In New York, there are lots of options to get around. Of course, there are taxis, buses, subway lines, bicycles, and ferries. Yes ferries, they aren’t the most popular, but they are one of the most scenic ways to get around. And this month, the city of New York added another ferry service called NYC Ferry.
NYC Ferry isn’t the most famous ferry or the cheapest but it is the newest. It is serving the South Shore of Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Governor’s Island during the season. And will be adding more routes for the Bronx and Astoria later this year.
What’s So Great About NYC Ferry?
The routes where the ferry is serving weren’t serviced before and you are able to take a leisurely ride on a boat that offers free WiFi, an onboard café, and temperature control. There is no pushing or crowding like on a subway train. The ferries cost the same as a ride to Manhattan and now I can move to avoid anyone I like to watch the city go by with beautiful views from a vantage I rarely get. NYC ferry allows you to change your monotonous routine of counting the stops until you get to work. On some routes, there is also a free shuttle bus to get you to the ferry.
How Was The Ride on NYC Ferry?
The ride was on time and when I decided to take it on a weekday off-peak. when everyone was already at work. On the landing is where you get your tickets or you will be able to get them from the special app for this ferry, available for Apple and Android. Like I mentioned before the ride is $2.75 each way. An attendant takes your ticket as you board. I sat down the cabin was very spacious and clean but I wanted to see outside. The majority of the pictures were taken from the back of the boat (the stern right?). The weather wasn’t cooperating until we left the landing so the shots got better. I have to admit that I thought that I might get seasick on a boat this small, but thankfully I was good. Passing landmarks on the water made them so much bigger and more impressive. The ride itself was pretty smooth and takes about an hour, which is about the same as the train and benefits you the most if you work in the Financial District. There are now only two stops on this route, one at Sunset Park in Brooklyn and the last stop is at Pier 11 at the corner of Wall Street. But if you are coming towards Rockaway it makes getting off work early worth it to get to the beach.
Unless you are in a helicopter or have a drone, you won’t see bridges from this vantage point. So even if you are just looking to take pictures or sightseeing, this is one of the best values you’ll get in New York City.
Thoughts on NYC Ferry
Beautiful right? Just for the awe factor alone, I think that I will take the ferry more during the warmer months to fill up my memory card of scenic pictures of the water and make believe that I am in Venice, Italy for the ride. Do you have something similar in your town? Would you take a ride if you visit NYC? Tell me what you think in the comments below.