It was a gift from the people of France to the United States in 1886, and has become an icon of freedom and democracy. The robed figure represents the Roman goddess Libertas – she holds a torch in one hand and a tablet inscribed with the date of America’s Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776) in the other, and broken chains lie at her feet. She stands 305 ft (93 m) tall, and weighs 450,000 lbs (225 tons).
The only way to reach the Statue of Liberty is by boat, but you can ride Citi Bike to pick up the Statue Cruises ferry, which leaves from Battery Park. It's a short walk to the ferry dock from the Little West St & 1st Place station or the Bus Slip & State St station.