Statue of Liberty: A makeover of Lady Liberty will come with five webcams attached to the torch. The web cams go live Friday during ceremonies marking the Statue of Liberty's 125th anniversary.
From computers afar, viewers will be able to watch live video streams of traffic, boats and airplanes in high-resolution panoramic images showing the Manhattan skyline, the city's borough of Brooklyn and neighboring New Jersey.
"For people who don't come to the Statue of Liberty, it will be a whole new opportunity for them to see the statue, what's around it and how it fits into the whole cityscape," Stephen Briganti, president of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, said in an interview on Tuesday.
Officials closed the torch to the public in 1916 during World War One, following an explosion at a nearby munitions depot, blamed on German saboteurs, that damaged the statue.
Since then, the sweeping views have been seen only by a handful of people involved in the statue's maintenance.