Staten Island and Staten Island Ferry, New York City

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    Ferry ride

    by rosie_b Written Jun 3, 2005

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    This is a great way to get a sense of New York City, if you don't have time to go to the statue of Liberty or the Ellis Island. I took the Staten Island ferry just for taking pictures of the surrounding area as well as a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island. I didn't have to do anything else, just sit down, or walk around taking pictures while the ferry cruised to the Staten Island. If you want, you can also go to the Staten Island and go around there, but since I didn't know anybody there, I just stayed in the ferry. But I think it was well worth the trip because I took some great and memorable pictures while I was on the ferry.

    The view from the ferry pre 9/11
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    Ferry to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty

    by smschley Updated Mar 5, 2005

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    To make your visit to the Statue of Liberty, you will need to go to Castle Clinton in Battery Park, at the lowest point in Manhattan (use the Bowling Green subway stop). There, you can buy a ticket, the ferry leaves from Battery Park every half hour for Liberty Island first and Ellis Island last. I recommend getting there as early as possible to avoid long lines. Check out the Ferry web site for the schedule and cost. The trip is a 5 mile, 25 minute ride and gives a great view of the New York Harbor

    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. The only bad part is looking into the water. It’s amazing how filthy the bay is. It’s hard not to look at the water anywhere during the trip and not see floating plastic, bags or worse.

    Note that you can buy ferry tickets in advance via, which will allow you to board the boat without standing in the sometimes-long ticket line; however, there is an additional service charge attached. Even if you've already purchased tickets, arrive as much as 30 minutes before your desired ferry time to allow for increased security procedures prior to boarding the ferry. The ferry ride takes about 20 minutes.

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    The quickest, cheapest way to view New York

    by Tom_Fields Written Mar 1, 2005

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    If your time is as limited as mine was, and money is tight, take the Staten Island Ferry. Not to see Staten Island, but to take in New York's fabled skyline. This is my first choice of things to do in New York.

    The Staten Island Ferry approaches the pier The ferry passes the Statue of Liberty
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  • Free Sightseeing Tour

    by Kris07079 Written Feb 23, 2005

    The number one recommendation I have for friends or family visiting is to take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. It's free and it offers a great view of lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Statue of Liberty. And it's FREE!

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    Ride the Staten Island Ferry

    by Gage17 Written Jan 25, 2005

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    The Staten Island Ferry is another MUST when in New York. And the best part... aside from the views and the cool air of the harbor is... it's FREE!! Although some who use it are tourists, most are commuters to Staten Island, and it's hard to believe that even they are out there enjoying the views. It's a terrific way to see the city from a different perspective.

    Free and a View: The Staten Island Ferry

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    A free ferry ride to Staten Island? Grab this...

    by RinaNeo Written Dec 14, 2004

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    Hoping on board a ferry to Staten island... is something u don't want to miss especially if the ride is absolutely FOC !!! Staten island transportation and sightseeing treasures is actually the municipal service since 1905, and meant for commuter route between Staten Island and lower Manhattan. The ferry ride covers a glorious, 5.2-mile, 20-minute mini-cruise with great views of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor, and lower Manhattan….at no cost...

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    St. George Ferry Terminal,
    Staten Island, New York 10301

    Route Information
    Departs the St. George Ferry Terminal at Richmond Terrace, Staten Island.
    Arrives at the Whitehall Terminal at Whitehall St. and South St., in Lower Manhattan.

    ATTN: People with disabilities should use the upper level. Elevator available at the Whitehall Terminal

    Arrival and departure times are subject to change. Because of security concerns, there are no vehicles allowed on the ferry until further notice. For updates, call 311. A piece of advise, the terminal is really packed on weekends so u might want to schedules ur ride on weekdays if possible.

    How to get to the terminal??
    Public Transportation Connections
    The Staten Island Terminal is served by the Staten Island Railway and the S40, S42, S44, S46, S48, S51, S52, S61, S62, S66, S67, S74, S76, S78, S90, S91, S92, S94, S96 and S98 bus routes.
    Passengers arriving at the Whitehall Terminal are within a short walking distance from the 1, 9, 4, 5, N, R subway lines as well as the M1, M6 and M15 bus lines.

    lower manhattan taken on board ferry
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    Staten Island Ferry

    by Weener Written Dec 12, 2004

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    If you take this free ferry, which leaves New York every half hour, to Staten Island, it takes you in good proximity to the Statue of Liberty, with a zoom lens you get some good pictures.

    Best of all, its completely free!

    We took a ferry out and the next one straight back again.

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    State Island Ferry

    by Rishin_P Written Nov 16, 2004

    The Staten Island ferry is a great way to get close to the Statue of Liberty without having to pay.

    All you have to do is get onto the ferry at Battery Park, get yourself a seat (maybe grab a hot dog!!) and enjoy the views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan.

    View from Staten Island Ferry
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  • Best free NY entertainment

    by chriswilkes Written Sep 27, 2004

    Skip the Circle Line tour and opt instead for a quick jaunt on the Staten Island Ferry. One of the best attractions in the city is completely free.

    The 30 minute trip (each way) provides a fantastic views of the lower manhattan skyline, the brooklyn bridge and the Statue of Liberty.

    Grab a lunch to-go at a nearby shop and enjoy on board for a relaxing mid-day break.

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    Cheap way to see manhattan skyline

    by VZ-Pam Written Sep 5, 2004

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    Take the Staten Island Ferry from Whitehall St. in Manhattan by taking N, R, or W train. Its a cheap ride under a dollar but you can see the beautiful skyline of Manhattan. Nothing much to see in staten Island but its definitely worth to take a round trip with this ferry !!
    That ferry is on a 30 minute interval.

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    Ferry tour

    by davidlop Written Aug 24, 2004

    This is a great tour to see the South Manhattan landscape, the Liberty Statue, Ellis Island... all without paying a penny! Since Giuliani, this ferry service is free (before, it was 50 cents, so still worthy), and takes you for about an hour to go and back. A nice time break while visiting downtown, so you can focus your sights a little far away after the narrow streets and skywrappers!

    Downtown Manhattan

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    Free Yipee

    by aqazi Written Jun 27, 2004

    Everyone who ever comes to NYC probably rides on the Staten Island Ferry. It's probably the only decent thing that's free in the whole town and you do get an impressive view of the skyline and the harbour area. This is definatley better than paying to go on one of those tour boats if you only want to take a few pics.

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    Take the Ferry - a Free Ride!!!

    by weewatty Written Apr 19, 2004

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    You will read in all the guidebooks to take the free trip onboard the Staten Island ferry and you should really try and do so, firstly it lets you get as near to the Statue of Liberty as i believe is required and also gives you a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline.

    I would advise that you make your way to the opposite end of the ferry you board from quite sharpish in order to get a good vantage point in the open air deck. This area became a bitty crowded as the ferry filled up but we had managed to park ourselves in prime position.

    You pass closer to the statue of Liberty on the return journey from Staten Island to Manhattan. We did not hang about for anytime in Staten Island so i could not say wether it would be worth a look around, we decided just to hop right back on the next departing ferry.

    We actaully arrived in New York the same week that the Staten Island Ferry crashed into the pier at the Staten Island end, when unfortuantely there were a number of casualties.

    Downtown from the Ferry.
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    The Staten Island Ferry

    by transatlantic Written Mar 31, 2004

    A return trip on the Staten Island Ferry is a must and is an ideal way to start any trip to NYC. I strongly recommend taking both a day and a night trip on the ferry, it's really worth it!

    The ferry is frequent throughout most of the day and completely free of charge. There are both indoor and outdoor seating areas. Of course as a tourist you'll want to be outside with a camera whatever the weather!

    Manhattan as seen from the Staten Island Ferry

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  • See Lady Liberty and all of Manhattan from afar

    by lovenewyawk Written Mar 29, 2004

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    Take the Staten island ferry at night for a gorgeous view of Manhattan and lady liberty.

    The staten island ferry is free!!!!!!

    Take the 1 downtown to south ferry and make sure your are in one the first five cars.

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