Riding the East River Ferry

Brave boaters in the East River off of Long Island City.

A wonderful new thing called the East River Ferry just started, offering public transportation via boat from Manhattan to Queens to Brooklyn to Governors Island. I caught it the second weekend it opened and was having temporarily free service (and free iced coffee!). Below are some of the sites from the surprisingly quick moving ferry, which I got on and off at Long Island City, Williamsburg, and DUMBO. I’m not sure how popular it will be with commuters (it’s rather impossible for me, could there be a stop in Gowanus?), but it was fun to ride.

Speeding down the East River.


Here is a power plant in Manhattan viewed from the ferry, with a line of boats riding by.

Docking in Williamsburg.

Approaching the Williamsburg Bridge


Helicopter hovering by the Manhattan Bridge.


I took a break in Brooklyn Bridge Park for an almond croissant.


And I found that the Play for Hope pianos were back! Too bad I'm not much of a piano player.


I ended the morning adventure with some reading and people watching in front of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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