One man’s commute is another man’s spectacular ride. This ferry has a lot of things going for it: not only does it shuttle many of Staten Island’s residents to and from Lower Manhattan on a daily basis but the nearly 30-minute ride runs 24/7 and, best of all, is completely free. Some 22 million passengers use the ferry every year (including 50,000 New York marathoners who use it to get to the Staten Island starting line). Ride it just before sunset and you’ll be rewarded with the best views of the Statue of Liberty, Governors Island, Brooklyn Bridge and the city skyline (and the knowledge that you didn’t pay for an overpriced boat tour elsewhere). Once there, check out one of the Staten Island Yankees minor-league baseball games or simply catch the next ferry back to the city.
The Financial District, located at the southern tip of Manhattan, is a busy hub full of bankers and Wall Streeters, the New York Stock Exchange, the famous Charging Bull statue and, now, One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the USA.
Staten Island Ferry | 4 South Street