An NYC Ferry Rendezvous

NYC Ferry, Rendezvous En New York

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?

NYC Ferry, Rendezvous En New York
Rockaway Park Landing, NYC

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?

NYC Ferry, Rendezvous En New York
Getting our tickets and checking the arrival time

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.

NYC Ferry, Rendezvous En New YorkUnless 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.

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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.

NYC Ferry, Rendezvous En New York
Until our next rendezvous…






  46 comments for “An NYC Ferry Rendezvous

  1. May 28, 2017 at 7:18 AM

    I remember xhen the SI ferry was a quarter!! This post got to me in a way that makes me miss NYC so much!!!!!!!!!

    • May 28, 2017 at 7:09 PM

      But you visit a lot, right? And the Staten Island Ferry is free now.

  2. Jim
    May 28, 2017 at 9:47 AM

    thanks for taking us along. wonderful pictures!

    • May 28, 2017 at 7:10 PM

      You are welcome! I love taking pictures. I’m glad that you enjoyed them.

  3. May 28, 2017 at 10:12 AM

    Adding this to my list of things to do when I get around to visiting NYC!

    • May 28, 2017 at 7:12 PM

      And by summer’s end, there will be more routes added! Also, don’t forget the Staten Island Ferry for great views of the Statue of Liberty.

  4. May 28, 2017 at 11:34 AM

    I’ve taken the ferry countless times in Seattle- it’s tough for me because I’m terrified of fish/things that live in water. (I logically know that if I fall off of a ferry, touching a fish is the least of my worries…) however, this is pretty beautiful, and I’ve added it to my NYC to do list!!

    • May 28, 2017 at 7:14 PM

      Thank you. If you are frightened you can stay inside the cabin, I just had to get the pictures even though I was nervous about losing my balance. But the trip was pretty smooth either way.

  5. May 28, 2017 at 11:58 AM

    Wow what great views!

    • May 28, 2017 at 7:20 PM

      Yes, they were beautiful. I was blessed that the weather cleared up like it did.

  6. May 28, 2017 at 4:51 PM

    Marvelous! Thank you for that special ride. We took the SI ferry a number of times just for the ride. If we lived in the city, we would certainly take this one.

    • May 29, 2017 at 12:21 AM

      The Rockaway line is close to Long Island, you could drive to the ferry.

  7. May 28, 2017 at 11:21 PM

    Helpful tips …. Will come handy if I get to visit someday….

    • May 29, 2017 at 12:22 AM

      Thank you for taking the time to look.

  8. May 29, 2017 at 7:16 PM

    I so want to do this. Ironically, for the next few weeks (until my office moves) I work at Brooklyn Army Terminal, which is right by the pier for the Sunset Park Stop. And when they expand the service to Astoria later in the summer. that dock will be really close for me too. But I love being out on the water so for 2.75 I’m in!

    • May 29, 2017 at 9:07 PM

      You’ll love it. And get lots of good shots!

      • May 29, 2017 at 9:09 PM

        I know, but you did pretty damn good yourself!

  9. June 7, 2017 at 4:50 AM

    When I lived in Hawaii, my favorite commute was one where I biked to the ferry and left my car on the other side. A scenic commute definitely helps make going to work a better experience!

  10. June 7, 2017 at 9:23 AM

    I haven’t taken the N.Y. Ferry in many years, but I do remember it was a pleasant experience. I love the many options to explore areas of New York. You can never tired of New York.

    • June 8, 2017 at 9:13 AM

      Agreed, you can’t.

  11. June 7, 2017 at 12:13 PM

    i loved this post! made me remember when i was younger in NYC and took that ferry, good times! i did got a little sea seek lol but totally worth it!!. it was the best experience i had. God i do miss NYC lol

    • June 8, 2017 at 9:12 AM

      No one ever gets NYC out if their system!

  12. June 8, 2017 at 5:28 AM

    Looks like a surefire way to see a nice view of NYC without the traffic!! Loved the pictures as well!

    • June 8, 2017 at 9:10 AM

      I’m glad that you liked the pictures and I’m always looking for ways to avoid traffic.

  13. June 11, 2017 at 8:21 AM

    These have got to be photoshopped. Views of new York that don’t look cluttered and chaotic? No way ?

    • June 11, 2017 at 9:55 AM

      That’s because, I wasn’t in Manhattan during rush hour. I live in the outer boroughs, so no Photoshop needed most of the time .

  14. June 11, 2017 at 1:50 PM

    Oh I wish I went on the ferries when I was in NYC. The weather was just to bad but this post makes me want to
    Definitely make sure I get on one next time!

    • June 11, 2017 at 2:21 PM

      Definitely, do it!

  15. June 20, 2017 at 1:04 PM

    Some like a good option for cheap sightseeing.

    • June 24, 2017 at 5:12 AM

      Yes, it is especially on a budget!

  16. August 7, 2017 at 3:59 PM

    Tthis looks fun. A much better way to get around if you ask me. The price is unbeatable as well. Thanks for sharing your photos with us.

    • August 7, 2017 at 5:22 PM

      I’ve been on it a couple mire times since I wrote this post and it has become more popular than they intended. So there have been waits for boats for over an hour.

      • August 8, 2017 at 5:57 PM

        Oh what a bummer…well at least it makes for a fun experience for those who have never been on it before making it worth the wait.

        • August 8, 2017 at 10:14 PM

          It’s ok. I expected a few hiccups because they have tried to implement a ferry system before that wasn’t used and the service was discontinued. So now that they’ve had a million riders in four months, it should secure the service. And get more boats if necessary.

          • August 10, 2017 at 12:39 PM

            Oh really? Well in that case I guess being so busy is a good thing. Maybe this will set things into motion with securing ferry transportations

  17. August 7, 2017 at 5:06 PM

    By the way, target date for the Astoria extension is August 29th. I run by the landing at Hallett’s Cove, and they are literally working on the Roosevelt Island and new LIC landing (for this ferry only) right now. Only thing I was slightly disappointed in was that you apparently won’t be able to go from Astoria to Rockaway in one go, but will be Astoria-Pier 11 and Pier 11 to Rockaway.

    • August 7, 2017 at 5:21 PM

      That’s the only issue that I have as well. You have to take multiple ferries. I took the one from Brooklyn Bridge Park to 34th street in Manhattan and it stopped at Long Island City, Gantry Plaza Park and the Hunts Point Queens, Park. I was disappointed that there were no transfers or connections. There is no way for me to get to Brooklyn Bridge Park or Long Island City otherwise, unless I take a long train ride. And as you mentioned, it would be great to get to the beach more easily.

      • August 7, 2017 at 5:32 PM

        In typical NY fashion when you look at the map of all them it looks convoluted, probably because it was never envisioned as a seamless service. I’m hoping once they add all the new routes that they rethink the map. I read over the weekend how they totally underestimated how many people would want to go out to the Rockaways! I mean, 2.75 and I can get a beer or wine, or coffee and be on the water instead of a hot overcrowded subway? I guess I lucked out when I went that people hadn’t gotten wise to it yet!

        • August 7, 2017 at 7:23 PM

          Yes me too! When I took it on the weekend, it was crowded from Brooklyn Bridge. Lovely ride though. I want them to streamline it for Summer, I don’t think the numbers will be big in the Winter.

          • August 7, 2017 at 7:52 PM

            Probably not but I’m the crazy soul that would be out on deck in late fall/winter ?

            • August 7, 2017 at 7:53 PM

              The skies would be super clear! Great pictures!

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