Ferry Bridges Rockaway And Manhattan By Brian Magoolaghan
Ford Motor Company’s Mera Kumar and magazine editor Trisha McMahon Drain enjoy the view of Coney Island.
Starting this weekend, Rockaway residents destined for Manhattan have a new travel option—the ferry from Riis Landing.
The Manhattan-bound boat departs at 10:15 a.m. and reaches the South Street Seaport by about 11:30 a.m. The return ferry leaves the Seaport at 5:15 p.m., with another departing East 34 Street a half hour later.
The ferry will also bring Manhattan beachgoers to the Gateway National Recreation Area.
One-way fare is $13 for adults, $11 for seniors, and $6.50 for children. The service runs through Labor Day. Call NY Waterway at 1-800-533-3779 for more information. Glancing back at Manhattan’s lower east side. NY Waterway’s ferry travels up to 32 knots per hour, and can leave quite a wake.
|Congressman Weiner steps out on deck to see the Statue of Liberty as the ferry passes her.||Queens Borough President Helen Marshall announcing the ferry service, at a Manhattan press conference. From l to r, Meera Kumar of the Ford Motor Company, Marshall, Gateway National Park Superintendent Marc Koening, Congressman Anthony Weiner, and NY Waterway’s John Ruzich.|
|The Rockaway side. Congressman Weiner, l, and Boro President Marshall, r, were warmly greeted upon arriving at Riis Landing. City Councilman Joseph Addabbo, Jr., second from left, and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, second from right, were among the welcoming committee.|