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From Monday, August 23, NYC Ferry is starting a service from Hell’s Kitchen to Staten Island. It will be the first time that the city-backed service, provided by Hornblower, has served Staten Island or operated on the west side of Manhattan on the Hudson River.
The service expands the options for locals who want to use the ferry to commute or explore the 5 boroughs. Last month we reported on the NY Waterway weekend service sponsored by IKEA to let shoppers visit Red Hook in Brooklyn for free at weekends.
This new route will transport riders from Pier 79 at W 39th Street to the northern tip of Staten Island in just 35 minutes, with a stop at Battery Park City along the way. It will provide a faster option for Staten Island commuters heading to the city.
The new St George landing in Staten Island will allow west siders to shop at the Empire Outlets and explore the borough’s cultural attractions, like the Sailors’ Snug Harbor.
The journey will not be as inexpensive as the classic free trip on the Staten Island Ferry — but NYC Ferry offers single fares of $2.75 for the journey, the same as the MTA subway ticket.
You won’t need to wait more than 45 minutes for a ferry — and at rush hour the frequency of sailings increases to 30 minutes. The full schedule can be found here…