Okay, so we looked like total dorks... and tourist dorks none the less! I must admit, I love subways and mass transit, it is a fun escape from my normal day-to-day drive in the car through my home city. So, as I learned, the Staten Island Ferry is a commuter line to people who live on Staten Island but work in New York City and vice-versa. For a tourist, this was GREAT fun and a fabulous way to see an overview of the city skyline of our National Treasure that is 'The Big Apple.' So you arrive to the free Ferry by way of subway or Taxi, enter what looks like a new & modern airport terminal, and wait for giant automatic doors to open. You walk on to the Ferry which has a large center area that is indoors and windows all the way around. There were restrooms and a less than stellar looking mini-cafe on board... but hey, that Hot Cocoa was a welcome treat despite the appearance of said cafe. The tourists had their faces plastered to all the windows and stood at the bow of the ship outside. The commuters, on the other hand, sat at the center of the Ferry sitting, sleeping, reading, you get it: it was quickly apparent who the commuters were and who the tourists were. It was great fun. BEST PART: Seeing the Statue of Liberty from the Ferry, the way I am sure many immigrants saw her. It was amazing. Once you get to Staten island, you pretty much make U-turn, board the Ferry again, and go back to Manhattan. I loved it!