The Statue of Liberty, New York

La Liberté éclairant le monde has seen better days, bless her. She’s had her torch replaced after the original failed to impress spectators. She’s had extensive repairs because she was starting to fall to bits. And now, after Hurricane Sandy, she’s had yet more renovation work. But damnit, she’s not going down without a fight!…

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The Empire State Building, New York

Everyone knows what the Empire State Building is. You neither need nor want me to spout a Wikipedia article at you. So let’s cut to the chase here: Yes, it’s super touristy. And for years that put me off. But you know what? It’s actually surprisingly awesome. Why? Well, from up the top, you can…