On Aug. 27, 2013, make a trip to see the Statue of Liberty and see a movie all in one day!
Staten Island is easy to get to from the Staten Island Ferry, which is easily accessible by the 1,J, Z, 4, and 5 trains. The Staten Island Ferry is free, and it has two levels. Of course the top level is the most scenic, and on a beautiful day, it is fought over by everyone. As the ferry leaves Manhattan, there is a view of the skyline behind the boat, and on the right side of the ferry (most popular side), there is the Statue of Liberty from a distance. Unfortunately, it is not possible to go to that island. The ferry goes by, and everyone takes pictures from a distance and hopes the zoom on the camera will get a good shot. In front of the boat is Staten Island itself.
Before getting to the movie to see Annie, it is a good idea to stock up on food. The Staten Island terminal where the ferry docks on the island has a food court. They even have one of the only Dairy Queens in New York City! So get a cold appetizer on the way over to the movie. Don't forget the sandwiches and snacks too, which can also be bought at the terminal.
It will be not only a great night to catch the ferry and see the Statue of Liberty, but to see a free movie too. At 8:00 p.m, in Wolfes Pond Park on Chester & Cornelia Avenues, NYC Parks will be showing the movie, Annie, for free. This showing is based off of the Broadway musical of the same name. It is the story of an orphaned girl who is looking for a home.
It will also be a great opportunity to see Staten Island itself, which unfortunately does not get as much love and attention as other parts of New York. Most people who visit get off the ferry and wait to catch the next ferry back to Manhattan. So people should take this opportunity to do more exploring on the island itself in between getting off the ferry and watching Annie.