More Than a Commute
The ferry being extended is good for Rockaway but ridership must stay high. For those who have not taken the ferry or only take it occasionally because it is not as convenient to get to work, here is an idea.
Arrange to meet people who work in the city downtown or just use the ferry for a night out. Take the 4:35 p.m. ferry. With the sun setting you will be able to watch a great sunset while riding the ferry. Then when you get to the city, get off the ferry and go to a happy hour.
Within walking distance to Pier 11 are a whole bunch of very unique watering holes. At 54 Pearl Street is Fraunces Tavern, a historical place where George Washington gave his farewell speech to his officers at the end of the Revolutionary War. Fraunces Tavern is always busy, so call ahead for a table. Beckett’s Bar & Grill at 81 Pearl Street is in a building that goes back to 1603. Also on Pearl Street are Mad Dog Beans at 83 Pearl Street and Ulysses A Folk House at 95 Pearl Street.
Another good street to visit is Stone Street, rumored to be the first paved street in New York. On Stone Street you can visit Dubliner at 45 Stone Street, The Growler at 55 Stone Street, Vintry Wine & Whiskey at 57 Stone Street and Stone Tavern at 52 Stone Street.
Then catch the 7:50 p.m. ferry back to Rockaway. Once back, go for dinner at one of the fine Rockaway restaurants all within walking distance to the Ferry Landing at Beach 108th Street. Dalton’s on Beach 108th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Belle Harbor Steak House on Beach 116th Street, Irish Circle on Beach 102nd Street and Rockaway Beach boulevard and Thai Rock and Bungalow on Beach 92nd Street and Beach Channel Drive.
With the $7 round trip cost for the ferry, this is the cheapest and most enjoyable way to have a very unique night out that includes the city and Rockaway. It would be a night to remember.