st george real estate

8 Secrets of The Staten Island Ferry

For more than 200 years, the Staten Island Ferry’s iconic orange fleet has easily become one of the most recognized symbols of our borough. These boats transport millions of passengers across the Hudson River from the St. George Ferry Terminal to Manhattan’s Whitehall in downtown Battery Park. Whether for business or pleasure, the panoramic views of the Verrazano Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and New York City skyline make this mode of transportation truly one-of-a-kind. With such deep-rooted NYC history, check out these 8 secrets of the Staten Island Ferry. 

  • It wasn’t always orange: While it’s hard to imagine the Staten Island Ferry without its distinctive bright orange paint, its original color was actually a much more boring white. White boats were a trend in the early 1900s. However, in 1926 the city opted to change the color in favor of the burnt-orange alternative. The color choice helped allow the boats to be easily seen in fog and snow, increasing the overall safety of the crew and passengers.
  • Vanderbilt Family Money Started the Fleet: In 1810, 16-year-old Cornelius Vanderbilt received $100 for his birthday. He used the money to purchase a periauger boat and started a ferry and freight service. Vanderbilt would take people, cargoes of fish, and produce from Manhattan to Staten Island. His business grew so quickly, he eventually enlisted the help of his brother-in-law to create the first motorized ferry in New York City. The family bought up all the other competition and established the Staten Island Ferry route.
  • It Wasn’t Always A Free Ride: Throughout the history of the Staten Island Ferry, the cost has ranged from a nickel to fifty cents per passenger. On July 4, 1997, New York City decided to do away with any cost to ferry goers, establishing the 30-minute ride would remain free for all.  
  • It is the Most Reliable NYC Transportation: The ferry carries approximately 25 million passengers annually on a 5.2-mile run. Boats operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. On a typical weekday, five boats make 117 trips, carrying approximately 75,000 passengers. Unlike the New York City subway system, the Department of Transportation (DOT) boasts the Staten Island Ferry is on time for close to 92% of its rides. 
  • The Ferry Was Once Separated by Gender: The Staten Island Ferry was once divided into a men and women’s section. In the early years of the NYC Ferry system, restrooms were divided on either side of the boats; men were on one side and women were sent to the other. In an effort to make life easier for passengers who needed to locate restrooms, signs were made so they wouldn’t circle the boats trying to find them. It was because of these signs that men often sat in one section of the ferry and women were asked to sit on the other. 
  • The Staten Island Ferry was part of the 9/11 Boatlift: The Staten Island Ferry, along with all other ferries serving the city, relocated tens of thousands of people out of harm’s way during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Staten Island Ferry Boat captains sailed in nearly zero visibility helping save countless lives by bringing people from the devastated financial district to the safety of St. George Terminal. 
  • The Ferry Once Carried More Than Just People: In the 19th century, the Staten Island ferry moved horses. With the evolution of automotive technology, those horses were eventually replaced by cars that were allowed on the boat for the cost of $3. However, after the September 11th attacks, the ferry banned cars altogether. 
  • NASDAQ Paid for the Latest Boat: The newest addition to the DOT fleet is the American Legion. It was purchased with $1 million dollars that were donated by the NASDAQ Disaster Relief Fund to enable the Department of Transportation (DOT) to respond to emergency situations in and around lower Manhattan. Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding in Somerset, Massachusetts built the vessel, which was delivered in March 2007. The new boat can hold 12 passengers in addition to its crew and has a top speed of 30 knots. 

Are you in the market for a home with an iconic view of the Staten Island Ferry? Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty Inc. is here to help! Check out homes in St. George and surrounding areas near the iconic Staten Island Ferry, some properties which can provide you with a daily glimpse of this quintessential orange fleet.

More about Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty

Buying or selling a home is an exciting yet stressful time, so finding the right realty is an extremely important decision. We believe that there are two kinds of Real Estate professionals: those who understand the emotional and financial complexity of selling and buying a home, and those who don’t. If the idea of buying or selling a home is perplexing to you, look no further: we work with integrity and knowledge to guarantee that your experience is unmatched.
Don’t hesitate to contact us on Facebook or Twitter, and be sure to visit our about page. Holly can also be reached by email Find out why our clients keep recommending us as their Staten Island Real Estate company of choice!

I look forward to meeting up with you soon!


Danny & Natalia – St. George

Danny & Natalia were looking for a home on Staten Island’s North Shore, in the booming neighborhood of St.George. Their new home had to accommodate their busy lifestyle. With unexpected challenges along the way, I guided them with my experience, knowledge, and patience to make their home buying experience come together.

This is what the Happy Clients had to say about their home buying experience:

Can’t say enough great things about Holly. She is very knowledgeable, approachable and personable. She is very honest and treats each listing like if it was her buying the property. She had great suggestions and answered every question, leaving us at ease. I definitely would recommend Holly to anyone wanting to buy or sell their home.

Welcome to downtown St.George, Danny & Natalia!

Located on the northeastern tip of Staten Island, where the Kill Van Kill enters the New York Bay. Close to Manhattan and in addition offering you affordable space to live and work. Every day some 92,000 people ride the Staten Island Ferry. Enjoy the Free ferry ride with spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline. You can hop a bus or train right from the ferry terminal. The St. George area provides the perfect balance of culture, arts, and history. Come visit and see why many are calling it home!

Learn more about St. George, here.

Record Condominium Sale With Breathtaking Views of Manhattan – 90 Bay Street Landing

The North Shore’s historic St. George district is known for both its charm and convenience. With close proximity to the Staten Island Ferry, residents who call this community home can enjoy a 25-minute FREE ride to Whitehall Street, Battery Park, and Manhattan’s Wall Street district. Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty, Inc. is proud to assist our clients with purchasing waterfront properties — recently breaking a record condominium sale for The Accolade Condos at 90 Bay Street Landing!

History of Bay Street Landing

In the late 1980’s, several waterfront warehouses overlooking New York Harbor were converted into the architecturally significant complex known as Bay Street Landing. This pet-friendly, five-building community of co-op and condo lofts is home to many medical, legal, financial, art and design professionals. Bay Street Landing provides the perfect combination of privacy, security and tantalizing amenities.

The Accolade – Condos @ 90 Bay Street

As one of the five buildings that encompass Bay Street Landing, The Accolade Condos @ 90 Bay Street, offers a collection of pristine condos, including many with spectacular waterfront views. Residences include studios, one, two and three-bedroom units. Each unit features a sophisticated, elegant design. The Accolade’s expansive interiors provide a blank palette for unlimited decorative possibilities. Windows that stretch from hardwood floors to soaring ceilings deliver buyers panoramic views in every direction. These luxury units also offer stylish chrome, marble, and stainless steel finishes including a stackable washer and dryer and individual climate control. Select units offer a private outdoor space for relaxation throughout the seasons.

On-Site Amenities

Tennis Anyone?: Bay Street Landing has two beautiful tennis courts – FREE for residents to enjoy. The courts are well maintained, in a serene and peaceful setting.

Exercise Facility: Feel free to cancel your gym membership. You can enjoy a healthy lifestyle at Bay Street Landing without ever leaving home! Create your own exercise program before or after work, or get fit any time of day or night. The exercise facility offers a wide selection of free weights, universal-type machines, treadmills, stationary bicycles and much more. The HOA charges a yearly fee for membership in some of the buildings.
Parking: Every apartment has at least one designated parking space. Expecting guests? Notify your private security and they will provide a visitor’s pass so friends and family may park inside the gated community. Street parking is also available.

Picnic On Property: Bay Street Landing offers a picnic and outdoor party area, equipped with gas barbeque grills, a canopy, picnic tables and plenty of space to enjoy the outdoors!

Children’s Playground: Bay Street Landing is a wonderful place for families with children! Kids can enjoy a playground with slides, climbing wall, net, and three crow’s nests!

Dog Run: As a pet-friendly facility, Bay Street Landing’s fenced-in dog run will equally allow members of your furry family to enjoy waterfront living. Mix and mingle with fellow pet-loving residents right on site!

Interested in exploring The Accolades @ Bay Street Landing? Or any of the Bay St. Landing Buildings? Does the charm of historic Saint George appeal to your home buying needs?

Then, CLICK HERE to see my current listing of 48 Bay Street Landing, another SPECTACULAR DUPLEX TOWNHOUSE FOR SALE! It’s a magnificent totally renovated & transformed 2000 sq.ft 2+ bedrooms, 2.5 baths Luxury Duplex co-op in St.George! Check it out on our featured 3D Virtual Tour link! 5 minutes to the ferry, quick & easy commute to Manhattan! Luxurious Grand Entrance with soaring 18ft. ceilings & Amazing Dramatic overhead mezzanine. Pristine Italian porcelain tile flows thru-out the entire first level. You don’t want to pass up this amazing property! Contact Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty 60 Bay St. Suite 701 Staten Island N.Y.10301 Today! Office: #718-702-6848 or #917-414-0847


Skip to content