By David Brand
Queens Daily Eagle
A ferry set sail from Long Island City to the Lower East Side yesterday, officially opening up Queens’ newest ferry line.
The Lower East Side Route is the sixth and final line planned for the initial phase of the NYC Ferry initiative, which launched in 2017. The ferries depart from Gantry Plaza State Park and enable Western Queens commuters to travel to the Lower East Side in about a half-hour.
“It’s official — the initial six routes of NYC Ferry system are now up and running,” said Mayor de Blasio. “NYC Ferries have turned the East River, which once divided New Yorkers, into a point of connection – and are helping us build a fairer city for all. With the launch of the Lower East Side route and the connecting NYC Ferry lines, residents of this historic neighborhood now have greater access to the rest of our city.”
The LES Route runs from LIC to Wall Street/Pier 11, a 32-minute trip with stops at Corlears Hook, Stuyvesant Cove and East 34th Street.
“Our city’s waterways are a unique resource that provide opportunities to expand the transportation options available to New Yorkers,” said Queens Council Member Paul Vallone, chair of the Committee on Economic Development. “I applaud this investment into our city’s rapidly growing ferry service and will continue to advocate for further expansions.”
After shuttling more than 6 million rides through the waterways around New York City, NYC Ferry had its first “man overboard” on Monday. A man jumped into the East River shortly after a Hunters Point-bound vessel departed DUMBO. The story was first reported by the Queens Daily Eagle