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!