For New Yorkers interested in getting closer, but not too close to Staten Island, the Museum of the City of New York and the Working Harbor Committee is hosting a boat tour to compliment the museum’s current exhibit: “From Farm to City: Staten Island 1661-2012.″
The tour, which circumnavigates the Island, will look at the past, present and future of the waterfront and its relationship to the city’s marine history. It also provides a nice chance for New Yorkers keen to learn more about the forgotten borough, but wary of setting foot on Staten Island soil (or the nautically inclined).
The three-hour boat tour, scheduled for November 3 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., will explore the borough’s coves and lighthouses, the site of the proposed 625-foot high Ferris Wheel and the villages of Tottenville and Stapelton, where the Sandy Hook Pilots and the New York City fireboats dock. Historians, city-planners and waterfront professionals will speak.
Ticket prices run $40 for the general public. Of course, penny pinchers can always take the city’s free Staten Island ferry and tour the island on foot.