By: Rayna Voz
The Staten Island Ferry is potentially the last free ride you can catch out of Manhattan. Beginning its operations in 1817, the double-ended steel ferry transports approximately 75,000 passengers from lower Manhattan’s Whitehall Terminal to the St. George Ferry terminal on Staten Island. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, the ferry has remained the only way to get to Staten Island free of charge— unless one prefers to swim 5.2 miles of the New York Bay. At it’s gratuitous price, the burnt orange painted ferry carries a diversified crowd. The way the passenger’s choose to spend their twenty-five minute ride floating across the water, appears to be as diversified as the people themselves.