This is a little trick that we will share with you. The ferry that leaves from Whitehall Street (the Subway stop of the same name) will take you to Staten Island, past Ellis and Liberty Island to the outskirts. This water taxi has several advantages. The first is that you don’t have to pay to ride it, due to a peculiar circumstance in which the owner of the company handed it over to the city, on the sole premise that a journey would never cost more than 25 Cents. The city decided that it would be easier to make it free, rather than charge such a small amount of money. The second advantage is that you won’t have to wait in such long queues as the ones often found at Battery Park. The only downside is that this boat will not stop at the Statue of Liberty, but this may not impair your visit, as, ever since the attacks, visiting this monument has become very restricted.