It’s one of the few things in NYC that’s entirely free. Except its refreshments.
I rode the Staten Island Ferry with my other half Yvonne and her good friend Cameron on the Staten Island Ferry, watching as Manhattan came into view, then faded behind us. Gulls flapped by and
From inside the city, it may seem crammed together, and unclear as to where what you’re seeing fits into anything larger.
From the harbor you can really see it as a whole.
I’m not seasoned enough to know how many of the faces of different ages, costumes and races and even language speakers aboard were locals as compared to tourists, although plenty of them on the deck seemed interested in a lot of what was there.
Cameron pointed out certain details of Manhattan, Jersey City, Staten Island and various ships as we went by.
Probably for tourists, though, the ferry may be notable as a free way to see the most famous landmark in the area, a certain French statue. Cameron mentioned his great grandfather passing by it. And now we see it perhaps as it was meant to be seen, passing by it. I will warn you though, cell phones aren’t the best way to photograph it in the evening.