Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Travel Photography - Is Staten Island the Best Ferry Ride in the World?

Best FREE Ferry ride.. Well I don't actually know if there are many free ferry rides so that narrows down the list quite a lot. Google tells me there is also one in British Colombia, the Kootenay Lake ferry. But that's like in the bush someplace.. in Canada. And I'm thinking a bit more metropolitan/urban transport really (like Sydney's terrific harbour crossing Manly Ferry - but it's not free) so that leaves the Staten Island Ferry. It's certainly a ferry ride I have wondered about making, and now having made it I can honestly say, this is a bucket list New York thing to do. At least if you have more than a couple of days in the city. Vivienne and I (thank you White Caviar Life) made the short 30 min each way journey at around midday, so we managed to avoid commuter crush. That said, in big cities you still have reasonable crowds, and hey it's free and it's New York! Did I mention it's free? Once onboard, if you plan to take pictures you will want to grab your spot on some open railing or you will be shooting over peoples heads while trying to make your own masterpiece of Lady Liberty; or a selfie.. details continue below.

View of One World Trade Center from the Staten Island Ferry, NYNY.  Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
When leaving from Manhattan that means going over to the right, or starboard side of the boat. As you pull out of the ferry terminal and begin your journey toward Staten Island the Hudson river and the vast expanse of water that is Manhattan Harbor slowly comes into full view with the east river too, suddenly making it quite clear that Manhattan really is an island. Albeit one with a lot of spiky towers sticking up all over it. Curiously this is a view and a landscape you know from years of TV and movies and, well just being inundated by the lore of New York. Though as we made way the experience for me took on on a kind of hyper reality; the motion of the craft on the water, the sounds, the salt in the air and all the other tourists like me, jostling for a place on the rails so they too can capture the view with their cameras. The round trip to Staten Island and back to lower Manhattan, catching the next ferry back; took only 90 minutes. We then spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the immediate area including the financial district; but I will save those stories and pictures for another time. And next time; I want to try taking the ferry at twilight, I think that would be brilliant too! - Want to see the pictures bigger, simply click on them. 
Vivienne riding in a nearly empty the NY subway car, number one line down to South Ferry, Manhattan.  Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
 The docks of the Staten Island Ferry terminal, Lower Manhattan seen from Manhattan Harbor.  Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
Manhattan Harbor panorama with New Jersey and Manhattan skylines. Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
The famous Statue of Liberty as seen from the passing Staten Island Ferry.  Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
A hazy view of the Manhattan skyline and shipping buoys photographed from the Staten Island Ferry on Manhattan Harbor.  Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
Seating on an open deck section of a Staten Island Ferry, reflections and silhouettes of commuters. No Smoking Sign.  Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
Disembarking the Andrew J. Barberi ferry at Staten Island NY.  Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
An urban landscape photo of the Staten island bus ferry interchange.  Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
Vivienne at the Staten island bus and ferry interchange.  Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
Dockside works at Staten Island ferry terminal with a distant view of the Manhattan skyline.  Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
Tourists line the railings of a Staten Island Ferry and take selfies as it passes the Statue of Liberty. Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
A Staten Island Ferry sails past the Statue of Liberty. Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
A tug boat Helen Parker, crosses Manhattan Harbor with the Manhattan city skyline and various barges in the distance. Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
 Travellers and commuters line the railings of the Staten Island Ferry for a view of the city skyline on the return trip to Manhattan. Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
 The ferry returns to the Lower Manhattan terminal providing a view of the Brooklyn Bridge and the east river from the port side of the boat. Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
Ferry commuters dissembark at the lower Manhattan ferry terminal with a glimps of the Statue of Liberty and shipping gantries in the distance. Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
Back on dry land in lower Manhattan, a low-rise 19th century brick building on Coenties Alley with Art Deco skyscrapers, including 20 Exchange Place, of the financial district rising in the background. Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
Photographed on assignment for White Caviar Life - Call or email to book your editorial travel photography today.
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