Aboard the East River Ferry’s Maiden Voyage

06/13/2011 10:34 AM |

The schedule, route and fares, posted at the gate to the North 6th Street ferry landing.
  • The schedule, route and fares, posted at the gate to the North 6th Street ferry landing.

After months of anticipation, and pier construction that’s still underway, the East River Fairy made its maiden voyage this morning, although it was the second ferry to come into the landing at North 6th Street in Williamsburg that all the assembled politicians—including Mayor Bloomberg, Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz, Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer, Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, local district leader Lincoln Restler—boarded.

Photo-op before getting onboard.
  • Photo-op before getting on board.

The New York Waterways ferry pulls in between freshly-driven pylons at North 6th Street.
  • The New York Waterways ferry pulls in between freshly-driven pylons at North 6th Street.

Up on deck, Captain Michael Muia takes us to the next pier on the northbound route, at India Street in Greenpoint.
  • Up on deck, Captain Michael Muia takes us to the next pier on the northbound route, at India Street in Greenpoint.

These earlybird kayakers were parked and waving near the Long Island City ferry landing at Hunts Point.
  • These early-bird kayakers were parked and waving near the Long Island City ferry landing at Hunts Point.

All the important people got off at 34th Street and into waiting cars, concluding their ceremonial use of sustainable and public transportation.
  • All the important people got off at 34th Street and into waiting cars, concluding their ceremonial use of sustainable and public transportation.

Back on schedule after losing the precious cargo and headed to the landing at South Williamsburg, we passed one of the other two rush hour ferries. At off-peak hours there will only be two ferries on the route.
  • Back on schedule after losing the precious cargo and headed to the landing at South Williamsburg, we passed one of the other two rush hour ferries. At off-peak hours there will only be two ferries on the route.

The East River Ferry remains free through June 24, at which point single fare will be $4 with a $1 surcharge for bringing a bicycle on board. A day pass is $12, and a monthly pass is $140. On summer Fridays the route extends to Atlantic Avenue and Governors Island.