The moment residents of Williamsburg, DUMBO, Greenpoint and Long Island City have been waiting for has finally arrived. This morning Mayor Bloomberg and a handful of City officials were on the Maiden Voyage of the East River ferry, taking the inaugural five minute trip from Williamsburg to East 34th Street. Hizzoner said “Waterfront neighborhoods like DUMBO and Williamsburg in Brooklyn and Long Island City and Hunter’s Point South in Queens continue to grow, and destinations like Brooklyn Bridge Park and Governors Island continue to attract more visitors. The new ferry service will augment that growth and make it easier for New Yorkers to commute from and get to these residential neighborhoods and waterfront parks.” Fewer people on the subway means fewer people mad about crappy subway service! The ferry service is free from today to June 25th, after which it will be $4 for a one way, $12 for an unlimited day pass and $140 for an unlimited monthly pass.
The ferry should be departing every 20 minutes from: East 34th Street in Manhattan; Hunter’s Point South/Long Island City; Greenpoint at India Street; North Williamsburg between North 5th and North 6th Streets; South Williamsburg at Schaefer Landing at Kent Avenue; DUMBO at Fulton Ferry Landing off Old Fulton Street; Pier 11/Wall Street in Manhattan; Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 at Atlantic Avenue on summer Fridays; Governors Island on summer Saturdays and Sundays.
· East River Ferry Coverage [Curbed]