outdoors & recreation

NYC Piers Without Peer

by Michael Hsu, 07/21/2010

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  • Pier 1 (Staten Island)
    St. George, Staten Island
    The waters surrounding Pier 1, commonly known as the St. George Fishing Pier, are home to striped bass, bluefish and other varieties of fish. Local anglers get a clear view of Bay Ridge across the strait and Manhattan in the distance. In fact, the Staten Island September 11 Memorial, located nearby on the North Shore Waterfront Esplanade, faces directly where the Twin Towers once stood. The pier is easily accessible from Manhattan via the Staten Island Ferry, which departs from the Whitehall Ferry Terminal seven days a week (the ride is free both ways). In the terminal building, which is adjacent to the pier, check out the pair of 2,244-gallon fish tanks, each with more than 200 types of exotic fish. For an inland activity, visit the St. George Historic District, where you'll find 78 landmarked buildings from the 1830s to the 1930s.

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