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Why most visitors should avoid the Statue of Liberty

Yes, it ranks among the most iconic of all the attractions in New York City, but most visitors should give both the statue and Ellis Island a miss right now.

The problem is time. Smart travelers work to make the most of their time, to get the most cool stuff packed into the fewest hours. Unfortunately, the statue is a time eater, particularly if you want to go inside the statue rather than just walk around on Liberty Island.

The park service only sells a few hundred statue tickets every day. If you want to get one of them, you need to be lined up in Battery Park well before 8 a.m. If you succeed in getting one — a big if — it probably won’t be a morning ticket, so you’ll have to kill the better part of a day waiting for your tour.

Even if you’re content to just walk around on Liberty Island or confine your visit to Ellis Island, you’ll still face a long line for tickets and then (on most days) a 90 minute line to get onto one of the ferries. (This line snakes through Battery Park and much of the time, you’ll be out in the sun.) After that, you’ll need to wait for the ferry to get loaded and unloaded. We’re talking a minimum of tour hours waiting in lines. For most people, the wait probably runs around three hours.

That’s a lot of wasted time, probably than the statue is worth unless you’re here for quite a few days or you really, really want to see the statue.

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Forever 21 in Times Square outdraws the Statue of Liberty

Granted, the comparison is rigged because the Statue of Liberty places strict limits on visitor numbers and it closes well before 2 a.m. But even when you account for all of that, Forever 21 may still come out the winner because the numbers aren’t even close.

About 14,000 people visited the statue every day last July, while about 100,000 daily visitors are expected on a typical day at the new Forever 21 on Times Square.

If you are not a 16-year-old girl and do not associate with any 16-year-old girls, you may not know that “Forever 21″ is the name of a clothing store described brilliantly in this post by Cintra Wilson:

Reduced to its essential nature, Forever 21 is an Americanized version of Topshop, the British chain that makes a killing with designer knockoffs. Forever 21 refines this business plan into an even more lethal form of consumer crack: It makes knockoffs of Topshop knockoffs, and sells them even cheaper.

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