"Staten Island and back" Staten Island and Staten Island Ferry Tip by King_Golo

  Manhattan and the ferry
by King_Golo

This is probably the one thing that every tourist does in NYC: taking the free ferry to Staten Island to enjoy the view over the river to Downtown Manhattan and New Jersey. Ferries leave at the southernmost point of Manhattan (Whitehall Terminal) next to Battery Park and run every 20 minutes or so. When you are on board make sure to get a good place to look over to the island of Manhattan. The best places are probably on the lowest deck - the view is the same as further up, but there are hardly any people.
The 30-minute cruise takes you to Staten Island, but as there's not really much to see over there, most tourists turn around immediately and leave the terminal only to enter it again a minute later. This is necessary for security reasons - apparently the ferry company thinks one might illegally stay on the ferry...
Usually, the ferry is crowded at all times - in the early hours there are commuters, later in the day, tourists fill the decks. If you are tired of looking out, you can still go inside and sit on some benches there - a thing that definitely makes you look like a local! ;)
Btw, as the ferry passes Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, you can also enjoy a good view on them!

Address: Bay Street Staten Island NY 10301
Directions: next to Battery Park at the southernmost tip of Manhattan
Phone: 718-727-2508
Website: http://www.siferry.com

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 17, 2007
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