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Ride the Staten Island ferry - fun AND free!
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Riding the Staten Island ferry is one of my absolute favourite things to do in New York - and in a city that can be painful on the pocket, it has the added benefit of being absolutely free!
Staten Island is one of the five boroughs of New York City, and the ferry provides the quickest and most convenient way of travelling between Staten and Manhattan islands. It carries a whopping 20 million passengers a year (the vast majority of whom are commuters), and anyone who has ever seen the quintessential 80s movie "Working Girl" will recall big-haired Melanie Griffith and Joan Cusack using it to travel to and from work in various states of elation and despondency.
The ferry operates a 24 hour service, with departures once every half hour in the evenings and as frequently as every 15 minutes in peak period (see the website below for detailed schedules). The 5 mile trip between St George on Staten Island and the Whitehall Street terminus in lower Manhattan takes 25 minutes and offers fantastic views of Manhattan, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty en route.
If you're hard up and/or only have a short time to spend in New York, taking the Staten Island ferry is an excellent alternative to taking one of the relatively expensive boat trips out to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Just bear in mind that it doesn't stop at either of these sites, and that the ferries are designed for mass commuter transportation (rather than relaxed cruising), and you'll have a ball.
And for my fellow 80s children, I defy you not to hum, "Let the River Run" under your breath as you go!
Old Pictures of Staten Island Ferry
Old Pictures inside the Staten Isalnd Ferry going to Staten Island. The ferry is free of charge, though riders must disembark at each terminal and reenter through the terminal building for a round trip. Bicycles may also be taken on the lowest deck of the ferry without charge. In the past, ferries were equipped for vehicle transport, at a charge of $3 per automobile; however, vehicles have not been allowed on the ferry since the September 11, 2001 attacks. A typical weekday schedule involves the use of five boats to transport approximately 70,000 passengers daily (104 daily trips). During the day, between rush hours, boats are regularly fueled and maintenance work is performed. Terminals are cleaned around the clock and routine terminal maintenance is performed on the day shift. On weekends, three boats are used (64 trips each weekend day).Over 33,000 trips are made annually.
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- Sailing and Boating
Old Views of WTC, Statue of Liberty at Ferry
Again old pictures of Riding the Staten Island Ferry with views of the Hudson River and World Trade Center Buildings. This picture brings sadness and reflections on that fateful day. The Staten Island Ferry is run by the City of New York for one pragmatic reason: To transport Staten Islanders to and from Manhattan. Yet, the 5 mile, 25 minute ride also provides a majestic view of New York Harbor and a no-hassle, even romantic, boat ride, for free! One guide book calls it " One of the worlds greatest ( and shortest ) water voyages."From the ferries deck you will have a perfect view of The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. You'll see the skyscrapers and bridges of Lower Manhattan receding as you pull away and coming into focus again as you return
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Free Rides to Staten Island
The Staten Island ferry Terminal is next to Battery Park, where the boat to the Statue of Liberty docks are. The ferry provides a wonderful view of Manhattan and is now free to ride. Besides, travellers there are real newyorkers, instead of tourists.
Bustling New York Harbor at sunset
The photo shows the bustling New York Harbor at sunset, including Statue of Liberty. At the horizon is Staten Island. It was taken from Brooklyn Bridge. To get a more stunning photo I probably need a longer lens.
Very cheap trip
To see the Liberty Statue you have 2 options: either paying 13 $ for a ship trip to Ellys Island or ... going for free to Staten Island! It was Major Gulliani who did it!
I took the pic from the ship: beautiful view of Lowe Manhattan.
Staten Island Ferry
This is a ferry mostly used by commuters. It is free! It offers fine views on the skyline, Liberty Island and the areas around Manhattan. It passes really close to the statue of liberty so it can safe you a lot of money if you don't absolutely positively want to climb the statue. Also don't be surprised to see ocean liners pass you. It makes a nice cheap cruise. To go to Staten Island and back takes approximatly one hour. Look for the terminal next to the tourist boats.
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Staten Island Ferry
Best view of Lady Liberty is from the Staten Island Ferry at sundown. Best part, the ferry is free.
I took about a dozen pictures to and from- all came out spectacular. In fact I even won in an amature photo contest, everyone was amazed I took it with my 10 year old point and click.
A nice relaxing ride to put a break in the hectic day of museum hunting.
Many visitors to New York ride the (free!) Staten Island ferry just to get some views of the harbour and the Statue of Liberty, and then turn around as soon as they've stepped off at the port. It's a shame, because the island is a nice contrast to the urban crush of Manhattan in particular, with quieter roads and a more relaxed pace.
It also plays host to several excellent museums as well as the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, a collection of buildings now used for art exhibitions and by emerging artists, but once was a retirement home for sailors (we don't know where they go now!). The Center has an extensive summer program, including regular performances by luminaries of the New York musical scene (such as the NY Philarmonic). When we visited, a new exhibition was being launched, and we were invited to partake of the wine and cheese, which probably accounts for our very happy memories of the afternoon's explorations.
Beyond the buildings, there are extensive gardens, including a rose garden.
The Staten Island Ferry
Take the Ferry which goes from Battery Park to Staten Island. The departure is at any 20 or 30 mn.
You will see the Statue of Liberty (closed when we were there) and Ellis Island.
And it is free.
1 hour for the round trip.
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Here's a fun one. Rent a bike...
Here's a fun one. Rent a bike from the place I mentioned in the 'travel' section and drive over to the Hudson River. From there you can take the bike path along the river all the way down to the Southern tip of the island. The views are beautiful. Also, you can then take your bike on the Staten Island Ferry. ITS FREE. The ferry ride is a beautiful way to see the harbor (and i say again it's FREE).
If your looking for a beer with the locals try Armstrong's on the corner of 10 Avenue and 57 Street. Its quiet, they serve food and there is usually a guy in the corner playing jazz licks on an electric guitar with the volume down low.
When people hear the words...
When people hear the words 'New York City,' they picture Manhattan. However, the majority of New Yorkers live in the other 4 boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island. Each borough has its own unique qualities and reasons to visit. So do yourself a favor and see a bit more of the city than just one island. It's the only way to really understand the entire city.
Take the ferry to Staten...
Take the ferry to Staten Island. It'll give you a great view of downtown Manhattan as well as the Statue of Liberty. Have a walk around on Staten Island and let the small town atmosphere so close to the metropole amaze you.
Most tourists take the ferry...
Most tourists take the ferry to Liberty Island to capture the Manhattan skyline. If you have no intention to go to Liberty Island or Ellis Island, I suggest take the Staten Island ferry. I think it would cost you only a quarter. But bear in mind, Staten Island ferry is a public transportation for New Yorkers to Staten Island, one of the 5 boroughs of NYC.
There are some great things to...
There are some great things to do in the 'outer boroughs'. The Staten Island Ferry, which is free thanks to the Mayor, is a great ride. In the Bronx, a Yankee game is always fun, also a visit to Wave Hill park above the Hudson would have most people not believing they are in the Bronx. Of course the Zoo as well.
In Brooklyn, the Botanical Gardens are beautiful, especially in the Spring for cherry blossoms. And a walk on the Promenade finished off with a pizza at Patsy's under the bridge or a full meal at the River Cafe is great.
Queens is tough.
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