New York Staten Island Ferry

Staten Island Ferry is one of the ferries that fetch passengers to the Staten Island in New York. The ferry ride is free of charge and available to the public. During the ride, you will be able to enjoy the magnificent scenery of the high rise building in the lower areas in Manhattan.  Some of the skyscrapers you will see during the ride include Statute of Liberty and many important offices in New York. The ferry will also passed by Ellis Island.


The free ferry ride service began during the eighteen century. During the eighteen century, a sail powered craft is used to fetch the passengers from Manhattan to Staten Island. The steam ferries were not used because they were no yet invented. In 1817, the steam powered ferry is used. In 1901, the state of New York City bought over the ferry service. However, the steam powered ferries were still being used until the 1980s. After the state took over the ferry service, the ferry ride is no longer free. Every passenger was charged $0.05 per ride. The ferry ride far increase to $0.25 in the 1980. Later, it was decided to offer the ferry rides a free service for the public. The fare was not collected from the passengers since 1997.

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The Staten Island Ferry is the only non vehicular transportation that travels to and fro from Staten Island to Manhattan. NYC Dot is controls 9 vessel that operates between Staten Island and Manhattan. NYC Dot also controls the St. George Ferry Terminal, Whitehall Ferry Terminal. And etc.


Staten Island Ferry carries more than 20,000,000 tourists to the Staten Island every year. Every day, more than seventy thousand tourists went on board the ferry.

The ferry service is featured in many famous television programmes including Working Girl, I Love Lucy and The Secret of My Success.

It is estimated that the Staten Island Ferry conduct more than thirty three thousand ferry voyages annually.

In the old days, the ferry is white in color. Later, it was painted in orange color so that people can see it clearly in the rain and mist. The old ferry boats have found new uses. One of the ferry boats is the site of a popular restaurant in New Jersey. The second ferry boat is used to house the prisoners that are living in the Rikers’ Island.

A bomb was detonated at the Knickerbockers in 1960. Fortunately, no one was injured.

The Pvt. Joseph Merrill and Cornelius G. Kolff ferries were transported to Rickers Island. They are being used as prison at the Rickers Island.

In 1978, the American Legion airplane hit the seawall located in a short distance to the Statue of Liberty. During the crash, more than one hundred and seventy three people were injured.

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Taking the Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry is available at Whitehall Street. It is located nearby to the Battery Park in the lower region of the Manhattan town. The ferry carries the passengers to the St. Georges Ferry Terminal. The journey is approximately 5.2 mile. It takes about 25 minutes to reach the island. Bicycles can be brought to the ferry. However, you are not allowed to drive your car into the ferry. The Staten Island Ferry runs to and fro between the Battery Park and Staten Island for 24 hours every day. It is open during the holiday season. Passengers have to wait for 15 minutes for the next round of ferry ride.

On Staten Island, there are several car parks. You can park your car at the St. Georges Ferry Terminal. The ferry harbor is located nearby to the subway train and bus station.

While on Staten Island

Staten Island is one of the most popular boroughs in New York. It has many museums. The Staten Island Museum s located adjacent to the St. Georges Terminal. The Staten Island Museum was first built in 1881. The museum offers a large collection of Renaissance paintings in the museum.  One section in the museum was dedicated to display the art of the Lenape tribe. The Lenape tribe is the native of Staten Island.  The museum offers a wide range of exhibitions that provides visitors insight about the timeline of Staten Island. You can explore artifacts such as baseball cards and etc.

The Richmond Town is also a prominent feature of the Staten Island. It is actually a museum built on a 100 acre field. In this museum, you get to explore residential buildings from the 18th and 19th century.  The museum also has other artifacts to depict the history of the island. Richmond Town used to be settled by the Dutch people. However, the British people conquered and seized it before the Revolutionary War took place. The Richmond Town is accessible through bus at the ferry terminal. The admission fee to the museum is cheap and affordable. Students and seniors are qualified to get a discount.

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Staten Island Ferry is equipped with a car park including St. George Ferry Terminal South, and St. George Ferry Terminal North. St. George Ferry Terminal North is managed and controlled by the Muni Meters. If you want to park your car at the St. George Ferry Terminal, you need to purchase quarterly permit. If you want to purchase quarterly permit, you can call (718) 786-6334 or (718) 786-7042. You can park your car at DOT Municipal Lot on Hyatt Street Staten Island. There are also several private car parks on Staten Island.  Most of the private car parks are located nearby to the Ball Park. The parking fee at the private car park is $5. You can purchase the parking cards at the ferry terminals ticket office.

Recently, the American Legion III is added to the DOT fleet. The high speed American Legion III costs $1 million. The fund was donated by NASDAQ Disaster Relief Fund, Inc. The emergency vessel is able to hold up to 12 passengers and the crews. It has a speed of 30 knots.

Staten Island is a must visit place for every visitors that are visiting New York City. From Staten Island, you can view the Statue of Liberty.

Contact Details:

Address: 1 Bay St, Staten Island, NY 10301 United States

Phone Numbers: (718) 876-8441,(718) 786-7042,(718) 786-6334


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