|East 61 street. Statue of Liberty|
There is one copy that stands near the building at East 61 that almost nobody know about.
The story began in 1920s when Max Stern emigrated from Weimar Germany to the U.S. His textile business became unprofitable and Max decided to go to U.S. In order to earn money he brought 2,100 canaries from Germany to sell on the U.S. market. Next thirty years Max had been selling caged birds, bird cages and other pet bird supplies to U.S. through Woolworth's stores. Stern named his family business Hartz Mountain Corporation (HMC) after the Harz Mountains of Germany.
Later Max became the vice-chairman of the board of trustees of Yeshiva University for whom its Stern College for Women was named.
His son Leonard initial wealth was inherited from his father who died in 1982. Leonard Stern is listed by Forbes magazine as a billionaire and New York University's business school is named after him. In 2011 Leonard has acquired a rare 9-foot-tall scale-model replica of the Statue of Liberty.
|Musée des Arts et Métiers|
For more than 100 years, the original Statue of Liberty plaster sculpture could not be reproduced for fear that it would be damaged in the process. A new digital imaging process was developed without damaging the original. The statue was recast using the classic lost wax method. Leonard Stern, the owner of the replica, says it's the only model in in the United States. Only 12 bronzes are being made. The other bronze copy the on view in the Musée des Arts et Métiers,
This replica cost more than $1M US, and was installed in New York in October 2011.