Residents of Staten Island maintain a love-hate relationship with the iconic orange ferryboats that transport them to and from Manhattan. They embrace the perks, like the fact that rides on the ferry are completely free of charge, and dread the nuisances, like the agonizingly slow and overly crowded boarding process. Staten Island residents know the ferryboat’s best-kept secrets, like the just-as-pretty and far less crowded view of the Verrazano Bridge on the side opposite from the tourist thronged Statue of Liberty view. Yet, they also know the struggle that results from the lack of alignment between the ferry schedule and those of nearby subways. These are just a few out of the many daily challenges and joys that Staten Islanders face on their ferry commute.
- One of the most unbeatable aspects of the Staten Island ferry is the fact that rides are totally free of charge
- While most tourists focus on the views of the Statue of Liberty, the ferryboat also offers stunning views of the Verrazano Bridge
- Boarding the Staten Island ferry can be a miserable experience, as throngs of people try to squeeze their way on at once
“If there is one thing Islanders love more than the ferry, it’s their cars.”