Mayor Trumpets Launch of Lower East Side Ferry Route


Mayor de Blasio came to the Lower East Side this morning to herald the arrival of the sixth and final route in the city’s new ferry system. He gathered with community leaders at Corlears Hook, where service is now being offered up the east side, across to Queens and down to Wall Street.

You can find route details here.

The mayor was introduced today by Michael Marino, a resident of the East River Co-op and head of Friends of Corlears Hook Park. During brief remarks, Marino said the ferry would make commuting to work a lot easier for many locals (including himself) and also be a big boost for the park.

The Lower East Side route makes stops at East 34th Street, Stuyvesant Cove and Pier 11, in addition to Long Island City and Corlears Hook. Since launching in May of last year, the ferry has carried more than 6 million passengers. The mayor said, “NYC ferries have turned the East River, which once divided New Yorkers, into a point of connection – and are helping us build a fairer city for all. With the launch of the Lower East Side route and the connecting NYC Ferry lines, residents of this historic neighborhood now have greater access to the rest of our city.”

Throughout Corlears Hook Park, the city has installed signage directing people to the ferry. During community meetings, some residents have expressed concerns about the transportation infrastructure to get people from the ferry to their final destinations. This morning, at least, there were plenty of bikes in the Corlears Hook Citi Bike station. Locals have also been urging the MTA to step up service on the 14A bus, which stops on Cherry Street at Jackson Street.

Walking briskly this morning, we made it from Grand Street and Pitt Street to the ferry landing in just over 9 minutes.




Lower East Side Ferry Begins Service Aug. 29


The city announced today that the new Lower East Side ferry route will launch on Wednesday, Aug. 29.

You’ve seen the dock along the East River. It’s located just below the Bandshell and Corlears Hook Park. The Lower East Side route will offer service to and from Wall Street, Corlears Hook, Stuyvesant Cove, East 34th Street and Long Island City.

Schedules have already been published. If you’re headed to work on Wall Street, you’ll be able to hop on as early as 6:57 a.m., arriving at your destination 7 minutes later. If you work in East Midtown, you could catch the Corlears Hook ferry as early as 7:06, arriving at 34th Street by 7:25. The boats will leave just about every 30 minutes, with service ending nightly at around 9:30 p.m.


Lower East Side Ferry Landing Now Under Construction


Have you noticed the big crane operating in the East River near Corlears Hook Park? It’s part of NYC Ferry’s summer 2018 expansion plan.

A Lower East Side route will be added in a few months, connecting the neighborhood with Wall Street, Stuyvesant Town, East 34th Street and Long Island City. The 90-foot long ferry landing near the East River Bandshell will be able to accommodate three boats at a time.

NYC Ferry attracted almost 3 million riders last year. The city has not been specific about a launch date, but don’t expect it at the very beginning of the summer.