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East River Ferry – Traveling with a skyline view

Getting from Manhattan to Brooklyn leaves us car-free people with only a few options. You can cram onto a subway and head under the water for what will hopefully be a speedy, uneventful journey. You could take a cab, but that’s going to cost you an arm and a leg. There are a few public buses, but you need to live near the drop-off and pick-up points near the bridges for that to be a viable choice.

However, there is another method that involves fresh air, incredible views and a totally stress-free experience. And I take it as much as I can in the warmer months when I need to get from Manhattan to Greenpoint, Williamsburg or DUMBO in Brooklyn. For around $ 5, the solution to all of your commuting problems is the East River Ferry.

The pier at 34th Street & the East River can be a hike from the 6 train at 33rd Street, but when I hustle, it only takes about 10 minutes. Ferries run about every 20-30 minutes, so be ready for a wait if you just miss it. Sometimes to save a few minutes, I even hop on CitiBike which has a dock right next to the ferry landing.

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34th Street & East River, New York

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Opening Times

Mon - Fri 06:40 - 20:40, Sat - Sun 06:50 - 22:20


Tickets from: US$ 4


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)