Lady Liberty & the Staten Island Ferry!

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The weather has been beautiful in New York the past few weeks which makes going out and exploring perfect. Yesterday, the roommate and I laid out in Fort Greene Park again on beach towels, soaking up the sun, enjoying a little picnic breakfast! It was, once again, a great Saturday! And yesterday, I decided to explore another borough and embrace my inner tourist. I headed down to Battery Park and South Ferry area to take the boat over to Staten Island.

I thoroughly enjoy this FourSquare tip for the Ferry.

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The views on the ferry were amazing. The Statue of Liberty really is beautiful — one day I’ll go over to Ellis Island! And lower Manhattan highlighted by the Freedom Tower is one of my favorite views. I had forgotten how much I love being on the water with the sea breeze whipping through your hair and seagulls flying overhead. (I just really want to go on a whale watching this summer, guys!).

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I’m not very familiar with Staten Island but figured it would be weird to just take the ferry there and back. I tried a restaurant, Pier 76, a nice little sports bar-esque restaurant that had some surprisingly good lobster mac and cheese!  I also happened to be in Staten Island that day on the last leg of the Five Boro Bike Tour so the area right by the ferry was populated by a gazillion bike riders.

It was a great outing — plus the ferry is free so it’s really a cool little activity for a weekend. I will say though that even though I’ve now stepped foot in Staten Island I have no feel for the area… I think I was in the little downtown area? Well, maybe I’ll go back one day and explore more (maybe!).

And of course, no discussion of the Staten Island Ferry is complete without a shootout to Working Girl, the 1989 classic featuring a great opening sequence on the ferry accompanied by Carly Simon’s Let River Run. The music video cracks me up — the fashion, the hair!

 

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