The Destination Red Hook Photo Contest Winner Is...


red hook photo winner

Congratulations to Karen Yau Østensjø, the winner of Fairway Market's Destination Red Hook photo contest!

Karen captured this winning action shot of a distiller at Cacao Prieto/Widow Jane Distillery, after lunch in Red Hook. In this picture, he is pouring tastings of White Rum for visitors on a tour of the distillery.

Based in Manhattan's Upper East Side, Karen and her husband took the Red Hook ferry last weekend to explore the neighborhood. They typically visit Red Hook twice a year, but Karen said that during this trip, "we...

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Ferries, Red Hook

Weekday Rockaway Ferry Service To Continue, and Enhanced Weekend Service To Begin July 4th


Weekday ferry service between the Rockaways (Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive) and Lower Manhattan (Pier 11) will continue for at least the next six weeks, with the potential to continue the service through Labor Day weekend if ridership remains strong, announced Mayor Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Quinn, Deputy Mayor Steel and NYCEDC President Pinsky.

In addition, beginning July 4th, enhanced weekend service between the Rockaways and Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan will also start with the addition of one service run in each direction every Saturday and Sunday...

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Ferries, Rockaways

Expanded, Free Red Hook Summer Ferry to Launch Memorial Day Weekend


New York Water Taxi, Red Hook. Photo credit: Retrofresh! via Flickr

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn today announced the launch of an expanded, free Red Hook Summer Ferry that will operate weekends throughout the summer. The expanded service will begin May 25th and run from Pier 11 in Manhattan to a new stop at Van Brunt Street and then to IKEA, both in Red Hook. The Van Brunt Street stop will activate an existing, currently unused ferry landing, providing convenient access to the neighborhood’s dynamic commercial corridor and...

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Rockaway Ferry Holiday Modification: January 21


On Monday, January 21, SeaStreak will operate the normal Rockaway Ferry service with one slight change: The ferries that usually provide the connecting free transfer between Pier 11 and East 34th Street (the vessels from New Jersey) will be running on a modified schedule and therefore not timed to the Rockaway vessels. In order to provide this connection for the Rockaway riders, SeaStreak will be providing a free connecting shuttle bus between Pier 11 and East 34th Street. Get the schedule at

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Rockaways, Ferries

NYCruise Named "Port of the Year"


NYCEDC’s Jennifer Wertz, VP, Marketing (left) and Thomas Spina, VP of Cruise Operations (right) celebrate the win. Photo credit: The Avid Cruiser

Congratulations to NYCruise for winning the prestigious “Port of the Year” Award at this year’s Seatrade Med Cruise Convention in Marseille, France! Learn more about New York City's world-class ship terminals at

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Free Parking Available for Rockaway Ferry Service


New Seastreak ferry departing the Rockaways for Manhattan at sunset. Photo credit: Brian Craine/NYCEDC

Beginning the morning of Thursday, November 15, free parking will be available for passengers in the Rockaways taking the new ferry service to Manhattan. The parking lot, which was secured thanks to the assistance of National Grid, is across Beach Channel Drive from the new Rockaway ferry landing. The City recently partnered with Seastreak to begin offering this temporary ferry service while subway service in the Rockaways is suspended due to damage from Hurricane Sandy. Ferries depart the...

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New Rockaway Ferry Service



Helping to assist thousands impacted by Hurricane Sandy in the Rockaways, Mayor Bloomberg, New York City Economic Development Corporation and Seastreak today announced a partnership to provide temporary ferry service between the Rockaways and Manhattan while subway service on that route is suspended. Seastreak will operate the ferry service beginning this Monday, November 12.

  • Ferries will depart from Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive (
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East River Ferry Service to Resume Thursday, November 1


East River Ferry

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...

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The New York Commute



How should I get to work today? Photo credit: Jens Schott Knudsen via Flickr

It’s no surprise that most commuters in New York City get to work by public transit, with our famously extensive subway and bus system. When compared to the nation, the difference is striking: about 55 percent of commuters in the City use public transportation, compared to just 4.9 percent nationally. That's because across the United States, an overwhelming majority of commuters—about 86 percentdrive to work, whereas 28 percent of New Yorkers drive to work...

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New York Magazine: Reason #18 to Love New York? The East River Ferry.


Illustration by Peter Arkle

New York magazine hails our East River Ferry Service, which launched this year:

Since it launched in June, the East River Ferry, which currently stops at seven sites along the Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens riverfront, has transported nearly 600,000 people. That is 200,000 more riders than the city anticipated in the ferry’s entire first year. And yet, hopping aboard one of the ferries,...

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