Lady Liberty Reopens After Hurricane Sandy

Lady-Liberty-Reopens-After-Hurricane-Sandy-ImageNew York’s iconic Statute of Liberty reopened for the Fourth of July fireworks festival after being closed since Hurricane Sandy damaged the land surrounding it.  Lady Liberty’s reopening was a sign for many New Yorkers that life continues in the midst of tragedy.

Red, White & Blue Abound

The reopening of the Statue of Liberty was part of a grand Fourth of July weekend in New York in which red, white and blue abounded.  According to the Huffington Post, Liberty Island – the 12-acre island on which the statue sits – was decorated in patriotic colors and looking its best for the thousands of spectators who came to see the fireworks display.

While the statue itself was unharmed during Hurricane Sandy, much of Liberty Island was damaged.   Railings, docks, electrical systems, sewage pumps and boilers had to be repaired – not an easy task on such a small island.  The majority of those repairs were accomplished by hundreds of workers from the National Park Service who spent weeks cleaning up mud and debris before the weekend’s festivities, which also included the infamous Brooklyn’s Coney Island 98th annual hot dog eating contest (which, by the way, was won by Joey Chestnut, who achieved a new world record by consuming 69 dogs…)

Life Getting Back To Normal – Slowly, But Surely

It’s clear that life in the New York and New Jersey coastal areas hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy is getting back to normal – slowly, but surely.  While “slowly, but surely” has a positive connotation when it comes to returning to normalcy, it is not positive when it comes to your homeowners’ insurance.  Nine months is simply too long.

If you’re still battling it out with your insurance company, had your valid claim denied, were offered a lowball settlement, had your deductible calculated improperly or were treated in bad faith, contact Belluck & Fox.  Our New York insurance dispute lawyers can help you get what you deserve.