Monday, August 29, 2016

Troll at the Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty stands on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City. The statue was designed by Frederic Bartholdi and was built by Gustave Eiffel. Dedicated on October 28, 1886, it was a gift to the United States from the people of France.

Monet Troll visited the statue and found the following facts:
  • Total overall height from the base of the pedestal foundation to the tip of the torch is 305 feet, 6 inches
  • The height from her heel to the top of her head is 111 feet, 6 inches
  • She has a 35-foot waistline
  • Her weight is 450,000 pounds
  • There are seven rays on her crown, one for each of the seven continents, each measuring about 9 feet in length and weighing 150 pounds
  • Her face measures more than 8 feet tall
  • The tablet held in her left hand measures 23' 7" tall and 13' 7" wide inscribed with the date JULY IV MDCCLXXVI (July 4, 1776)
  • At the feet of the statue lie broken shackles of oppression and tyranny
  • There are 154 steps from the pedestal to the head of the statue
  • Her exterior copper covering is only 3/32 of an inch thick and the light green color is the result of natural weathering of the copper.

Thanks for the report, Monet!

On the pier on Liberty Island.


Monday, August 8, 2016

FAO Schwartz 5th Ave.

FAO Schwarz was founded in 1862 and over the years, became known around the world for its unique high-end toys and life-sized stuffed animals. It's most famous store on Fifth Avenue in New York City became a popular tourist destination. The store is also well known for many major movie scenes which have been filmed inside and outside the store. Its famous floor piano gained iconic status when a scene in Tom Hank's 1988 movie "Big" featured Hanks and Robert Loggia dancing "Heart and Soul" and "Chopsticks" on it.

Unfortunately, the store became a victim of rising rental rates and the costs of running the business in New York City's hottest shopping district. It was closed July 15, 2015, but shortly before it closed, Monet Troll was able to visit. It was a trip to remember as these pictures are some of the last taken in the store.

LEGO Trooper

Yes, Monet is in there.