Do any people live on Liberty Island?

No. Mr. David Luchsinger, former superintendent at the Liberty Island was officially the last resident of Liberty Island.

People have lived on Liberty Island for at least 200 years, first when it was a military reservation, and later, to care for Lady Liberty herself. In recent years, the statue’s neighbors have dwindled from a bundle of families to just two people: David Luchsinger, the superintendent, and his wife, Debbie.

But Mr. Luchsinger has decided to retire at the end of 2013, and his Liberty Island home, which was shredded during Hurricane Sandy, will not be rebuilt. So when Mr. Luchsinger says goodbye, this era will fully come to a close.

The few who have lived on the island — which, as a national park, has been closed by the federal government shutdown — frequently describe the experience as rare and even magical, like a hidden dimension of New York City very few get to see. Read more at

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