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On the NYC Ferry: Expanding the Neighborhood from Roosevelt Island

Updated 25 weeks ago David Stone
August 29th, 2017, opening day sunrise, Roosevelt Island NYC Ferry Landing
August 29th, 2017, opening day sunrise, Roosevelt Island NYC Ferry Landing
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

Your Manhattan-centric sense of things wavers, then relaxes, the minute you step onto a NYC Ferry at the Roosevelt Island Landing. You're finally free to go to exciting locations in Queens and Brooklyn as well as Manhattan without descending underground. By summer's end, you can add the Bronx to that list, so climb on-board, let the wind ruffle your hair on the upper deck or hang out downstairs with a snack or a beverage as the East River becomes your highway.

The only problem we had with the gift of ferry service to and from Roosevelt Island, last year, was that, by the time it began, with RIOC President/CEO Susan Rosenthal the first person arriving for work by ferry on August 29th, summer was nearly over, leaving little prime time left for exploration and adventure.

There'll be more too come, this year, but we had time to take you along for a quick, casual trip to Long Island City, first stop away from Roosevelt Island, FDR Four Freedoms Park still in view across the East Channel.

Gantry Park Ferry Landing, Long Island City
Gantry Park Ferry Landing, Long Island City
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

Later, winter couldn't keep us from discovering the Italian dining indulgence of Maiella, a first class restaurant just steps away from the Gantry Park Landing, tucked in quietly behind the famous Pepsi Cola sign. In warmer weather, they open an outdoor patio where the theme "dining on the water" comes fully to life.

Chef at work at Maiella in Long Island City
Chef at work at Maiella in Long Island City

We'll do more as spring swells into long, summer days, and we'll share them with you. But nothing beats getting out and doing it for yourself. We hope you'll share your experiences with our other readers.

First, you'll want to download the NYC Ferry App. This gives you easy access to route information and makes it easy to buy tickets on the fly.

Once you're set to ride, tickle your imagination with all the routes on a map or make it simple with the Astoria Route schedule, which services Roosevelt Island and easily connects you with all the others.

The Tram may always be your favorite alternative for stepping away from home for a while, but with so many more easy opportunities now available, adding the NYC Ferry to your tools for adventure makes a great alternative.

See you on-board!

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