It was good news today when the Park Service announced that the Statue of Liberty will be reopening on the 4th of July. It sounds far off, what with snow and slush still on the ground here in the Big Apple, but summer will be here before we know it. I had a feeling an announcement might be coming soon based on what I had been reading online the past week or so. Local, state, and federal officials were pressing harder for a re-opening date. It is understandable. The Statue is a major tourist attraction and is important to the New York and New Jersey economies. I imagine the Ellis re-opening is still a ways off, probably early 2014, though that is just my guess. I’m looking forward to seeing the crowds again when the Governors Island season in late May and people are again flocking to the Battery as the summer moves along.