A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from January 06, 2017
“The Statue of Liberty has been trying to hail a taxi for years!”

New York City’s Statue of Liberty has one arm raised that holds a torch. The original name for the statue is “Liberty Enlightening the World.”

But what if the statue had been simply trying to hail a taxi for all of these years? A New Yorker cartoon by Hugh Brown states:

“Welcome to New York. She’s (Statue of Liberty—ed.) been trying to hail a cab for decades.”

The joke has been made several times on Twitter.


Wikipedia: Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World; French: La Liberté éclairant le monde) is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City, in the United States. The copper statue, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, a French sculptor, was built by Gustave Eiffel and dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was a gift to the United States from the people of France. The statue is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue is an icon of freedom and of the United States, and was a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad.

CartoonStock
‘Welcome to New York. She’s been trying to hail a cab for decades.’
Cartoonist: Brown, Hugh Search ID: hbrn792 High-Res: 2550 x 2850 px

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12/6/01
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a card depicting the Statue of Liberty trying to hail a taxi after shopping at Bloomingdales.

Twitter
Dice
‏@DiceProductions
The Statue of Liberty has been trying to hail a cab back to Manhattan unsuccessfully since its hen night in 1886 #factoflife
7:47 AM - 28 Apr 2009

Twitter
Kevin Townley
‏@KevinTownleyJr
To most the Statue of Liberty seems a welcoming beacon, but we know she’s just trying to hail a cab out of town.
10:29 PM - 27 Dec 2009

Twitter
Thomas Hutchings
‏@HutchingsThomas
All this time I thought the Statue of Liberty was holding up the Torch of Liberty, but it turns out she’s just trying to hail a cab. #wakeup
5:25 PM - 3 May 2012

Twitter
Sleazus Christ
‏@uptownlordevans
The Statue of Liberty been trying to hail a cab for 126 years #thatshitscray
2:36 PM - 11 May 2012

Twitter
Nover
‏@YoungNobler
The modern equivalent of the Statue of Liberty is a girl texting while trying to hail a cab.
11:15 PM - 17 May 2014

Twitter
Mark L
‏@FictionalGamer
What if the statue of liberty was just trying to hail a cab all this time..
2:17 PM - 17 Jan 2016

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTransportation • Friday, January 06, 2017 • Permalink