I have a list of things to do before we leave NYC that last year, when we were to be here for a year, seemed necessary but unwieldy. On it, sledding in a park. (Last year, I tried to take Bama when I was 38 weeks pregnant after the first blizzard. It didn't happen.)
On the list: Staten Island Ferry. Like all good local "things to do," in New York or elsewhere (I still have not been to Alcatraz except to work a catering event at it; Coit Tower when I was 18), most of our New York friends have never done the ferry.
But, with kids especially, it's genius. For starters, it's free. Then, you get an excellent view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island (still free). And, you get to see Roosevelt Island, cruise through the water, and you can have a cup of coffee while you're on board.
Bama and friend O saying good-bye to Manhattan.
Rabbit: I like this bench. I like this boat. I like you!
The gaggle on our return. O and M, Bama and Rabbit.
Post ferry, post Shake Shack, 1 Train Uptown return.
Here's the last bit of genius regarding the ferry. You never need get wet or snowed upon. Take the subway, dash 15 yards to the ferry building door, board. Done.
At the other end, get off (indoors), walk 100 yards, make a right, pass the fish tanks (fish tanks!), and get back on. Still indoors. Still free. Still so awesomesauce I'm giddy.