the staten island ferry

Staten Island isn’t the most convenient place in New York to get to, specifically if you don’t have a car. But now that Jen and Anthony have bought a house in the “forgotten borough”, I’m making the effort to get out there a little more.

I haven’t taken the Staten Island ferry since I was about twelve or thirteen years-old. At that time, my parents had dropped me and my cousin off at a busy shopping avenue in Brooklyn. I had fully intended to buy a new handbag or some jewelry from Claire’s, but my cousin pleaded and insisted that we go see her new boyfriend in Staten Island. We then hopped on the train to Manhattan, rode the ferry and took the Staten Island Railway all to see her boyfriend for about…10 minutes (he didn’t look too enthused about us showing up out of the blue). When we got back to Brooklyn about 45 minutes later than scheduled, my parents were NOT happy, to say the least.

Ah, peer pressure. Got me good that time!


The ferry is free and the route has some nice views of the Freedom Tower, some of downtown Manhattan, a bit of New Jersey, the Verrazano and the Statue of Liberty. It’s a pretty scenic 25-minute ride.

And it was certainly more enjoyable and relaxing than the last time when all I could think was, We are going to get into sooooooo much trouble!

9 responses to “the staten island ferry”

  1. rooth says:

    Awww, that’s a good story though – haven’t we all done something crazy / stupid for boys?

  2. I’ve been there and done that (boys)!HaHa However my mom had supersonic ears and usually killed the plans before we executed them! HaHa Ha The view is breathtaking. Have a great week Jillian!

  3. I TOTALLY FORGOT ABOUT CLAIRE’S. Oh my gosh, the prom jewelry memories.
    I’ve always wanted to ride a ferry. Thanks for sharing. :)

  4. Lena says:

    HA–what a great story!! The summer I spent at Barnard, I was always getting horribly lost and then in monstrous trouble when I’d get back hours after curfew–oops?

  5. Kelsey says:

    Any scenic view of new york always gets me. I loveee this city
    x Kelsey

  6. colleen says:

    oh peer pressure. always the best! i neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed to get to staten island – because it’s out there i want a day trip – you know have a big italian lunch somewhere, i know i would just love it. great pictures, as always!

    • Jillian says:

      We should go out there together one day! Staten Island is definitely a place I haven’t explored very much, so I’m always down for something new. The only thing would be finding transportation within SI, which can get a little tricky.

  7. Laura says:

    I love going out on the water. A free ferry with those views? I’d be doing that every weekend! I’m glad you’re taking advantage of it for me!

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