Strictly speaking, this isn’t Manhattan. But we got on a Hop-On-Hop-Off ferry cruise at Pier 11 near Wall Street in Manhattan and got off the ferry cruise near West 38th Street in Manhattan, so I’m calling it Manhattan. (There was no hopping or plopping off anywhere except the termini.)
The only way to get to Liberty Island (formerly Bedloe’s Island) is by using the Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island Ferry system. Private vessels are not allowed to dock at Liberty and Ellis Islands. We cruised by and had a lovely view of all the tourists waiting in line.
Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi was the sculptor of Liberty Enlightening the World (the original name) which was built by Gustave Eiffel. (He of the tower.) It was a gift to the United States from the people of France and dedicated on October 28, 1886. So it will be 130 this year.