The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the French people to the American people. Designed by renowned French sculptor Frederic Barthdoldi, the Statue was shipped to the United States in 221 crates to be reassembled here.
The "reconstruction" of Lady Liberty began in May of 1986. The official unveiling on October 28, 1986 was declared a public holiday. Wall St. was the only area of the city working that day. As upwards of 20,000 people passed by in celebration, the office boys from hundreds of windows above spontaneously began to unreel spools of tape from the ticker machines and throw them on the marchers. And so the famous New York ticker-tape parade was born.