Staten Island is the southernmost of New York City’s 5 boroughs, it’s the third largest but least populated borough, it feels secluded from the rest of New York City. For tourists, Staten Island is known only for its Staten Island ferry. The ferry passes the Statue of Liberty of New York, the landmark of New York Harbor, and does not cost a penny. For daily commuters, the Staten Island Ferry is the only link to Manhattan!
We took a voyage outside of Brooklyn to go on Staten Island Ferry and I could not have been happier with the sunset. We rode the ferry in a circle and went back to Manhattan to visit the Dead Rabbit and sip on some of the best Irish Coffee New York has to offer (in my opinion).
Things I didn’t do but you could:
1. Who has seen the movie, The Godfather? In the Hamilton Park Neighborhood, there are many Victorian terraced houses from the Civil War. There are two large Tudor-style houses. These were featured in the classic film The Godfather (1971). These houses are known as Casa Corleone (110 + 120 Longfellow Road).
2. Also worth seeing is the home of Alice Austen, who was one of the first prolific female photographers in the United States. Built in 1690, the Victorian house is now a National Monument and displays Alice Austen’s best photographs. The Alice Austen House is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11AM to 5PM (address: 2 Hylan Boulevard at Edgewater Street).
3. It might not be Miami, but there’s a South Beach and it’s one of the best things to do in Staten Island. The 1.5 mile long wooden beach promenade is the fourth longest in the world. It also has a beautiful view of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
4. Beso – Check out this restaurant which features dishes from Cuba, Mexico and Spain. It’s located near the Ferry Terminal. (Address: 11 Schuyler Street)
Side note: you can find Dead Rabbit Whiskey at the Sea Wolf in Brooklyn and they have it as a happy hour special! Shh!