Experience All That The Forgotten Borough Has To Offer

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As part of the new Get Local NYC campaign, NYC & Company invites tourists and residents alike to experience Staten Island’s stunning parks, historic sites, delicious food, and family-friendly activities.  Spend the day on Staten Island dining, shopping, sightseeing, and enjoying parks, beaches, the zoo, museums, and more by taking the ferry or driving there.  Staten Island is open to both citizens and tourists, according to NYC & Company, the city’s official convention and visitors bureau for the five boroughs of New York City. As a part of the group’s Get Local NYC mission, act like a New Yorker.

Plan a day of dining, shopping, and sightseeing, including visits to parks, beaches, and gardens. You can travel by ferry or automobile. Children will like the Staten Island Children’s Museum and Zoo. The Conference House, where John Adams and Ben Franklin attempted to negotiate a peace treaty with the British in 1776, is a must-see for history buffs. Fans of baseball should attend a game featuring the FerryHawks to take in the breathtaking views of the Manhattan cityscape across New York Harbor.

Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices can help you cool off, Royal Crown Bakery sells Italian pastries, Lee’s Tavern has pizza and beer, and New Asha serves Sri Lankan cuisine. The Chinese Scholar’s Garden in Snug Harbor, the National Lighthouse Museum,  and the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, are some of the other distinctive attractions on Staten Island. The farm where Frederick Law Olmsted practiced landscaping before creating Central Park, the 19th-century African American neighborhood known as Sandy Ground, and Historic Richmond Town, a settlement from the late 17th century, are also accessible to visitors.

Admirers of the poor-serving Catholic activist Dorothy Day are invited to visit her tomb and look around the ruins of the bungalow beach neighborhood where she used to live.


Between Staten Island and Manhattan, there are two ferry services. Take the R rail to Whitehall, the 4 or 5 to Bowling Green, or the 1 to South Ferry to get the free ferry from Lower Manhattan. Alternatively, depart Manhattan from either Midtown West/Pier 79 (near West 39th Street) or Battery Park City to access the NYC Ferry for $2.75. (follow Vesey Street west to the river in Lower Manhattan). On the Staten Island side, both boats arrive at the St. George terminal. The Empire Outlets shopping center, the St. George Theatre, and the FerryHawks baseball field can all be reached on foot from there.

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