New East River Ferry Commuter Service Begins This Month

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Seth Pinsky, announcing the new East River ferry service (photo by Brian Zumhagen/WNYC)

(Brian Zumhagen, WNYC) A new, year-round commuter ferry is coming to New York's East River this month. It will leave from East 34th Street and Pier 11 in Manhattan and make stops in Long Island City, Williamsburg and Dumbo.

The New York Waterway ferries will run every 20 minutes during rush hour and, in the summer, will stop at Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, as well as Governors Island.

"It will spur economic development on both sides of the river," said New York City Economic Development Corporation president Seth Pinsky, who announced details of the plans on Wednesday, "with literally thousands of residents within walking distance of the neighborhoods in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan being able to reap the benefits of this new service.”

The launch is scheduled for June 13 and rides will be free for the first 12 days. After that, a one-way ticket will cost $4.