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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 Coast Guard Cutter Redwood anchored off Pecks Ledge Lighthouse. Photo via wikipedia.


Have you always wanted to live in a lighthouse? Well, now you can buy one for a song, or even get your very own lighthouse for nothing!

The federal government has a slew of lighthouses up for grabs, as reported by the AP via ABC News. Some are being auctioned off, others are being given away for free. These available lighthouses are located on both coasts and on the Great Lakes, so there’s something for everybody!

Stratford Shoal Lighthouse, Long Island Sound, Bridgeport vicinity (Fairfield County, Connecticut) via wikipedia


ABC News: Sixty-eight of the lighthouses have gone for free to preservationists while 36 others sold at public auction thanks to the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000, which allows the government to dispose of federally-owned lighthouses.

The White Shoal Light in Lake Michigan. Photo via wikipedia


The Coast Guard, which maintains lighthouses, has 71 other lighthouses queued up to go through the transfer process, and four are at auction now.

Duxbury Pier Lighthouse and Clarks Island in Plymouth Harbor. Photo via wikipedia


The federal General Services Administration, which sells the lighthouses, does not have a target number of how many lighthouses it would like to sell and give away, but the Coast Guard is always looking to shed excess lighthouses that “are often no longer critical” to the guard’s work, said Patrick Sclafani, a spokesman for the agency.

Read more from the AP via ABC News here.

By Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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