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    Some New Yorkers had their “Call me Ishmael” moment when a Humpback whale was spotted and caught on camera in the Hudson River near the Statue of Liberty before being followed by other sightings in that area. Photographer Bjoern Kils, who runs the New York Media Boat that tours around New York City, captured a photo of a humpback whale during a trip on Tuesday, Dec. 8, that has since gone viral. The whale was also spotted near One World Trade Center and other iconic spots on the water around New York before leaving the area. Kils was also the photographer who captured the last image of a humpback whale in the area that surfaced in 2016. "It was neat. It definitely brought a bit of excitement to our day," Kils told Insider. "It's been a slow year for the company because of the lack of tourism. So when we know there's a whale out here, we fully document it but also provide a secure area to protect it.” According to reports, the whale was approximately 40-feet long and it...
    A humpback whale was caught on camera swimming close to the Statue of Liberty this week, the latest sign that whales have made a recent comeback in New York Harbor. Reuters reports that Bjoern Kils, whose New York Media Boat transports news crews, took photographs of the whale he estimated to be about 40 feet long. He said the whale surfaced about every minute, making its way past New York's shoreline on Tuesday. A humpback whale surfaces near the Statue of Liberty in this photo taken from a boat on New York Harbor in New York City, U.S., December 8, 2020. STRINGER / REUTERS "As we were passing the Statue of Liberty, it flung its tail out of the water - twice," Kils told Reuters The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation also posted video of the whale. Spotted: A humpback whale in the Hudson River! ???? Whale sightings have increased in recent years in NY's waterways. Reasons for the uptick may include an improvement in local water quality, & an abundance of food sources like Atlantic...
    A humpback whale surfaces near the Statue of Liberty in this photo taken from a boat on New York Harbor in New York City on December 8, 2020. REUTERS/Bjoern Kils/New York Media Boat Bjoern Kils, a photojournalist who runs the New York Media Boat to transport news crews and hold tours around New York City, photographed a whale in the New York Harbor on Tuesday.  He said his boat spent four hours with the whale protecting it from other ships in the harbor.  He said they don't believe the whale was lost, but likely came to the harbor looking for food.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A humpback whale was seen swimming in the New York Harbor on Tuesday, and a photographer captured it surfacing in front of the Statue of Liberty. The photos were taken by Bjoern Kils, a photojournalist who runs the New York Media Boat, which transports news crews and holds tours around New York City.  After two hours of searching, his boat first spotted the whale near Ellis Island and estimated it...
    Edel Rodriguez/Der Spiegel German magazine Der Spiegel celebrated 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s projected election victory with a new entry in its decapitated Statue of Liberty cover series. In 2017, following President Donald Trump’s inauguration, Der Spiegel shocked the world with its cover portraying Trump with a bloody knife in one hand and the severed head of the Statue of Liberty in the other. The cover — by visual artist Edel Rodriguez — was captioned, “America First.” On Saturday, after Biden was projected to be the winner of the 2020 presidential election, Der Spiegel revisited its iconic cover with an update from Rodriguez: Biden — on a stall — reattaching the Statue of Liberty’s head to its body. The caption: “Make America great again.” On Feb 4th, 2017, Der SPIEGEL featured a cover depicting Donald Trump beheading Lady Liberty. Today, on Nov 7th, 2020, we reference said cover by updating our current issue … #46. pic.twitter.com/ilSRhEk3CK — SPIEGEL English (@SPIEGEL_English) November 7, 2020 Make America great again. New SPIEGEL cover by @edelstudio #BidenHarris2020 pic.twitter.com/B410uq6F1P — SPIEGEL English (@SPIEGEL_English) November 7, 2020 ...
    NEW YORK -- Politically, we as a nation are as divided as we can remember.There are so many issues we are fighting over - including who we should or should not allow into the United States.But the one thing we shouldn't forget is where we've come from.That is one of the roles of the Statue of Liberty.In the fifth installment of the FACEism series - filmed prior to the coronavirus pandemic - we look at how Lady Liberty reminds us sometimes in order to move forward, you have to look back.FACEism's mission is to expose our often-ignored history, erase stereotyping and move toward a better understanding of each other.The other installments in the FACEism series can be found here.
    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A statue of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush will be unveiled in October in Budapest’s Liberty Square, officials said Sunday. In 1989, Bush became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hungary. He died in 2018 at the age of 94. The statue, to be inaugurated on Oct. 23, “expresses our mutual appreciation and gratitude for the statesman, who contributed to shaping the future of Europe and within Hungary through his commitment and strong morals, and through his advocacy for democracy and against communist dictatorship,” said a joint statement from U.S. Ambassador David B. Cornstein and Gergely Gulyas, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff. The statue of the 41st U.S. president is being created by Hungarian sculptor Istvan Mate, whose larger-than-life statue of former President Ronald Reagan was unveiled in Liberty Square in June 2011. “It is fitting that the statue will be located close to that of U.S. President Ronald Reagan in Budapest, which will symbolize the joint fight of these two leaders to defeat, in President Reagan’s words, the ‘evil empire,’”...
    BROOKLYN (WABC) -- A woman dressed as the Statue of Liberty was arrested after allegedly pouring paint on the Black Lives Matter mural in front of Trump Tower on Sunday.Juliet Germanottia, 39, is accused of pouring paint on the mural for the third time.In July, there was a string of similar acts of people or groups targeting Black Lives Matter murals throughout New York City.Video obtained by Eyewitness News shows the first vandal at Trump Tower in action:EMBED More News Videos Video shows the moment someone vandalized a Black Lives Matter mural with red paint. At the time, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said he wasn't surprised and thought the vandalism would have happened sooner."As I move throughout the communities, I hear the confrontations, the debates and now they are using the murals as a symbol of their frustrations," Adams said in July. "Pain is pain and people are just trying to find ways to express the pain they are feeling."Charges against Germanottia in the most recent incident are pending.RELATED | Black Lives Matter mural serves as powerful backdrop for...
    The Statue of Liberty was struck by lightning and captured on video. Twitter/Mikey Cee An incredible video shows the Statue of Liberty being struck by lightning. The striking sight was captured by Michael Calabrese from on board a Statue Cruise boat, and posted on Twitter. The footage has now been viewed over 4.2 million times. "I was just in the right place at the right time. I did my best to keep it as still as possible and contain my excitement," Calabrese told USA Today. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. —Mikey Cee (@_Mikey_Cee) July 22, 2020Read more: The world's longest bridge made fully of glass has opened over a river in China, and the video looks incredible You can stay in an underwater hotel room with a glass wall looking into the walrus tank at a Belgian zoo A dentist's ingenious hack for making a face mask fit better has been viewed 3 million times on TikTok
    THE World Trade Center and Statue of Liberty were struck by lightning as severe thunderstorms with 75mph gales savaged the East Coast on Wednesday evening. Dramatic photos captured the moment purple lightning bolts struck the tip of One World Trade Center - while smaller bolts scattered across the sky. 11 Dramatic photos captured the moment purple lightning bolts struck the tip of One World Trade CenterCredit: Dan Martland/Twitter 11 One lightning bold is seen striking the tip of One World TradeCredit: Dan Martland/Twitter 11 Huge bolts of lightning were also photographed hitting the middle of the Hudson River, near Lower ManhattanCredit: Dan Martland/Twitter 11 A lightning bolt appeared to strike on or behind Lady LibertyCredit: Fox News Huge bolts of lightning were also photographed hitting the middle of the Hudson River, near Lower Manhattan - making an eerie sight. Video footage also captured the moment lighting bolts struck on or behind Lady Liberty with dark clouds seen overhead. Mikey Cee, who took the 21-second video from Ellis Island and shared it to Twitter, wrote: "The best video I ever captured....
    Purple lightning has been captured striking an area directly behind the Statue of Liberty as New York City was hit by a dramatic thunderstorm. The intense lightning rod was filmed from a dock on Ellis Island after the storm rolled over the city on Wednesday afternoon. In the 21-second clip, which was posted to Twitter, the lightning blasted down behind the Statue of Liberty and lit up the surrounding city.  The National Weather Service issued a severe weather threat between 5pm and 9pm last night.  The intense lightning rod was filmed from a dock on Ellis Island after the storm rolled over the city on Wednesday afternoon Meteorologists warned there could be weak tornadoes and flooding in the city. The heavy rain eventually stopped just after 10pm.  Two people were struck by lightning in South Ozone Park, Queens, according to CBS. They are in hospital but their conditions are unknown.   RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Russian goalkeeper, 16, who was struck by lightning while... Pentagon is working to develop detection system for......
    A breathtaking video taken during Wednesday’s thunderstorm shows the moment lightning strikes behind the Statue of Liberty. The 21-second clip posted to Twitter shows dark grey clouds hanging above Lady Liberty, with a massive strike disappearing behind her pedestal. The scene was filmed from a dock on Ellis Island. An intense thunderstorm with heavy winds rolled through the Big Apple Wednesday afternoon, with the National Weather Service issuing a severe threat for the city and the Lower Hudson Valley between 5 and 9 p.m. Meteorologists warned the Post of potential for weak tornados and widespread flooding in the city before the rain begins to let up around 10 p.m. Twitter Between 1 and 1.5 inches of rainfall is expected in the city, though as much as 2 inches of rain could drop across the area depending on how fast the system passes overhead.
    A banner stretched over the Staten Island Expressway on Tuesday showed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wearing a Che Guevara t-shirt while holding the bloody, decapitated head of the Statue of Liberty. “It’s what he’s doing to New York. He’s severing the head of the greatest city on earth,”  Scott LoBaido, the artist who created the banner, told The New York Post. The Staten Island resident made the banner after de Blasio allowed the Black Lives Matter protests to rip through the city. LoBaido, who is a Trump supporter, said he painted a blue line in front of the 122nd Precinct in New Dorp on Monday as a show of support for the New York Police Department. That blue line was later painted over with "Black Lives Matter" soon after. “That thin blue line separates anarchy from civilization,” he told The Post. “New York has turned into a sh–hole because of this guy,” LoBaido said of the mayor. “He hates the true New Yorkers: police officers, firefighters… people who built this city.” Related Stories: Black Lives...
    Dozens of boaters took to the waters near the Statue of Liberty on Sunday for a parade to show their support of President Trump in his hometown. Footage posted to social media showed vessels and jetskis waving Trump 2020 flags as they cruised up the Hudson River from New York Harbor. “Raise your Trump flags and sport your Trump gear to show your support at the Statue of Liberty,” the “TrumpStock NY” event page said. Another clip posted to social media showed a boat sail through the harbor waving an American flag. “And we’re off,” the Instagram user wrote, along with the hashtags #teamdeplorables and #trumpstockNY. The boat parade plans garnered praise Friday from the president who wrote on Facebook, “WOW, THANK YOU, NEW YORK!”
    (CNN)Here's a look at the Statue of Liberty.FactsThe Statue of Liberty was a gift to the United States from the people of France to commemorate 100 years of Franco-American friendship. The statue also commemorates the centennial of America's independence.The statue is formally known as "Liberty Enlightening the World." It was sculpted by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. The framework was designed by French engineer Gustave Eiffel.Read MoreThere are 354 steps to the crown.There are 25 windows in the crown.The seven rays of the statue's crown represent the seven seas and continents of the world.The tablet held in the left hand of the statue reads in Roman numerals "July 4th, 1776." (JULY IV MDCCLXXVI)The total weight of copper in the statue is 62,000 pounds (31 tons) and the total weight of steel in the statue is 250,000 pounds (125 tons). Total weight of the statue's concrete foundation is 54 million pounds (27,000 tons). Height from ground to tip of torch -- 305 feet, one inch (92.99m)Approximately 3.5 million people visit the Statue of Liberty every year. Visitors undergo airport-style security screenings prior to...
    Two of New York’s biggest attractions — the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island — could reopen as soon as next week, according to a new report. A spokesman for the National Park Service told NBC New York that the landmarks are still on track to reopen next Monday if New York City moves into Phase Four as coronavirus infections continue to fall. “We are closely watching to see that New York state’s Phase Four reopening remains on track and will make a determination based on that,” the spokesperson said. All regions in the state have reached Phase Four except for the Big Apple at this point. Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio are expected to make that decision in coming days but the city is anticipated to begin easing restrictions on July 20. Under the plan, masks will be mandatory on ferries traveling to both Liberty and Ellis islands but will be optional at the monuments themselves, the park service source told NBC. Under Phase Four, some schools across the state will be allowed to reopen...
    Two of New York’s largest points of interest — the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island — might reopen as quickly as subsequent week, in keeping with a brand new report. A spokesman for the Nationwide Park Service instructed NBC New York that the landmarks are nonetheless on monitor to reopen subsequent Monday if New York Metropolis strikes into Section 4 as coronavirus infections proceed to fall. “We’re intently watching to see that New York state’s Section 4 reopening stays on monitor and can make a willpower based mostly on that,” the spokesperson mentioned. All areas within the state have reached Section 4 aside from the Huge Apple at this level. Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Invoice de Blasio are anticipated to make that call in coming days however the metropolis is anticipated to start easing restrictions on July 20. Underneath the plan, masks can be obligatory on ferries touring to each Liberty and Ellis islands however can be non-obligatory on the monuments themselves, the park service supply instructed NBC. Underneath Section 4, some colleges throughout the state can...
    A Dutch artist is using modern technology to create realistic photo-style portraits of famous figures only depicted in paint and sculpture.   Bas Uterwijk, from Amsterdam, explained that he wanted to see if he could create realistic digital renderings of key faces in history, including Vincent Van Gogh and  Napoleon. He also turned his talents to statues like Michelangelo's David and the Statue of Liberty. Bas uses Artbreeder, a 'deep-learning' software which can create life-like images from scratch or based on a composite of different portraits.   Bas Uterwijk, from Amsterdam, can create likenesses of famous historical figures using 'deep-learning' technology. Pictured: The famous statue of David, by artist Michelangelo, at Florence's Galleria dell' Accademia in Italy, right: an AI-generated portrait of David shows what he would most likely have looked like The deep learning software used by Bas is able to create a realistic portrait of the Impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh, based on his own self-portraits in oil  Bas, who has also made  a realistic portrait of Lady Liberty, explained the challenge was to stay...
    Fox News hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade had an animated debate on Wednesday about the latter’s objection to protests against controversial public statues around the country. A day after Kilmeade furiously condemned protesters who tried to pull down a statue of Andrew Jackson, he invoked recent demonstrations against Abraham Lincoln’s emancipation memorial in Washington D.C. The statue portrays Lincoln holding the Emancipation Proclamation next to an African American slave kneeling beside him. Doocy noted that demonstrators have complained about the symbolism of the statue, since it does not depict Lincoln and the slave as equals. As he explained, Kilmeade groaned and sarcastically interjected: “Let’s spray paint it and rip it down.” Doocy noted that officials are holding legislative debates on what to do with the memorial, and he said “that’s the way you do it” instead of tearing statues down. The host mentioned news that a similarly controversial Theodore Roosevelt statue will be removed from the front of the Museum of Natural History in New York, which made Kilmeade swear “political correctness” to himself. “He was president!” Kilmeade exclaimed....
    New York — It is an object already known in the sidereal surroundings of Earth’s orbit, since it is not the first time it has come close … nor the last. It is an asteroid three times the size of the Statue of Liberty that will pass close to Earth in a couple of days, named as 441987 (2010 NY65). Measuring between 140 and 310 meters in diameter (the New York monument is 93 meters long), this asteroid is considered “small” by NASA, but also “Potentially dangerous” due to its proximity to our planet. However, and although it can reach great speed, the possibility of collision is remote. 441987 is scheduled to pass this June 24 at a distance of 3,775,830 kilometers from Earth, at a speed of eight miles per second. Interestingly, on June 24, but in 2019, this asteroid passed close to Earth, and will do so every June for the next six years, according to astronomical calculations. The passage of space objects close to our planet is a common thing in cosmic reality, but NASA’s Center...
    Trump supporter George P. Bush has warned Black Lives Matter protesters not to 'mess with the Alamo' after rumours emerged the 'Shrine of Texas Liberty' could be targeted.  The Texas Land Commissioner and grandson of the 41st President George HW Bush shared an image of hundreds of officers posing in front of the historical San Antonio monument on Sunday. In a tweet he said the area would be 'defended' against anyone who tried to desecrate it. 'The Alamo is the Shrine of Texas Liberty. And it will be defended,' he added. The Alamo Rangers have been working with the San Antonio Police Department, the Department of Public Safety and The National Guard to patrol the area.   Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush (pictured at the funeral of his grandfather, the former president, George HW Bush in 2018) has warned demonstrators against messing with the Alamo He shared an image of hundreds of police officers posing in front of the historical San Antonio monument on Sunday Mr Bush has said the area would be 'defended' against anyone who...
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