East River Ferry

by Leslie on February 7, 2012

There are great Brooklyn neighborhoods like Williamsburg and Greenpoint that I hardly ever go to. It’s such a shame because they have some of the best restaurants, bars, and shops in the city, but it’s always been such a pain to get there from my neighborhood. I know it seems odd since I live in Brooklyn too, but the only train between us is the G, which is unreliable to stay the least (and not that close to me) – just check out this video. In the past I’ve taken the train into the city only to switch to the L to get out there, or taken a car service. But not anymore.

Sunday, Jolian and I took the East River Ferry for the first time. The boat service, which began running last June, connects Wall Street, Dumbo, South Williamsburg, North Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Long Island City, and East 34th Street. In the summer it adds Governors Island and Atlantic Avenue to its list of stops. A one-way ticket is $4, plus an extra $1 to bring aboard your bike. The double-decker catamaran was really nice with a open deck on top to enjoy the view. The best part was that the boat was on time and only took 10 minutes to get from our stop in Dumbo to North Williamsburg. I highly recommend it to anyone who lives along the East River, or even someone visiting who wants to get to know Brooklyn. I have to say, the boat ride made getting there half the fun!

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