The L train is so over, and soon Williamsburg locals may have another means of transport: the high seas! Or, the East River. According to the NY Post, the city has issued a request for proposals for a Williamsburg ferry landing. This could bring city and privately operated ferry service to the area sometime next Spring, with possible ports of call including one on the north side as well as one in neighboring Greenpoint. As the Brooklyn Paper noted in 2007, there is also an existing ferry station at the Schaefer Landing development, just a few blocks south of the Williamsburg Bridge.
Of the $5.5MM funding from city and federal transportation money, $2.25MM is expected to go towards making the Williamsburg ferry a reality. Other possible ferry services could be added to La Guardia Airport, Astoria, Roosevelt Island, Coney Island, as well as 125th, 20th, 75th and 90th streets along the East River in Manhattan.