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Continued: Statue of Liberty reopens to visitors July 4 but there are many other options for great views

  • Article by: BETH J. HARPAZ , AP Travel Editor
  • Last update: June 26, 2013 - 8:30 PM

RED HOOK, BROOKLYN

One of the best views of the Statue of Liberty is from Red Hook, an up-and-coming waterfront neighborhood in Brooklyn. A cruise terminal where the Queen Mary 2 homeports is located in one corner of the neighborhood, and lots of popular eateries like the Fort Defiance Bar and Red Hook Lobster Pound line the main street, Van Brunt.

Oddly enough, one of the best spots for viewing the Statue of Liberty is from the parking lot of the local Fairway supermarket, 480-500 Van Brunt, as well as from Fairway's rear patio, which sells ready-to-eat fare. Another great vantage point is from Red Hook's Louis Valentino Jr. Pier and Park, on Ferris Street between Coffey and Van Dyke, one of the few places where you can get a rare head-on view of the statue, instead of from the side.

A free ferry runs weekends this summer to Red Hook from Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan, http://www.nywatertaxi.com/tours/redhook . Red Hook is also fun to explore by bike, and it's one of those rare neighborhoods where you can often find street parking.

MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE - A LIVING MEMORIAL TO THE HOLOCAUST

The Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust at 36 Battery Place has tall picture windows that look directly out onto the Statue of Liberty. While you look, you can listen to the museum's "Voices of Liberty" sound installation, in which Holocaust survivors, refugees and others discuss why they chose to make the U.S. their home, http://www.mjhnyc.org/ .

RITZ-CARLTON NEW YORK, BATTERY PARK

The majority of guest rooms at the Ritz-Carlton's Battery Park hotel offer views of the Statue of Liberty, and they even come equipped with telescopes for an up-close look. For July Fourth weekend, prices for a room with a king or two double beds start at $420, going up to $7,500 for a 2,100-square-foot (195-square-meter) suite; http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/NewYorkBatteryPark/Default.htm.

LIBERTY STATE PARK, NEW JERSEY

This waterfront park on the New Jersey side of the harbor offers the closest view you can get of the statue without sailing past on a boat or stepping onto Liberty Island. There are three ways to get there: Drive; take the PATH train from Manhattan, followed by a light rail and a half-mile (.8-kilometer) walk into the park; or take a ferry from the World Financial Center in Lower Manhattan, http://www.libertylandingferry.com . While you're there, check out the Liberty Science Center, a great museum for kids, http://www.lsc.org .

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