Friday, August 09, 2013

Lady Liberty Doesn't Like Short Guys

I've complained before about New York's height-based transit system, which charges a fare to kids over 44 inches (even if they're not yet kindergarten age).

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Well, the city's height tyranny works in the other direction too.

They reopened the Statue of Liberty last month, and I've been looking forward to taking Elliot inside the majestic lady.

But it turns out children under 48 inches can't go up into the statue's crown (and if you can't do that, what's the point?).

It's tough to be a New York kid between 44 and 48 inches: too tall to ride free on the subway and too short to climb to the top of Lady Liberty.

Fortunately, the city is filled with smaller replicas, such as this one inside Macy's...


...or this one on 61st Street near Madison Avenue.


I guess that will have to do for now.