had to lay off 110 employees, until the state stepped in to help. “It is heartening to know that when Washington, D.C., fails to deliver to Americans, and there is no end to the gridlock in sight, we have a state that we can rely on to step up to the plate and take over critical responsibilities,” Hill said. “Today, with the leadership of Governor Cuomo, we opened our doors again today and welcomed back our employees.” Cuomo said the state stepped in not just for economic reasons, but also for symbolic reasons. “The Statue of Liberty is more than just a tourism destination, more than just a creator of economy, a creator of jobs; it is probably the most profound symbol for freedom and democracy, certainly in this country, but possibly around the world,” he said. Tourists were happy to hear the announcement of the reopening and began lining up to visit the New York City landmark. “We would have been disappointed. We probably would have taken the Staten Island ferry or a Circle Line Cruise to at least go near the island to get a picture, but I’ve done that before, and it’s just so much better to be on the island. It’s a really neat experience,” said Stacy Kratt, who was visiting New York City. Like New York, Arizona and South Dakota struck similar deals to reopen the Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore, respectively. All national monuments and parks were closed when Congress failed to approve spending for the fiscal year. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees who maintain and secure the facilities were furloughed.
New York Comic Con
Get your pre-game on in the leather-couched upstairs lounge with refreshing cocktails like the Cove Martini, a smooth blend of Van Gogh Peach Vodka, fresh lemon juice, mint leaves, and Prosecco that even the most vodka-phobic will enjoy sipping. The food, which Bobby Flay helped to create on the Food Network’s “3 Days to Open,” is the antithesis of “bar food” including creamy Blue Crab & Grits, Spiced Fries, and Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese. When you’re ready to amp up the night, head downstairs to the lounge, where you’ll dance the night away with Harlem’s hip and sexy set. 325 Lenox Ave. coveloungenyc.com. 212.665.3455 Murray’s Cheese Bar (West Village) New York is known for many things, but cheese isn’t one of them. This, however, hasn’t stopped the success of the renowned Murray’s Cheese Shop. Now, owners of the decades old fromagerie are offering customers a cheesier experience just a few doors down. When you’re done stocking up on Gruyere, take a stroll to the Cheese Bar. The simple sit-down eatery offers the same bountiful supply of cheese from around the globe served up in any way you can imagine. Dip it, fry it, spread it ’round – or pair it with any of the over 200 craft beers available at the bar. 264 Bleecker St.
I go, What is he doing? Stay away from Scott Snyder unless youve already purchased the book. The writer, whos also working on Superman Unchained and co-created American Vampire, was unveiling some goings-on from next months Batman No. 25, part of the earnest, enthusiastic teams Zero Year  NYCC: Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen covers new Hero Complexmagazine The Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen takes the spotlight on the cover of the latest issue of the Hero Complex print magazine, available now. The lead story in the issue takes a look at the new wave of empowered young women in genre films not just Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence, who returns to the arena in Novembers anticipated sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but also Divergents Shailene Woodley and Enders Game actress Hailee Steinfeld. The issue also features new interviews with Carrie star Chloe Grace Moretz, discussing her take on the Stephen King-inspired horror classic, helmed by indie film icon Kimberly Peirce (Boys Dont Cry) and Evangeline Lilly describing her role in Peter Jacksons second installment in his planned J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, due in December. We also caught up with fan  NYCC 2013: X-Men panel announces Jean Grey trial, new X-Factor,more [Updated 6:30 a.m. PDT Oct. 12 with art of All-New Marvel Now announcements.] Marvel kicked off a weekend of teased-for-weeks announcements Friday morning at its Amazing X-Men and the Marvel Universe panel at New York Comic Con with several reveals, including an interstellar trial for the young Jean Grey and a new X-Factor title for longtime writer Peter David. The teenage Jean Grey, recently brought into the present, will be taken from Earth by the Shiar to stand trial for the mass-murderous actions of the Phoenix force the unlucky redheads future history is so entwined with, and her fellow young original X-Men and the Guardians of the Galaxy will try to help her. The six-part Trial of Jean Grey crossover begins in January with All New X-Men No. 22, by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Stuart Immonen, and Guardians  NYCC: Manga artists, online fans team up for Wikia writingproject Iconic manga artists teamed up with an online community to take fan fiction to a new level. Throughout September, manga and anime legendsTakashi Okazaki(Afro Samurai), Masao Maruyama(Trigun),Hiro Ikegami(Space Battleship Yamato 2199),YoshitakaAmano(Vampire Hunter D),KazuoKoike(Lone Wolf and Cub) andShin-ichiHiromoto(Hells Angels) teamed up with the Wikiacommunity for a collaborative writing project dubbed the Masters of Animanga.
Oscar Race Begins at New York Film Festival
Hanks again delivers a brutal, and in the case of the last 10 minutes, emotionally naked performance that may be his best since 2000s Cast Away. Tom Hanks, Captain of the Filmmaking Racket. Watch video here. For intellectual and sometimes pseudo-intellectual indie fare, the NYFF never disappoints, and this year features some of the bigger smaller names. A crop of Oscar darlings and hotly-anticipated smaller films are making their U.S. debuts in New York. Video artist turned big screen director Steve McQueen is back at the fest with his third feature, 12 Years a Slave, which generated near-deafening Oscar buzz at this years Toronto Film Festival, and in New York alike. Alexander Payne (The Descendants, Sideways) returns too, with a fresh take on Midwestern malaise with Nebraska. Oscar-heavyweights the Coen Brothers offered their year-end delight, the 1960s New York-set Inside Llewyn Davis. The film takes a melancholy, woeful look at the folk scene in Greenwich Village in the 1960s, and is already generating buzz as an Oscar favorite. Ben Stiller has also returned to the directors chair with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, an uneven but visually dazzling interpretation of the 1939 short story by James Thurber. And Mr. Redford himself turned up in All Is Lost, as a resourceful sailor lost at sea. Though it is not slated to be released until early 2014, the latest from near-legendary indie director Jim Jarmusch proves to be an unexpected highlight of this years crop of films at the fest. Only Lovers Left Alive, a vampire love story debuting in New York 29 years after his first feature Stranger Than Paradise played the festival, takes an unexpectedly tender stab at the vampire genre. Set alternately in Detroit and Tangiers, Jarmusch follows centuries-old and cheekily-named vamps Eve (Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton) and Adam (The Avengers Tom Hiddleston) as they reconnect and attempt to remain civilized as creatures of the night in the 21st century. Swinton never has trouble anchoring a film, but its the light touches of humor and specific details of living for hundreds of years that sells Jarmuschs take on the genre. Would you end up a snob, if you lived that long?