I took the bus from Reading, Pa. to NYC. It only costs $ 62.00 round trip from Reading to NYC. I then took the subway train to the Staten Island Ferry. The Staten Island Ferry takes about 25 minutes to get to Staten Island from Manhattan. It is a nice ride where you get to see the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and many other things. Since the Staten Island Ferry is free and is a nice ride if any members are ever in the area. I couldn't believe how many people the Staten Island Ferry can hold. I was way back in the big lines and I easily got on the ferry. The ferries run every 15 minutes. They have security dogs and they do sniff your luggage and backpacks sometimes.
My daughter, my grandchildren and I ate at a bagel and sandwich shop not far from the ferry in Staten Island. I didn't realize that Staten Island had so many hills. We walked all uphill to get to my daughter's apartment. We then talked a little. I had wanted to go to La Bella Marketplace supermarket since I saw online that they sell the Divella Semola Di Grano duro Rimacinata online. We walked back down the hill and took the train that runs above ground. The train is right near where you get on the Staten Island Ferry. That is the only train that runs in Staten Island. It runs one straight route. We googled where we wanted to go first. My daughter never took that train, so wouldn't you know we took an express train and it didn't stop near La Bella Marketplace. We didn't even know an express train existed in Staten Island. We then backtracked and did get to La Bella Marketplace.
It is a big Italian supermarket with so many different Italian foods. I wish I would have had more room in my luggage to bring more things home. I would have loaded up on many Italian things I never saw before. The flour I wanted was only $1.99 per bag. I never saw so many fresh pastas and other pasta in one place. These are some photos of La Bella Marketplace and other photos taken the same day. After we left the supermarket we went to Lee's Tavern. Again we took an express train and it didn't stop where we wanted. Another backtrack to get to Lee's Tavern.
There are lots of steps at each stop so lugging a baby coach up and down all those steps is a challenge. I don't understand why, but the first two stops right off of the Staten Island Ferry for the train do cost the regular price of train ride that is the same as riding the subway system in NYC. The other stops are free to get on and off. I think there was one other stop that it also costs money to board, but am not sure if it was Nassau or not. I talked to a lady when getting on a train from Union Square to Staten Island and she told me all about how to avoid costs to park and what she does to get to her job in Manhattan each day and back. I sure wouldn't want to go through all of that hassle each day to go back and forth to a job. Many people from NYC do though.
I understand why I really liked the Stracciatella that I tried on a boardwalk style pizza yesterday that was purchased at La Bella Marketplace. I thought I heard the word Stracciatella before but couldn't recall where I had heard it. It was from the Caputo Brothers when I went to that mozzarella making demostration. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/15/dining/a-mozzarella-treat-to-make-at-home.html?_r=0
That is where that good tang and creaminess came from. http://oldwayspt.org/community/blog/mozzarella-di%E2%80%A8-bufala-and-stracciatella-di-bufala