The romantic Staten Island Ferry ride can start either at the at the Southern tip of Manhattan at Whitehall Terminal near Battery Park or at St. George Terminal on Staten Island's Richmond Terrace. Both terminals can be reached either by bus or by train. St. George Terminal of Staten Island is served by the Staten Island Railway and buses like S40, S42, S44, S46, S48, S51, S52, S61, S62, S66, S74, S76, S78, S81, S84, S86, S90, S91, S92, S94, S96 and S98. At the other end, Whitehall Terminal can be reached choosing the M5, M15, M15 SBS and M20 bus routes or the 1, 4, 5, J, R and Z trains.
Staten Island Ferry, New York
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An American symbol initially built for pragmatic use, the Staten Island Ferry is one attraction which never gets time-worn. Offering visitors free impressive views and the best angles to immortalize the Lower Manhattan skyline or the one of a kind Statue of Liberty these romantic boats are considered one of the biggest bargains in New York City. Respecting the famous Nautilus, the first steam ferry to have covered this famous distance, the present 9 vessel fleet maintains its ''old style'' ambiance and features in several movies as a Big Apple trademark.
Steamy, Hot and Free
Before the use of the ferry service in order to cover the distance between St. George on Staten Island and Whitehall Street in Lower Manhattan one had to find a small sailboat called ''peraugers''. This not accessible option of the 1700s was replaced by the introduction of the ferry in 1817. Nautilus was the name of the first steam ferry which was used in 1871 to cover the scenic distance. Commanded by captain John De Forest the steamy vessel charged adults 25 cents, while children paid 12 cents.
Since 1997, the Staten Island Ferry is free of charge. The water vehicles shaped like old car boats with sitting areas outside depart from Manhattan's Southernmost tip at Whitehall Terminal South Ferry. After covering the appealing 25 minutes ride, the ''old style'' ferry arrives at the St. George Ferry Terminal on Richmond Terrace. A hot attraction of the Big Apple nowadays, the Staten Island Ferry is transporting 60,000 passengers on an average during week days and 20 million people a year making more than 35000 trips annually.
The Followers of Nautilus
The ''old style'' ferries are built bu the Manitowoc Marine Group. Initially meant tot carry 4400 people and 30 cars, on the present attraction you cannot travel with your car but are allowed to bring a bike. Running at intervals of 30 minutes or 15-20 minutes during rush hours, the ferry service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. A typical day uses only 5 boats out of the 9 available and 3 are used during the weekend.
The followers of Nautilus carry symbolic names like The Guy V. Molinari or The Senator John J. Marchi; one of the most striking and easy name to remember belongs to the ferry baptized the ''Spirit of America''.
Gotham City Ferry
The Staten Island Ferry provides visitors with the most incredible views and the much appreciated ride has turned this service into a symbolic one for New York. Fame came also with the appearance in movies like ''Sex and the City'' or the 2008 superhero film ''The Dark Knight'' where it was turned into the Gotham City Ferry.
Hop on the ''Spirit of America'', a symbol and a one of the biggest bargains in New York. The Staten Island Ferry will follow the traces of Nautilus and offer you a romantic ambiance along with panoramic views.