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…)

10/28/12 12:30pm


Image source: NYC Office of Emergency Management

As you are no doubt aware, we’ve got a hurricane nipping at our heels. Hurricane Sandy is on its way here and it looks bad – and it will become even worse because it’s scheduled to have a meetup with a Nor’easter – the collision of these two storms have caused some weather folks to nickname the whole thing, “Frankenstorm” – this is ironic especially since we are so close to Halloween. “Turduckenstorm” has also made an appearance as well – a storm within a storm.

On a more serious note, over on the Facebook page for Craig Allen – the meteorologist at CBS 880 AM, is some good information. Here’s a storm tracking map - all the possible predictable paths the storm could take.

Image source: CBS 880 AM

Would have been great if the storm took the path of that outer green path. And here’s the storm along the Southeast coast (click to enlarge).


Image source: CBS 880 AM

It’s a big one. (more…)