Lady Liberty's torch, a universal beacon of hope. I don't care if it's a tourist nightmare - the Statue of Liberty makes even the most jaded New Yorker feel awe and love for this messy, crazy, frenetic metropolis. Plus, she kicked ass in Ghostbusters 2.
On a plaque at the entrance to the statue’s pedestal is engraved a sonnet called “The New Colossus,” written in 1883 by Jewish poet Emma Lazarus as part of a fundraising contest. Its most famous passage speaks to the statue’s role as a welcoming symbol of freedom and democracy for the millions of immigrants who came to America seeking a new and better life:
“Give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free/The wretched refuse of your teeming shore/Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me/I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”