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East River Ferry
3rd Annual BEST WINGS IN BROOKLYN COMPETITION
Saturday FEB 25th, 2012, beginning at 2:00 pm
at RED STAR (37 Greenpoint Avenue)
** FREE ADMISSION & FREE WINGS ALL DAY LONG **
Take the G train or B43/B61 bus to Greenpoint Ave
or East River Ferry to India St Pier
*No L train service on Saturday*
Proceeds to benefit the Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation
For more info visit: www.RedStarNy.com
Follow on Twitter (@RedStarNY) to win VIP tixx and to move to the head of the line!!!
We live in the best borough in the world! Instead of spending money on a plane ticket, we decided to take a much needed staycation in Brooklyn. Hotel Williamsburg was generous to sponsor Greenpointers for a two night stay, while we toured the area.
We were tempted to lock ourselves in the hotel room and listen to records all weekend. The gigantic plush king size bed was a main attraction and we found ourselves making giant Xs and saying, “I miss you, where are you?” The window from the bedroom into the bathroom made urinating very interesting and the view of McCarren Park’s red tailed hawk pair was a score!
We had an intinerary, not a very ambitious one. The beauty of the staycation is you don’t have to fit it all in because there is always next weekend.
Friday night we took the East River Ferry over to Dumbo for a nostalgic ride on Jane’s Carousel. There isn’t a better view of Brooklyn than from the ferry and there isn’t a better spot for an old timey carousel than under the Brooklyn Bridge, which is housed in a modern glass building. And $2 per ride makes this a great budget attraction. Continue reading
Earlier this week, I greeted my work day aboard the upper deck of the East River Ferry, which just started service from Greenpoint’s brand new India St. Pier. My fellow passengers and I lined the ships railings like wide-eyed pilgrims, taking in the curious wonders of the shoreline as we passed. We arrived at 34th street in under ten minutes, our sea legs barely earned.
Once in Manhattan however, the connecting shuttle bus detailed on the pier’s ferry map failed to materialize and I ended up walking the twenty or so blocks to my midtown office. I did eye some possible pre-ferry/after work watering holes within the squeaky clean blocks of Murray Hill (Pinetree Lodge you may have a Greenpoint regular). I would recommend bringing your bike as the travel options from that far east on the island are pretty limited and are not eligible for a transfer. Over all the experience was pleasant but not entirely practical.
The weekend service was a different story. On Saturday, my girlfriend and I waited for twenty-five minutes amongst a growing crowd on the pier, which was shadeless and hot in the mid-morning sun. The boat eventually docked and soon a ferryman approached us from the opposite side of the gate. “Only 6 of you…” He told the crowd of about fifty, a dozen of them a group of teenage bicyclists perhaps hoping to spend the day riding and picnicking on the lush greens of Governors Island. The lucky few hurried on board, the rest of us left to wait another half-hour on the pier, or to give up entirely.
I’m sure ridership will drop-off significantly once NY Waterways begins charging four-dollars a ride and I do understand that they need a few weeks to work out the kinks (they’ve already issued and advisory addressing capacity issues), but their slogan “Relax. We’ll get you there.” might take some time to stick. Our neighborhood has been underserviced for a long time and the Ferry is certainly part of the solution, but it may take some coordination with the MTA before a sea voyage becomes a practical part of many Greenpointers commutes.
Spotted this pic on Facebook this morning – Greenpointer Greg M. snapped this shot of the East River Ferry’s “Area Attractions”. Lucky spots like Paulie Gee’s, Brooklyn Label, Black Rabbit, Unleash Brooklyn, Permanent Records, and Habitat are featured on the map. My favorite part is how they spelled Brooklyn (in “Brooklyl Label”) wrong… Really? Doesn’t anyone proofread these things?
The East River Ferry starts running tomorrow, and Greenpoint is lucky enough to have a stop via India Street. Service is every 20 minutes during peak hours (7:30am-9:30am and 4:30pm-7:00pm) and every 30 minutes the rest of the day (ending at 9pm). It’s free for the first two weeks, so make sure you get a ride in before the fares begin (one way tickets will be $4). Check out the whole schedule and fare list here and a list of the local sponsors here.
You can bet your booty that I’ll be taking a boat to work tomorrow, even though I work a mile away and this is sure to take much longer. But come on! FREE BOAT RIDE! WEEEEE!!!!!
June 13th is the day the new East River Ferry will launch its service connecting Dumbo, North and South Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Long Island City to Lower and Midtown Manhattan. And until June 25th it’ll be FREE.