Liberty Island. As Miss Liberty spotted us again after so many years, her face turned a slightly darker shade of green. The interior of the Statue of Liberty had been constructed by Gustave Eiffel. Ever since it was unveiled in 1886 in New York harbor, it has been a symbol for freedom. Emma Lazarus' poem that is engraved in a bronze plate in the pedestal of the statue states it all: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..." Breathtaking for sure is also the view at and from the Empire State Building, landmark of New York City, epitome of a skyscraper, and with 1,454 ft (443 m) the tallest building of the world from 1931 to 1972.