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All aboard the new ferry from Hell’s Kitchen to Staten Island! Well, when we say “all”, it was actually just me who took up the option to pay $2.75 for the competitor to one of the world’s most famous free rides, the Staten Island Ferry.
The first departure from the Midtown Ferry Terminal was at 7:14 this morning. The ship did bring in a few passengers from Staten Island who had boarded at St. George — but I was the only one heading south on this inaugural ferry ride. It is 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.
Sadly (or maybe it was best for my safety in this weather), I was not allowed on the top deck. Also, disappointingly there was no hot water for tea or coffee at the food concession onboard this morning.
We got into a slight disagreement with the hawker at the main terminal. When we suggested she should also say Hell’s Kitchen in her “spiel”, she told us: “It’s not Hell’s Kitchen, it’s actually Hudson Yards!”
This new route transports 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.
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…
And it looks like there will be demand for the service — as our video of these last-minute commuters on the free Staten Island Ferry shows. At $2.75, it will be a great alternative for anyone who usually gets a free ferry and subway to work in Midtown (or, indeed, Hudson Yards).