Statue of Liberty closed Saturday as government begins shutdown over spending deadlock

Tourists were met with disappointment Saturday as they arrived in New York City to find the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island were closed as part of the government shutdown.

“If they knew it was being shut down, they should have told us,” Amparo Mendez, 17, told Reuters news.

Mendez, an Argentine exchange student, and a friend bought tickets online last week to see the statue and Ellis Island. The two were standing together near Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan when they...

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