"The Beautiful View from the Ferry" Staten Island and Staten Island Ferry Tip by postcardsfromnewyork
Staten Island and Staten Island Ferry, New York City: 89 reviews and 155 photos
On the rare occasions when I take the time to make the trip, I wonder once more, why I don't do this more often. It's only a half hour ride each way; an hour round-trip. Yet time is always the issue. It is the recurring New York "problem," too many things to do and too little time.
No inside seat for me, I remain on deck the entire voyage, speechless while I suck in the serenity of the almost cloudless azure blue sky and gently rippling waves dappled with sunlight. The view of the skyscrapers that crowd the shore near Battery Park and the Statue of Liberty is truly thrilling. Never quite prepared, but always anxious for the moment when I cross over to the opposite deck and my eyes are caught, arrested might better describe it, by the sublime beauty and graceful line of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. It never fails to take my breath away.
Yes, the Golden Gate, London Bridge, and Brooklyn Bridge are magnificent engineering achievements, but they cannot compare with the Verrazano's compelling elegance.
Standing at the mouth of Upper and Lower New York Bay it overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Its long lilting cables and slender towers painted in "battleship gray,? make it appear to melt into the skyline and become a natural part of the landscape rather than something man-made.
Experience the Verrazano's majestic beauty and enjoy the waters refreshing cool during this heat spell. The Staten Island ferry departs almost every half hour every day from Whitehall Terminal. And, I'm surprised most people don't know this, it is free!
Best time to avoid the crowds, early Sunday morning, the ferries almost empty. Once on Staten Island, don't rush back; There's lots to explore, like the Staten Island Botanical Garden, with its Chinese Scholars Garden, the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Alice Austen House and the Garibaldi Meucci Museum.
Address: trains N, R, Q & W to Whitehall St.
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