Lower East Side Ferry Line Embarks August 29
The date is set.
The new Lower East Side ferry route officially begins service on August 29. It’ll embark from the Corlears Hook landing that has been under construction since late-winter, before the Mayor officially kicked it off.
(Soundview date is August 15.)
Lower East Side and Soundview (Bronx) are the final routes of the city’s ambitious NYC Ferry endeavor. As such, there is little fanfare at launch, a fact further confirmed by the Economic Development Corp., which oversees the commuter ferry operation.
“We’re excited to launch NYC Ferry service in the Bronx, the Upper East Side and the Lower East Side, which have historically been transit deserts,” said NYCEDC President James Patchett. “For the same cost of a subway ride, New Yorkers that live and work in these communities will now have a fast, affordable and convenient way to get around the city.”
As previously reported, this new Lower East Side line – part of a $55 million expansion three years in the making – will connect residents with so-called “job centers” in Midtown, the Financial District, and Long Island City. There are five stops on this 32-minute river journey: the trip begins at Pier 11, then to Corlears Hook, Stuyvesant Cove, East 34th Street, and terminating at Gantry Park in Long Island City.
Hornblower is the ferry operator providing service on behalf of the City.
Since launch in May 2017, the NYC Ferry system has served more than 5 million New Yorkers. They expect 9 million customer by 2023.