Want to catch a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty, but flinch at the thought of paying $20 a head for a ferry tour? The Staten Island Ferry, which has been in service since 1905, cuts straight across New York Harbor and offers magnificent views of Lady Liberty from the comforts of the boat. The ferry, which operates during the summer months, carries 19 million passengers across the harbor each year. Is there really such thing as a free ride in New York? In this case, definitely!