A few months ago, we started hearing rumblings of a plan to introduce an East River Ferry service connecting Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Governors Island; and starting in just a few short days, that dream will officially become reality.
The East River Ferry will run year-round up and down the scenic Brooklyn coastline, with stops at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Wall St./ Pier 11, north and south Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Long Island City, and 34th St, plus seasonal weekend stops at Governors Island and Atlantic Avenue. Brooklyn borough President Marty Markowitz says he is "ferry excited" for the deal.
The best part? All rides are free through June 24, at which point a subsidized pricing system ranging from $4-5.50 per ride sets in, with options for unlimited daily or monthly passes. The ferries will run every 20-30 minutes from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m .on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekends, and NY Waterways is developing an app allowing customers to buy tickets and check schedules and service alerts. Well, shiver us timbers, looks like it's going to be a sailing summer, after all!