Lady Liberty to get 24/7 torch-view webcams

In this undated photo provided by EarthCam, EarthCam's In this undated photo provided by EarthCam, EarthCam's CEO and founder, Biran Cury poses for a photo on the torch of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. (Oct. 28, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

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Give me your tired, your poor -- your Internet-connected masses yearning to see.

Lady Liberty is getting high-tech gifts for her 125th birthday: webcams on her torch that will let viewers gaze out at New York Harbor and read the tablet in her hands or see visitors on the grounds of the island below in real time.

The five 24-hour torch cams are to be switched on Friday during a ceremony to commemorate the dedication of the Statue of Liberty on Oct. 28, 1886.

The ceremony will cap a week of events centered around the historic date, including the debut of a major museum exhibition about poet Emma Lazarus, who helped bring the monument renown as the "Mother of Exiles."

The statue's webcams will offer views from the torch that have been unavailable to the public since 1916, said Stephen A. Briganti, the president of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation Inc.

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Noting the statue's international recognition, he said: "Most of the people in the world have seen it, but they have not seen it like this."

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Through the webcams, Internet users logging into earthcam.com will have four views, including a 180-degree stitched panorama of the harbor. They will be able to watch as ships go by Liberty Island and observe as the Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center goes up floor-by-floor in lower Manhattan. They can get a fish-eye look at the torch itself as it glows in the night.See for yourself

Once the torch webcams go live, check to see them here: www.nps.gov/stli

For now, you can find webcam views of Lady Liberty in New York Harbor, along with time-lapse video of the statue here: www.earthcam.com/statueofliberty

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