For 32 years, a human-scale Statue of Liberty has lifted her halogen lamp atop the two-story American Pipe & Tank Lining Co., on West 35th Street. Now, the small-scale Mother of Exiles is observing its final autumn in Manhattan, a half-block from the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The 102-year-old family firm will relocate — under duress — to make way for the Hudson Yards real-estate development. "The city seized our property under eminent domain," said company president Richard Silver, from an office crammed with fishing-trip photos, golf clubs and industry citations. George Shea, a spokesman for the Hudson Yards Development Corp., said the building will ultimately be demolished. American Pipe has been there for 38 years. But Lady Liberty will be salvaged. Silver, 69, intends to bring his "favorite lady" to his company's new Long Island City headquarters.
This Statue of Liberty is about to get exiled