to many of New York City's attractions, including the Statue of Liberty, and skip most main-entrance ticket lines. New York CityPASS ticket booklets: $106 adults; $79 youth, ages 6-17. Purchase online at CityPASS.com.
Battery Park. Battery Park is an area of Lower Manhattan with parks, gardens, public art, memorials, statues, eateries, and views of the New York harbor and Lady Liberty. The Financial District, the 9/11 Memorial and local Jewish and Native American museums are also in the area.
Stone Street is a pedestrian-only outdoor restaurant seating area that is about a 10-minute walk from Battery Park in the Financial District. Adrienne's Pizzabar is a sitdown place with great food and atmosphere.
Restaurants like PJ Clarke's (pjclarkes.com/hudson) and Shake Shack (shakeshack.com) are also close, in an area called Battery Park City.
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park (2 West St.) has rooms with views of Lady Liberty, and fun touches such as telescopes to see every detail of its crown and torch. Offerings include a "Summer in the Park" package that includes a sail around the Statue of Liberty, a picnic lunch and more. For reservations, call 800-241-3333 or go to ritzcarlton.com.
The Holiday Inn Express New York City Wall Street (126 Water St.) is located in the heart of the Financial District, a short distance from the New York Stock Exchange, City Hall and the Federal Reserve Bank. For reservations, call 1-888-465-4329.
For more information, go to nycgo.com.