As scheduled, five webcams attached to the Status of Liberty’s torch in New York harbor went live today, offering views not seen by the public in nearly a century.
Today marks the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the copper-clad monument, which was a gift from France to the people of America. Webcam viewers will be able to watch live video streams of traffic, boats and airplanes in high-resolution panoramic images showing the Manhattan skyline, the city's borough of Brooklyn and neighboring New Jersey.
Officials closed the torch to the public in 1916 during World War One following an explosion at a nearby munitions depot, blamed on German saboteurs that damaged the statue. Since then, the sweeping views have been seen only by a handful of people involved in the statue's maintenance.
"It's a heck of a climb," said Briganti, who last made the difficult ascent in the statue's right arm in the 1980s.