This morning, the first three boats acquired for the soon to launch NYC Ferry Service crossed the harbor from Liberty Landing in New Jersey, docking for the first time at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. In coordination, arrival and departure schedules for the Astoria route, including Roosevelt Island, were released.
With just two weeks to go before NYC Ferry begins service, Mayor Bill de Blasio was on hand as the first of three boats reaching Brooklyn today was christened.
"Named 'Lunchbox' by Bay Ridge’s P.S. 170 2nd graders, the first ferry was christened by Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, who will serve as 'godmother' to the ferry boat," according to the Mayor's office.
As for Roosevelt Island and the rest of the Astoria route, services will begin at a so far unspecified date in August. Weekdays, a ferry arrives from Astoria in time to depart at 6:36 a.m., reaching Wall Street at 6:58. Arrivals and departures will take place at 20 minute intervals throughout rush hours.
Fares match the price of a subway ride: $2.75, although there will be no free transfers and MetroCards will not be honored, at least at first.