Tuesday, March 17, 2009

NYC09: New York's Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry is one of the best free things to do in New York City. There are few things better than a free boat trip, but one of those things would be a free boat trip that includes a look at the breathtaking New York City skyline, as well as the Statue of Liberty.

While this trip is best undertaken on a warm day – it should not be skipped regardless of the temperature.

Tips for Making the Most of the Ferry:
1. In the ferry terminal, crowd to the front of the doors that will be opening next (there are ferry doors 1 and 2. Bunch up to the front of the one with the most people. Locals, especially commuters, know where to be.

2. When the door opens, do your best imitation of an Olympic marathon walker and head onto the boat. Once on board, keep walking. Walk all the way down the corridor. Do not be swayed by the restaurant / snack bar. There will be time for that later. Walk until you are about to walk into the ocean. Then - stop.

3. If you are on an orange / green boat yo will be outside, on the weather deck (if you're on he white boat – this deck does not exist.) From Manhattan to Staten Island stand on the right side; from Staten Island to Manhattan stand on the left. This will allow you the best views of Lady Liberty as you pass.

4. Once you arrive, you will have to get off the boat. Don't worry, you can head right back on board, through the terminal. Be sure to take pictures both ways. You probably won't be able to resist shooting on the way to Staten Island, but the views of the Statue of Liberty against the City Skyline, accessible only on route to Manhattan, are not to be missed.

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