The New York Times: "East River Ferries Are a Hit"
The East River service is an experiment to spur development in revitalized sections of the industrial riverfront in Queens and Brooklyn. The boats connect Midtown and the financial district near Wall Street with, for the fall and winter, five spots on the east side of the river.
On weekdays, the boats have been running every 20 minutes during peak commuting hours, attracting people who live in new condominiums in Brooklyn and work in Manhattan. But on weekends, they have been drawing a more diverse crowd of foreign tourists and locals heading to the Brooklyn Flea in Williamsburg or to Brooklyn Bridge Park. . . .
According to data supplied by city officials, nearly 350,000 people have paid to ride the ferries since late June, far more than the 134,000 they had projected. On weekdays, the number of riders has averaged 2,862, almost double the forecast of 1,488.
Get more information on riding the East River Ferry on the NY Waterway website.