NYC launches Staten Island tour By Nadine Godwin / July 08, 2008 Share 1 -- New York City has scheduled a July 14 start for a daily bus tour of Staten Island operated by Gray Line.The launch of the Discover Staten Island Tour also kicks off a "Go Local" initiative, designed to promote visits and sightseeing in all five boroughs.The "Go Local" campaign, led by tourism-promotion organization NYC & Company, will promote attractions and summer programs, including a Summer in the City savings program and Summer Restaurant Week 2008."The high cost of gas and rising airline prices are causing many people to look for options closer to home, and no place offers more attractions hidden in plain sight than the city itself," said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.He said Gray Line's Staten Island tour serves as the "perfect kick-off" to the "Go Local" campaign.The Staten Island tour will depart just outside the Staten Island Ferry terminal and take participants to the island's September 11 Memorial, the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, the Forest Avenue Shopping Area, the Staten Island Zoological Society, Fort Wadsworth and the Alice Austen House Museum and Park.From Staten Island, visitors will have broad views of New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty, the Verrazano Bridge, the Brooklyn waterfront and the Manhattan skyline. The tour will run hourly, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and cost of $15. Each departure will have a tour guide providing narration and customer assistance. On 48 hours' notice, vehicles will be wheelchair accessible. As part of the "Go Local" campaign, NYC & Company will field street teams to different parts of the city to promote local attractions, distributing maps, summer guides and other materials on things to do and see and on places to dine in New York City.