Last September my friend and I decided to take the Staten Island Ferry across New York Harbor and back. It was a cool night, there was a nice view of the Statue of Liberty and, most importantly, it was free.
The “Staten Island Shuffle” has become a more popular activity for New York sightseers in recent years; according to the city’s records more than 23 people ride the ferry a year and nearly half of those weekend riders are now tourists. Various newspapers and businesses estimate that three to four million visitors take the ferry every year. This makes sense because tourists save time and money they might have otherwise spent on the numerous private boat tours in the area.
These subsidized trips should be great for Staten Island businesses because every week the city government is essentially encouraging people to visit the borough. Visitors should be going onto the