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NYC Ferry's 2 New Routes - What Do They Mean for Roosevelt island?

Updated 18 weeks ago David Stone
August 29th, 2017, the First Astoria Route Ferry heads north to kick off the newest system link.
August 29th, 2017, the First Astoria Route Ferry heads north to kick off the newest system link.
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UPDATE: NYC Ferry announced opening dates for two new lines. Neither the Lower East Side (August 29th) nor the Soundview (August 15th) routes expanding the NYC Ferry network this summer directly touch Roosevelt Island, but that doesn't mean they won't offer volumes of new opportunities for work, community and discovering New York City.

Because it opened late in the summer, last year, the Astoria Route that runs to and from Roosevelt Island gave us much easier access to more opportunities to explore than we had time to capture before colder weather set in. But we were able to traipse around Williamsburg's emerging riverfront neighborhoods, take quick excursions to our next door neighbors in Long Island City, including Italian fine dining at Maiella under the historic Pepsi Cola sign, and reduce our time to lower Manhattan by at least half.

NYC Ferry's 2 New Routes - What Do They Mean for Roosevelt island?
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When spring cuts the winter chill, for 2018, we'll add new trips to Corlears Hook and Stuyvesant Cove in the Lower East Side. Both will be easy because the new LES Route connects with the Astoria in at the East 34th Street hub. 

Historic Pepsi Sign, Gantry Park, Long island City
Historic Pepsi Sign, Gantry Park, Long island City
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island City

Just ask for a transfer after boarding the ferry at Roosevelt Island. You'll be in new neighborhoods in minutes.

Previously, the Astoria Route whizzed past these locations on its mid-river cruise to Wall Street. Now, you can catch what amounts to a local.

At East 34th Street, you will also be able to get onboard for new landings at 90th Street in Manhattan, just north of Carl Schurz Park and, for the first time, the Bronx on the Soundview Route.

"One of the central ideas of NYC Ferry was to open up opportunity, to connect people to jobs, to connect people to education, to give them a chance to get around their own city in ways they just don’t have right now," said Mayor Bill de Blasio at a press briefing, last week.

On the street in Williamsburg
On the street in Williamsburg
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island City

Whether its better access to a job or school or just the adventure of getting to know this great city better, our opportunities expand this summer.

We'll be there to report on our own adventures. Let us know about yours.

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