A trip to Staten Island
As soon as you leave the dock on the Staten Island ferry you will get a better and better view of Manhatton. You even will get quite close to the Statue of Liberty without queuing all day.
Once arrive on Staten Island one of the first things you will notice if you walk around the port ist the Staten Island September 11 Memorial. As you proceede a bit away from the coast you will come to quite nice streets that looks like a typical neigborhood in American movies.