Staten Island is known mostly for having the Staten Island Ferry which is a free ferry boat that commutes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week back and forth from Staten Island and Manhattan. It's a big tourist attraction since it's free and also has great views of downtown Manhattan and the Statue Of Liberty. For many, many years I've skated this part of the Island and especially the Staten Island Yankee Stadium which offers this view of lower Manhattan as well but I somehow never noticed how far back the view reached.
As I was driving to the ferry the other day, I noticed for the first time that you can see the Empire State Building all the way from my neighborhood in Staten Island. Aside from that, you can also clearly see 432 Park Ave which isn't hard to believe since it's the tallest residential building in the world. I found it amazing that I was able to see these Midtown views from about 10 miles away.
Amongst all the skyscrapers, you can also get a clear view of the Statue Of Liberty and then it made me realize that there probably aren't that many places where you can get a view like this. In one shot, I was able to get the Statue Of Liberty, Freedom Tower, Empire State Building and 432 Park Ave in one image.
They're turning the north shore of Staten Island into a bigger tourist attraction with the NY Wheel (the world's largest ferris wheel) and Empire Outlets (NYCs first and only outlet mall) and this view will also add to the future tourism coming to the forgotten borough.