2017-08-30 / Front Page

Rollin’ On The River

Celebrating the Astoria route launch were (l. to r.); NYS Senator Michael Gianaris, Councilman Ben Kallos, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Councilmembers Costa Constantinides and Ydanis Rodriguez, and DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. 

PHOTOS JASON D. ANTOSCelebrating the Astoria route launch were (l. to r.); NYS Senator Michael Gianaris, Councilman Ben Kallos, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Councilmembers Costa Constantinides and Ydanis Rodriguez, and DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. PHOTOS JASON D. ANTOSOfficials gathered to launch Queens’ latest ferry line on August 22. The Astoria route of the NYC Ferry at 3-10 Astoria Blvd. will connect western Queens to Midtown Manhattan, the Financial District, and to Roosevelt Island, including the new Cornell Tech campus. Traveling from Astoria to Roosevelt Island, back to Long Island City, then to East 34th Street and Wall Astoria’s ferry new landing is located at 3-10 Astoria Blvd. adjacent to the Astoria Houses.Astoria’s ferry new landing is located at 3-10 Astoria Blvd. adjacent to the Astoria Houses.Street in Manhattan, the entire stretch takes 45 minutes. The fare is $2.75 each way, just like the subway, and riders can download the NYC Ferry App to buy e-tickets to be scanned from their cellphones onboard the ferry. Up to now, our waterways have been a vastly underutilized resource. Ferries are a cost-effective means of transportation, owing in part to the fact that no tracks need to be laid down, no tunnels bored, and nothing needs to be moved out of the way. The ferry boasts climate-controlled comfort, onboard refreshments, Wi-Fi and charging stations, and allows bikes for $1 more. Thirty-day passes are also available.
—Annette Hanze Alberts

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