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From Saturday, you can hop a free NY Waterway ferry from the Pier 79/Midtown Terminal at W39th Street and sail to Red Hook. The new service will run on weekends for the rest of the summer — and it won’t cost you a cent, thanks to IKEA.
The journey takes 45 minutes and stops at Brookfield Place/Battery Park City and Pier 11/Wall Street along the way.
While for many the main attraction will be to explore IKEA, there are plenty of other things to do in Red Hook — here’s a local guide.
The free service to the Red Hook furniture store was offered in the past, but it was stopped during the pandemic.
The ferries depart the Midtown Terminal returning from Red Hook, with a stop at Battery Park (2022 Summer Schedule below)
NY Waterways still requires a mask inside the ferry terminals and cabins — but if you want to ride on the open-air decks you can ditch the face-covering.
“We are excited to reintroduce our ferry service to our customers after a year off. At IKEA we believe that sustainability, accessibility and affordability should be included in every aspect of our customers’ journey,” said Mike Baker, IKEA’s New York Market Manager.