02/06/15 11:00am


In his recent State of the City address, Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed a citywide ferry service that would cost the same as a bus or train ride, including several new routes that would hopscotch along both sides of the East River and would reach as far as the Rockaways in Queens, Soundview in the Bronx, Coney Island in Brooklyn, and Stapleton in Staten Island, where new housing developments are currently under construction.  

Ferry service in New York City, aside from the Staten Island Ferry which is subsidized so that there is currently no fare, have proven difficult to sustain. The Rockaway link was recently shut down for lack of ridership and high cost (as much as $30 per passenger to run, with a lesser fare per person).

I like the idea of a beefed-up ferry service, and I have occasionally used the current service run by NY Waterway’s East River Ferry, which was inaugurated in 2011. The ferry is run as a shuttle, with seven stops on each side of the river: Midtown/34th Street, Hunters Point South, India Street in Greenpoint, North 6th Street and Schaefer Landing in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO, and Wall Street/Pier 11. The fare is $4.00 weekdays and $6.00 on weekends.

My experience with the East River Ferry is mixed. When I am wandering about the East Side and want a quick ride back to Hunters Point in Queens, from whence I can get the #7 train, the ferry should be a very convenient amenity. There’s only one boat per hour, though, and the last time I attempted it in December, I of course arrived just after the last boat left. I decided to get an M34 bus back to Penn Station, for expedience’ sake and also because it was 35 degrees and drizzling. The East River Ferry does run a shuttle bus that connects the 34th Street landing with Midtown. On other occasions, though, when the weather is pleasant and my usual bad luck is not with me, I can arrive and enjoy the weather for a short time before boarding. Other lines, also, use the landing and people who are not everyday riders can be easily confused about what boat to take.



01/06/14 10:00am


According to a study by the Economic Development Corporation, the East River Ferry is the cause of soaring property values in both Queens and Brooklyn neighborhoods along the waterfront route. The New York Post reports the details of the study, saying that since 2011 the ferry “increased total property value by $500 million for all homes within a mile of its stops.” The ferry is also cause of more than a half million square feet of new homes and businesses.

Since the city just announced in December that ferry service will extend to 2019, the EDC is now looking at more potential routes. One possible route would start up in Astoria, travel to Roosevelt Island and Long Island City, head to East 34th Street and then Wall Street’s Pier 11. And another begins in LIC, stops at East 23rd and Grand streets, and ends at Wall Street. The city’s even considering ferry service to LaGuardia Airport with potential connections at Wall, East 34th and East 90th Streets and Brooklyn Bridge Park.

East River Ferry Sends Property Values Soaring [NY Post]

Photo by mcmillianfurlow

12/16/13 9:00am


Mayor Bloomberg announced that the East River Ferry, which connects Long Island City to the Brooklyn Waterfront, Lower Manhattan, and Midtown Manhattan, will run until 2019. This is a five-year extension to the pilot project subsidized by the city, which launched in June 2011 and was set to end in June 2014. Crain’s reports that the fares for weekend service will increase to $6 from $4, and winter weekend service will decrease.

Mayor Bloomberg announced on Friday that ferry ridership has tripled since 2011. And Senator Gianaris released this statement regarding the news: “The extension of East River Ferry service through 2019 is welcome news for western Queens, an area in dire need of better mass transit due to woefully inadequate service on the 7 subway line. Hopefully, this step in the right direction will lead to continued attention to the mass transit needs of the growing community of Long Island City.”

East River Ferry Service Extended Until 2019 [Crain’s]

Photo by mcmillianfurlow

04/08/13 1:00pm

Halletts Point redevelopment is back in the news. The NYC EDC, which has backed the East River Ferry, is looking to extend the ferry service to Halletts Point.

From DNAinfo:

City and federal officials are looking for funding from Washington to expand the East River Ferry, pushing a plan that would bring the waterway service to Astoria’s developing Hallets Point peninsula and several other city neighborhoods.


The following was originally published January 4, 2013.

City and federal officials are looking for funding from Washington to expand the East River Ferry, pushing a plan that would bring the waterway service to Astoria’s developing Hallets Point peninsula and several other city neighborhoods.

Read more: http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20130404/astoria/officials-push-for-east-river-ferry-expansion-astorias-hallets-point#ixzz2Pt1zo2Ax




Image source: Lincoln Equities

The Halletts Point development has been back in the news recently. First, what is Halletts Point? It’s a new development planned for the waterfront along the land mass called Hallett’s Point, a peninsula that juts out into the East River (GMAP) just south of Astoria Park. It is home to the Astoria Houses, Build it Green! and a few other businesses (including the mysterious Hellgate Filming Studios), and Whitey Ford Field.

Here are some of the elements in this development:

  • Lincoln Equities is the developer.
  • Costs are estimated at $1 billion
  • The development could create jobs though construction and later, retail.
  • The mixed-use development is slated to have eight buildings on ten acres.
  • Three of the buildings would be on existing NYCHA property (Astoria Houses)
  • Seven of the buildings would be residential, containing 2,200 apartments
  • 20% of the units would be affordable housing, geared toward seniors.
  • The other 80% of the units would be market rate housing.
  • Heights of the buildings would range from 20 to 40 stories.
  • Other elements of the development could include a K-8 public school; retail, including a supermarket, drug store and restaurants; and a landscaped public esplanade along the East River.
  • An on-street bus layover facility would be built to accommodate increased transit needs.
  • Some streets would be remapped.
  • A water taxi dock (maybe an East River Ferry stop?) is also a possibility.
  • Parking is planned for the development.


01/18/13 1:00pm

Here is a roundup of properties we’ve featured on QueensNYC this week. There are two co-ops, a condo, and a house in the communities of LIC, Astoria, Bayside, and Beechhurst.


2-26 50th Ave, #7I, Long Island City, NY 11101 (GMAP) – This 1 bed/1 bath condo at The Yard in LIC is priced at $650,000. One of the thoughtful elements in the building is the use of reclaimed wood from old rail yards, used in the building’s lobby. There is also art hung in the building’s hallways. The kitchen is small but upscale stainless steel appliances are installed. Other amenities include an entertainment room, outdoor garden that includes hopscotch, swings and a see-saw, and a landscaped roof deck with barbecue pits. The location is about equidistant between the Vernon-Jackson 7 subway station (just one stop to Grand Central) and the Hunters Point East River Ferry dock. Gantry Park is also just a block away.


12/28/12 3:00pm


Image source: Otterman56 on Flickr

The Queens Chronicle reports that the establishment of future East River ferry service is looking good – the local politicians want to make it a permanent transit option. The current service is part of a 3 year pilot project, with the BillyBey Ferry Company as the current operator until June 2014. Originally, the ridership projections were 1.3 million for the three years (2011-2014). At this point 1.6 million passengers have ridden the ferry in just a year and a half.


12/11/12 2:00pm


Image source: MTA

Both Gothamist and DNAinfo have been chattering about the coming bus route between LIC and Williamsburg. This is what would happen:

The proposed route runs from the Williamsburg Bridge along Kent Avenue to Franklin Street in Greenpoint, and then on Green Street to McGuiness Boulevard before crossing the Pulaski Bridge and running up 11th Street in Long Island City.

And to return from Queens, the bus would travel on 21st Street to Jackson Avenue and then cross the Pulaski Bridge back on McGuiness Boulevard, Freeman Street, Franklin Street and then Wythe Avenue.


11/14/12 10:00am


Image source: Otterman56 on Flickr

As we wrote recently, new temporary ferry service has been set up between the Rockaways and Manhattan. And you never know – maybe one day it will become permanent. There is also a ferry service on the East River, called – appropriately – the East River Ferry, and of course there is the Staten Island Ferry. Traveling by ferry is such a different experience than using the subway or bus – have you ever ridden the ferry? Let us know in the comments or via twitter at @queensnycity!

11/01/12 10:30am


Image source: Otterman56 on Flickr.

Tipped of by Gothamist, we learned the East River Ferry is up and running. Here at QueensNYC, we’re a fan of the ferry, and wanted to pass on details about what’s new as they start up service again today:

The ferries will run on two modified routes: a northern loop, making stops at North Williamsburg, Long Island City, and East 34th Street; and a southern loop, making stops at North Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO, and Wall Street/Pier 11. There will be free transfers at North Williamsburg. In addition, NY Waterway will continue to operate its free bus service from E34thStreet on a limited schedule throughout the day. (more…)