The Staten Island Ferry is one of the best New York City tourist attractions and locals’ excursions – besides providing necessary public transportation between the boroughs Staten Island and Manhattan.
First of all, the Staten Island Ferry ride is free! It provides fantastic views of Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, New Jersey, the harbor, Governors Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Manhattan Bridge. Especially, on a sweltering hot summer day, the open space of the water and the fresh breeze make you feel even better than the AC on the subway. And last but not least, I believe it to be the cheapest bar of New York City – no matter if you get a Fosters oil can or a bottle of Stella Artois.
Now imagine taking the Staten Island Ferry around sunset, sunrise or under the twinkling stars. Ahhh… it’s always worth a ride!
So of course, I took my cousin Annick and her family on the ferry when we were in New York together during week 274 (after we had walked across the Brooklyn Bridge) and shot a quick video of the views. This video shows first some Staten Island Ferry views on the ride from Manhattan to Staten Island, then from Staten Island to Manhattan – giving you an overview of the whole round trip.
The ferry runs 24/7 on the hour or half hour (depending on the time of day or night). The journey across takes about 25 minutes. Since 9/11 you can’t stay on the ferry for the return trip. You have to get off one boat and then onto the next boat.
The song in the video is called “Walk In The Park” and was written and performed by Jason Shaw of Audionautix. He has made this and many great songs available via a CC BY 3.0 license. Thank you very much, Jason!