AND WITH MULTI-LANE highways encircling the borough, it can be a challenge to enjoy the scenery and history of New York Harbor — unless you take to the water.
The iconic orange Staten Island Ferry isn’t the only way. Here are seven more.
1. Governors Island
This patch of green is just a seven minute ferry ride from the southernmost tip of Manhattan and has been a native American fishing ground, U.S. Coast Guard base, site of a meeting between Reagan and Gorbachev and, now, a public park and National Monument administered by the National Park Service.
In addition to military history and blissful quiet — only a handful of vehicles are allowed on Governors Island — you’ll also find special events throughout the season, which this year runs until October 11. The best part about the island? The ferry and admission are free!