You know those wonderful summer moments when you're inside doing absolutely nothing and suddenly realize that the sun is shining outside your window? It doesn't happen as often as I'd like it to--more my schedule's fault than the sun's--but I do. This past Sunday was kind of like that.So I took the ferry to Staten Island. I'd never been and I had heard that I should (1) visit Snug Harbor and (2) dine at New Asha for cheap, authentic Sri Lankan food.
My companion and I successfully completed the first task by taking the bus (S44) from the ferry terminal to the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden (about 5 minutes). Then we wandered through it for hours...
I felt like I was dreaming. Who in the world knew that there were such a beautiful place in the mostly under-appreciated Staten Island? And I mean no offense when I say that. I mean, I know I'm never going to forget about the fifth borough again.
Afterwards, we'd hoped for some Sri Lankan, but instead chose Adobe Blues Southwestern Foods & Old West Saloon. We were hungry. It was closer. Residents had yelped. Discovering it had an impressive beer menu was just a bonus.Finally, on our way back to the ferry terminal, we stopped by St. George Stadium to watch the Staten Island Yankees get crushed. Oh well :) fireworks came soon after so all was not lost. It was quite the pleasant afternoon, and although I still may not love the accent, I don't doubt I'll be returning sometime in the future.