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Please tell me this is a Halloween trick?

Gothamist reports that The Statue of Liberty will be used in a cheesy marketing gimmick by a some clothing label. The ‘big idea’ is to “dress-up” the nations most iconic symbol of Freedom in gaudy polka-dotted bowties for Halloween.

These 60 foot wide bowties will be hoisted by helicopter and flown in front of Lady Liberty, presumably for tourist photo ops.


via Gothamist


Gothamist: In what appears to be some sort of marketing gimmick thought up by Joe Boxer founder Nick Graham, on the morning of October 31st Lady Liberty will be part of a one Lady fashion show. She’ll be sporting an array of massive bow ties courtesy of the menswear and lifestyle brand, which will be lifted in front of her, one by one, via helicopters.

The organizers claim full permission from the National Parks Service and the FAA for the planned commercial stunt, but Gothamist reports to the contrary:

UPDATE: A rep for the FAA tells us, “The FAA has not received any applications for waivers to carry giant bowties via helicopters in front of the Statue of Liberty.” The National Parks Service has still not returned our request for comment, but they did tell USA Today they were “aware that this is something that Nick Graham is planning on doing. We were told it would be taking place 1,000 feet from Liberty Island, which would make it not on our property.”

Read more from Gothamist here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

The first of a series of 8 lock gates for the Panama Canal expansion has been delivered through the Panama Canal by Crowley Maritime Corp.

Crowley’s heavy lift barge 455 4 has moved the 2,300 ton, 11-story high gate from the Atlantic port of Cristóbal to the construction dock on the Pacific side of the project.

Photo via Crowley Maritime Corp.’s facebook page


Crowley Maritime Corp. News Release: Crowley Maritime Corp.’s heavy lift barge 455 4 successfully delivered the first in a series of new gates for the ongoing Panama Canal expansion. Crowley is scheduled to help transport all eight of the gates involved in the Pacific side lock expansion of the Canal – a project that when coupled with the Atlantic side expansion will create a new lane of vessel traffic and double the waterway’s capacity.

Photo via Crowley Maritime Corp.’s facebook page

The 455 4 was contracted by Sarens, a Belgium-based heavy lift company, to transport the gates from Cristóbal, a port on the Atlantic side of the Canal, to Grupo Unidos por el Canal, SA’s (GUPC SA) construction dock, which was built to receive the gates on the canal’s Pacific side. The 105-foot wide barge, currently the largest capable of transiting the Canal, was towed by Panama Canal Authority (ACP) tugs and made the transit in only one day.

Read more from Crowley Maritime Corp. here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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