If you take this ferry it is worth bearing in mind that this is a service provided free of charge by the taxpayers of New York to enable New Yorkers to get to and from Manhattan Island without bringing their cars. All New Yorkers I have met on my visits to the Big Apple welcome visitors and are happy to share their amenities and their knowledge, if you want to "go native" then this is a good way to do it, however if it's a commentary or tourist information you want then the Liberty Island ferry will happily accommodate this in Battery Park for a fee.
The Staten Island ferry itself is a good way to see the "Green Lady" but you will need to be on the starboard side going and the port side returning.
Thank you city of New York, this Brit appreciates your hospitality.
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