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    "Boat trip with an amazing view on the skyline of Manhattan for free."(12 Tips)
    Earl D.
    "southern tip of Manhattan and a glimpse of Lady Liberty."(8 Tips)
    Karen T.
    "... of manhattan from the free ferry (leaves from south tip of fidi). choose a..."(8 Tips)
    Jamie D.
    "The best way to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island"(6 Tips)
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  • Alyssa K.
    Alyssa KApril 22, 2013
    Perfect views of the NYC skyline including the Freedom Tower & the Statue of Liberty. If you schedule your departure just right, you can see (& capture) the sunset over the city skyline!
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Photographers! Check out this vintage Documerica photo of the Statan Island Ferry in 1973. Take a photo of what the area looks like today and submit it to our State of the Environment Photo Project. Read more
  • Gena M.
    Gena MSeptember 16, 2014
    When you get to Staten Island, don't get right back on the boat! Stop by SI Arts' Culture Lounge - check out their rotating exhibit space and pick up a locally made gift from their artist market.
  • Brownstone Living NYC
    Brownstone Living NYCNovember 1, 2015
    Great place for a late night date. Both ends are recently renovated w/a 24hr bar that plays music on the Manhattan side & another restaurant on SI side.. Both w/great views. Great for history buffs 2.
  • Fluying
    FluyingOctober 29, 2014
    You don't need to push or make long lines. The ferry is very big with plenty of space for everyone. In every floor there is space for good photos of the Statue of Liberty.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 12, 2014
    One of the best and cheapest things you can do in NYC is take the FREE Staten Island Ferry to the little-visited fifth borough. You pass Governors Island, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Read more
  • Aj S.
    Aj SmithJuly 7, 2013
    Just went on for the first time in 2 years and they have now restricted access to the front of the ferry. Best part was standing out there, great breeze, amazing view. But no more. Very disappointing.
  • DHR.com
    DHR.comSeptember 29, 2011
    A must-do when in NYC. This will give you a great view of the New York skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and the NY Harbour. Runs from Battery Park to Staten Island, and is absolutely free.
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel PorterOctober 7, 2014
    A great way to see the Statue of Liberty without the lines. Avoid peak hour and join the line but don't worry, the ferry holds heaps! Get a seat by a window that opens and enjoy the ride.
  • Neha S.
    Neha SinghalJanuary 12, 2015
    Its a pretty comfortable ferry and taking it after a good walk across NY helps you relax. You get to see the NY skyline and also the statue of liberty from the side decks of this ferry.
  • Clarisel G.
    Clarisel GonzalezJune 30, 2010
    The Staten Island Ferry is one of the best deals in town. You can ride the ferry for free any day and get a beautiful view of the city and Lady Liberty. When you are on Staten Island, explore a little
  • Rob W.
    Rob WMarch 29, 2013
    When leaving from Manhattan Island sit on the right hand side of the boat and the left for the return trip if you want to see the Statue of Liberty. You should really see both sides however
  • Edward G.
    Edward GregoryFebruary 23, 2014
    If you to enjoy a magic movie moment don't ride late night boats. "Noble" & "Austen" are mini ferries with no outdoor viewing decks. You'll just be packed in with tired locals and dirty windows.
  • Sky L.
    Sky LineSeptember 6, 2012
    The Staten Island Ferry (a free 25-minute trip) provides spectacular views of Manhattan. You'll pass by (though not stop at) the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • Kaushal A.
    Kaushal AgrawalSeptember 19, 2012
    The ferry to the staten island is free, so don't spend time looking for ticket counter. The ride offers opportunities for great shots of the statue of liberty and Manhattan downtown. Get your camera!
  • NYC Percent for Art
    NYC Percent for ArtSeptember 27, 2012
    Ever sat on one of the windy rows of granite benches inside the terminal? Those are actually artworks by Ming Fay, called "Whitehall Crossing," inspired by Native American travel by canoe. Read more
  • Rodney G.
    Rodney G.October 9, 2011
    There are outlets on the JFK to plug your phone or laptop, they are by the pillars on the second floor they are covered by rusted caps but they work, if you see me on this boat I'm using one already.
  • DeeJay B.
    DeeJay ButlerMay 12, 2013
    Bro, seriously...get your beer before you get on the ferry. You can get a tall boy at Duane Reade for less than half of what they're charging for them in the terminal now. Also, watch out for tourists
  • US National Archives
    US National ArchivesApril 18, 2011
    While taking in the sights on the Staten Island Ferry, have a look at this 1970s photo of a trash barge headed down the East River from our Documerica Collection. Don't forget to recycle! Read more
  • Simar S.
    Simar SinghOctober 6, 2014
    A great way to see the Statue of Liberty for free. Be on the right side on the upper deck to get a vantage point. Prefer standings if you need to click pictures like me.
  • Chris O.
    Chris OlsonJuly 15, 2011
    for out of towners...ferry is free and every time we went there was plenty of space,even for kids. Runs 24 hours a day. Staff was more frindly than other places we visited as dumb lost tourists.
  • Earl D.
    Earl DaxAugust 22, 2009
    Can't beat a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. Absolutely FREE trip provides sweeping views of the southern tip of Manhattan and a glimpse of Lady Liberty. Hot dog & beer optional.
  • Skelwell
    SkelwellJune 5, 2010
    If you want to avoid the crowds, ride on the side of the boat facing the Verrazano. Anytime of day or night tourists will be crowding the other side to see the Statue of Liberty.
  • Brette C.
    Brette C.June 16, 2011
    A good place to people watch and check out Miss Liberty. A hustle to get onboard - but once on, sit inside below, and grab a sangria or beer for the ride (yes they serve alcohol).
  • Experiences
    ExperiencesAugust 15, 2012
    Guys! It's free, and it's BYOB! Just bring something you can seal up or finish quickly — might not get through a while bottle of vino between Whitehall Terminal and the Isle of Staten ...
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJanuary 27, 2012
    It might be the worst kept secret in NYC – but impress out-of-towners with a ride and enjoy the best views of the Statue of Liberty. The ride is free…the beer is cheap.
  • Alicia L.
    Alicia LuqueSeptember 4, 2011
    Fantastic views of Downtown Manhattan, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty! (24 hrs/day & 365 days/yr. for free) Feel the breeze and enjoy one of the most scenic sunsets ever (front-left side)!
  • Lidia S.
    Lidia SutorminaDecember 31, 2012
    Must do when in NYC. Ferry is free,mind that only the right side (and not the left one) gives you the view over the Statue of Liberty. Very impressive on sunset!
  • Katricia C.
    Katricia CunninghamJuly 13, 2011
    Lived on Staten Island all my life. The ferry operates 24 hrs a day/7 days a week. Great views of the Statue of Liberty and sitting on the lower level is a great way to avoid the tourists.
  • travel42
    travel42August 31, 2011
    The Staten Island Ferry takes about 30 minutes each way and offers excellent views of the city, all bridges and the Statue of Liberty. Best of all: it's free!
  • Michael J.
    Michael JonesDecember 31, 2013
    Use the bottom deck for unobstructed of the Manhatten skyline. Unless you have a zoom lens on your camera, the statue of liberty is quite far away for decent photos
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatJuly 23, 2012
    This is a great alternative for those expensive water taxis and boat tours to enjoy the beautiful skyline of New York City! Check out the great view of the State of Liberty :-))
  • Rodrigo B.
    Rodrigo BarbosaJune 22, 2010
    When riding from Staten Island to Manhattan at the of the day, enjoy the beautiful sunset on the left side of the ferry, preferably in the front. Nice view of the Statue of Liberty.
  • HBO
    HBOFebruary 12, 2013
    Girls happened here. Adam and Ray had a boys-bonding moment when Ray confessed to turning down a threesome and the guys boarded a Staten Island Ferry to return Adam's "break up dog, 'Dog.'"
  • Arul S.
    Arul SundaramSeptember 21, 2009
    The new ferries (new to me: arrived between 2004 - 2005) are fantastic. Plus, there's a bar on board. It's like a free sunset cruise by the Statue of Liberty.
  • Angel A.
    Angel ArroyoJune 23, 2011
    Ferry is not free, it is paid for by Staten Island Residents by extremely high tolls at the Verranzo bridge and cut to horrible services by mta and d.o.t. Staten Islanders pay for your so-called free
  • City of New York
    City of New YorkApril 10, 2013
    NYC Greenmarket: Located at 4 South Street, inside ferry terminal building, Manhattan. Open Tuesdays and Fridays, year-round. 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Timothy B.
    Timothy BorockJuly 17, 2011
    Ferry runs free 24/7. Weekdays after 1230am its one every hour (130, 230, etc.) Til the morning rush again. Weekends and holidays different too!
  • Desmond C.
    Desmond ChowFebruary 2, 2010
    Staten Island is a nice place to ride your bicycle esp along the beaches during the summer time. So bring your bike on the ferry and explore! Read more
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    IWalked Audio ToursAugust 31, 2011
    Services are offered 24 hrs/day & 365 days/yr. Some 70K passengers a day and 21MM annually take advantage of this mode of transportation with an on-time performance of 96%. Read more via our blog. Read more
  • Karen T.
    Karen TengMarch 14, 2009
    Enjoy the view of manhattan from the free ferry (leaves from south tip of fidi). choose a warm balmy night where you'll actually enjoy the cool breeze
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkNovember 2, 2011
    The 25-minute ride offers great views of New York Harbor, Ellis Island and Lady Liberty. Coffee and snacks available for sale on the boat.
  • 99U
    99UApril 22, 2014
    A free, authentic way to see the Statue of Liberty. Best to do at sunset. Ferries run around the clock – every 15-30 min.
  • ThePurplePassport.com
    It’s free, dependable, and offers great views–what’s not to love? If you really want the true NYC experience, take a ride during rush hour and bond with the commuters. Read more
  • Douglas S.
    Douglas SouzaOctober 19, 2014
    To get nice photos of the statue, go upstairs and then to the right side of the ferry. But you can easily change the side through the trip .
  • Joan K.
    Joan KellMarch 9, 2013
    Why is it so impossible for the Ferry deckhands to coordinate with the subway conductors? Having the doors close on 3 dozen or so R passengers at 09:59 pm is not my idea of a great NYC.
  • Katricia C.
    Katricia CunninghamAugust 14, 2011
    On the weekends - at night make sure to make the boat the next one won't arrive till a hour later. Manhattan to Staten Island boat comes every half hour on the hour.
  • David L.
    David LongNovember 15, 2011
    For better views of Liberty, go to the right side of the boat when leaving Manhattan and the left side when leaving Staten Island.
  • Dustin R.
    Dustin RyenNovember 7, 2011
    Going on the ferry is an easier less broing way to take ion the statue of liberty. NY locals I know have all recommended this ferry over the tour.
  • Drew F.
    Drew FreyMarch 14, 2013
    Free way to take a ride through NY Harbor with decent views of the Statue of Liberty without the throngs of tourists on the normal tour boats
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