Wednesday, August 04, 2004

(Spiritually Speaking) The Statue of Liberty Is Part of New Jersey

I have seen news reports that describe the Statue of Liberty as lying at the "foot of Manhattan." This way of talking amounts to literary license (or, possibly, license of a legal sort). The Statue of Liberty lies much closer to Jersey City than to Manhattan. This is a fact known to me (once) by autoptic proference ("the thing shows itself" -- a la John Henry Wigmore). Q.E.D. [But I do wear eyeglasses.]

I must acknowledge the existence of dissenting opinion. For example: "Some people ... believe that the the [Statue of Liberty] is [in] New Jersey, not New York. This is an urban myth. While Liberty Island is geographically closer to New Jersey than New York, it is part of the Empire State ..."

Bah, humbug! Propaganda of Empire (State)! See map at

Against Manhattan's and New York State's imperialistic territorial pretensions, rise Jersey City and New Jersey!

Jersey City factoid: In the year 2000, 34% of the population of Jersey City was either naturalized or non-naturalized foreign born. See The huddled masses come to Jersey City. They can't afford Manhattan.

  • In the year 2000, 29.4% of Manhattan's population was foreign born. See Q.E.D. -- again!
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