NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – A new commuting option is coming for anyone tired of the East River bridges, tunnels, and subways.

“On June 13, ferry service will start on the East River. It’ll go from Brooklyn to Queens to Manhattan. It’ll be a great environmentally friendly, fun way for New Yorkers to commute,” said City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

The ferry service, run by NY Waterway, will operate year-round.

The ferries will stop at the following locations: East 34th Street / Midtown, Manhattan; Hunters Point / Long Island City, Queens; India Street / Greenpoint, Brooklyn; North 6th Street / North Williamsburg, Brooklyn; Schaefer Landing / South Williamsburg, Brooklyn; Brooklyn Bridge Park / DUMBO, Brooklyn; and Wall Street / Pier 11, Manhattan.

LINK: East River Ferry (Official Site)

The ferries will run every 20 minutes during weekday rush hours.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb With Christine Quinn

“There will be a seasonal addition to Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn and to Governors Island,” said Quinn. “An additional bonus is that the first two weeks are free.”

East River Ferry Service (credit: NY Waterway)

East River Ferry Service (credit: NY Waterway)

“You know, New York City, we are a river city, and, for some reason, in our past, we turned our backs on the river. We now, starting June 13, are going to re-embrace our rivers as our great blue highway,” added Quinn.

Comments (2)
  1. Dano says:

    Nice. I only wish there was service from South Brooklyn

  2. Carol says:

    Back in the 50’s when working in NYC, we would take the Jersey Central
    into Hoboken and then get on the ferry that took us across the Hudson to
    South Ferry. From there, you would walk a few blocks to catch a subway.
    I left NJ in the 70’s and the end of the ferry service followed a few years
    later. Am glad to see that there is another alternative for those commuters
    who are driving into Manhatten.

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