It had been raining most of the day, but that isn’t stopping you and your cousins from your next destination on your 30 Plus Teams Tour of New York City – the Staten Island Ferry .
Wouldn’t you know it ?
The weather has cleared up for the three of you to go to Lower Manhattan and take the ferry , which is the cheapest way for Staten Islanders to get into the city .
There are express buses that can take you from Manhattan into Staten Island , but nothing beats free no matter how slow it may be .
Once again you all can’t believe how many people there are even at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal .
A lot of them are commuters , travelling to their jobs in Lower Manhattan or other parts of the city as well .
Most of them , though , are like the three of you , tourists .
You notice all the security here too.
Including all those bomb sniffing dogs.
As one boat pulls into the dock , you notice that there are cars coming on to the ferry too .
Is it free for them too ?
You’re guessing no.
One of your cousins is actually afraid of water crossings , but once the ferry pulls out of the terminal at Whitehall Street , the ride is very smooth , much to her surprise .
As for the view of New York City – .
Is THAT the Statue of Liberty sitting out there by herself in the harbor ?
It is but later on in your tour , the three of you are going to get up close and personal with Lady Liberty .
It seemed like a long time , but you all have landed i
n Staten Island .
At one time , you could stay on the ferry and wait until it was it was ready to go back to Manhattan .
Not anymore , everyone has to get off and wait for the next ferry .
You all decide that since you all want to see some of this borough , this is a good time to explore .