If you’re a New Yorker and think taking the Ferry is the only free activity this borough offers, shame on you. Every year, the Staten Island ferry serves 19 million passengers, it also operates 24/7.
Person 1: Hi, I’m from Williamsburg. Where are you from?
Person 2: Ah, that’s got to be the nicest neighborhood in Brooklyn. I’m from Staten Island.
Person 1: Uh, where?
Person 2: Staten Island.
Person 1: Is that like Long Island?
Very common scenario.
Being the only detached borough among the five (along Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan), Staten Island is aptly (for lack of a better term) labeled “the forgotten borough.”
Oh, wait. You didn’t know New York City is beyond Manhattan? Think again.
Of the five, Staten Island has the most suburban feel. To get here, you need either a car or a Metrocard. The island is connected to Brooklyn via the Verrazano Bridge and to Manhattan via the tourist-popular Staten Island Ferry.
The boat, which is hard to miss (thanks to its bright orange paint), carries over 19 million passengers annually on about a 5-mile run that takes about half an hour from one borough to another.
The trip gives passengers a nice view of Lady Liberty and lower Manhattan. Besides that, other perks include cheap beer (and several choices too!) and relaxing environment suitable for a quick nap or a good read.
But the cherry on top has to be the fact that it’s free. And operates 24/7.