To experience the best of the real New York, you have to visit the suburban areas as well the city, and there is no bigger than Staten Island. The island is actually bigger than Manhattan and boasts some of the best of the countryside and great views of the Manhattan skyline. Take the Staten Island Ferry
from lower Manhattan and enjoy some great views along the way. Once on Staten Island get a feel for the many diverse dining options, the cultural attractions like Richmond Town and enjoy some of the best views of New York City.
The island is a famously recognised location for many of the best movies set in New York. The Godfather, A Beautiful Mind and of course Goodfellas were all set here to provide viewers with a great feel for New York suburban life. A very popular tourist attraction, Staten Island combined with the great sightseeing of Staten Island Ferries is a great day out for all to enjoy. The historic Richmond Town is a great history lesson on colonial New York and it helps envisage how people lived in the area hundreds of years ago.
The island is also home to Staten Island Zoo, a great place to have fun and see lots of cool animals that has a very interesting reptile exhibition and leopard enclosure. Also found on the East side is the Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk which is two and a half miles long and is the fourth longest in the world, so you know where to go if you want a long walk.
After your great day out exploring the suburbs, relax in the heart of the city with Luxury
hotels such as the Belvedere Hotel
, Hilton Times Square
and the Pod Hotel
all offering you a wonderful break.