The ferry is a passenger ferry that connects lower Manhattan with the borough of Staten Island. The line, which began in 1817, runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's a 5.2 mile ride each way and takes about 22 minutes.
In 1970, the fare was raised to $.25 each way. It's now free of charge as the fare was eliminated in 1997. Bicycles can be brought onto the lowest deck with no charge. In the past vehicles could be brought on board for $3.00 each but autos have not been allowed since the September 11, 2001 attacks.
If you ever get the chance to ride the ferry, this is a trip not to be missed!!!!!