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In a move to help neighborhood businesses bounce back after Sandy, the city decided to expand free ferry service
that runs between Pier 11 in Manhattan to the pier at Ikea, adding in a stop near the Red Hook Fairway and more frequent trips (boats leave every 25 minutes) for the summer. Sure, it might be a little out of the way to get to lower Manhattan to board the ferry, but then, no one should underestimate how good it feels to arrive anywhere by boat.
Or, as Fort Defiance owner St. John Frizell told Gothamist when news broke about the ramped up ferry service, "If you've put off that trip to Red Hook all winter, now's the time—after one visit, you'll be hooked!” Perfect.