To help increase accessibility to the extremely devastated community of the Rockaways in Queens, officials announced that temporary ferry service will begin this Monday, November 12th, between Manhattan and the Rockaways. According to Mayor Bloomberg's Office, "Ferries will depart from Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive, where the Economic Development Corporation has been working to install a temporary landing, and stop at Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan with free transfers between Pier 11 and East 34th Street in Midtown. The service will start at 5:45 AM in the Rockaways with ferries departing for Manhattan regularly until 9:20 AM, with regular service resuming during the evening rush. One-way fares will be $2."

The ferry will be operated by Seastreak, which is based in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, and Bloomberg said, "Thanks to quick work by Seastreak and the Economic Development Corporation, residents of the Rockaways will now have an affordable and reliable way to get to and from Manhattan. Ferry service is one of the many ways the City is helping these New Yorkers begin the enormous work of recovery from Hurricane Sandy."

Here's the schedule:

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The subway was totally knocked out—but the MTA is trying to work on that too!