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Must-do New York: The Staten Island Ferry

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — New York City has so many landmarks that serve as the “face” of the city: the Empire State Building, the Statues of Liberty (though it is technically in New Jersey) and the Staten Island Ferry.

Yes, the Staten Island Ferry.

Ferries have been shuttling people back and forth across the New York Harbor since the 18th century. Today, the Ferry between St. George on Staten Island and Lower Manhattan has a way of life for the 19 million people who commute between the two destinations each year.

Eight boats make up the Staten Island Ferry fleet, making a combined 33,000 25-minute one-way trips between the two boroughs.

More than a commuting necessity, the Staten Island Ferry is a must-do attraction for any visitor to the Big Apple. And, the ferry arguably offers the best view of the Statue of Liberty.

Perhaps best of all, the ferry has been free since 1997.

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