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Great news for New York City residents looking for ways to commute to Manhattan: Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Quinn, and NY Waterway today announced that a modified East River Ferry service will begin tomorrow morning, Thursday, November 1.
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 E34th Street on a limited schedule throughout the day.
The ferries running on the northern loop will carry 149 passengers and arrive at each stop in 15-minute intervals, while the ferries on the southern loop will carry 399 passengers and arrive at each stop in 30-minute intervals. This schedule will allow the ferries to carry the greatest number of passengers.
The first ferries, for both routes, will leave from North Williamsburg at approximately 7 a.m., and the last ferries will leave from E 34th Street and Wall Street/Pier 11 at approximately 6 p.m.
Ferry stops in Greenpoint and South Williamsburg will remain closed until further notice, as damage from Hurricane Sandy continues to be assessed.
Due to damage to ticketing equipment, NY Waterway will be selling tickets on-board the ferry, available for purchase by cash only. Customers are encouraged to download the NY Waterway ferry app, available to download for free from www.nywaterway.com, the Android Marketplace and the iTunes App Store, and will work with all Android and Apple iOS-run smart phones as well as the iPad.
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