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Staten Island or not?

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Staten Island or not?

We will be en route from PA to Vermont and want to make a quick stop in NYC to visit 9/11 memorial.

We thought it would be good to stay on Staten Island and get the ferry over to Manhatten but have read its probably not a safe place to stay.

Can you let me have your thoughts please and any advice on a suitable part of town to stay for 1 night which will not be too difficult navigating to and from and which is a safe area also.

Thanks

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1. Re: Staten Island or not?

Staten Island is certainly safe enough; the probelm is that it is not at all accessible to the parts of the city that most people want to see.

Are you driving, and will you need to park a car? If so, you might want to find something convenient to the PATH train on the New Jersey side of the Hudson that has free parking. That way you can get on your way easily after visiting NYC and do not have to pay a bridge toll and drive through the city. Instead, you can cross the Hudson further north for a smaller toll, or even for free (as at Albany).

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2. Re: Staten Island or not?

Where did you read that SI is not a safe place. You are correct, but where did you read it

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3. Re: Staten Island or not?

Too much, Ziggy! A lot of people think it's unsafe compared to the rest of the city. I have no clue why. Anyway, if you are staying in the Hilton or Hampton Inn and drive to the St. George Ferry Terminal you'll be fine. But, staying in NJ, as already suggested, is not a bad idea to avoid the $13 toll.

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Agree staying in SI will unnecessarily complicate the going towards Vermont part of your trip. Herald Square's advice is sound. When we take a kid back to Bennington VT, we go up the west side of the Hudson from the city as it's faster/easier. There is no need to drive through the city at all.

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5. Re: Staten Island or not?

Agree staying in SI will unnecessarily complicate the going towards Vermont part of your trip. Herald Square's advice is sound. When we take a kid back to Bennington VT, we go up the west side of the Hudson from the city as it's faster/easier. There is no need to drive through the city at all.

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6. Re: Staten Island or not?

It was an old post on the SI forum,Ziggy.

Our original thought was that the hotels would be close to the ferry and it would be a great way to get to the city and then take the subway to the 9/11 memorial.

Although my husband enjoys driving in the US , we balked at the thought of driving through the city.

We are not too bothered about the toll,we just want to make the trip the best we can

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