By Joseph Ferris
The wind blowing through your hair. The refreshing smell of the open “sea”. A bar with drinks and food on-board. This isn’t a cruise ship. This is NYC Ferry – the city’s newest transit option. Earlier this month, NYC Ferry announced the system will be expanding with several new routes that will stop in Lower Manhattan.
By 2021, NYC Ferry will expand to serve Staten Island, Coney Island and The Bronx neighborhood of Throgs Neck along with increased service on other routes.
Here are the expansion details:
- Astoria & East Village Routes – This year, both routes which originate at Wall Street’s Pier 11, the Grand Central Terminal of the NYC Ferry system, will add a stop at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
- St. George Route – Next year, a one-seat ride for Staten Islanders to Manhattan’s Pier 79 on the West Side will begin. This route also features a stop in Battery Park City, providing Staten Island residents will greater access to Brookfield Place and the World Trade Center while giving Lower Manhattan residents easy access to the Far West Side.
- Coney Island Route – The Wonder Wheel. The Aquarium. The Cyclone. Starting in 2021, all that Coney Island and Brighton Beach have to offer will be a quick ferry ride from Lower Manhattan. Service between Coney Island and Pier 11 includes a stop in Bay Ridge.
- Throgs Neck Route – Ferry service from Pier 11 to The Bronx currently makes stops at East 34th and East 90th streets in Manhattan before terminating at Clason Point in Soundview. In 2021, this route will extend to Ferry Point Park in Throgs Neck.
These route extensions and additions will complement existing routes to the Rockaways, South Brooklyn and seasonal service to Governors Island.
The cost of a one-way ferry ticket is $2.75, the same as a MetroCard swipe. Bikes can be rolled on-board for a $1 more. Tickets can be purchased online, the NYC Ferry app and in person at each landing. Monthly passes are also available.
For more information about NYC Ferry, visit their website and keep your eyes on the water as more ferries begin to splash their way through the city’s waterways.