NEW YORK (WPIX)—An alternate route into Manhattan has opened for commuters on the east side. Despite the gloomy skies, the East River Ferry, run by NY Waterway took its inaugural ride at 7 a.m. Monday.
The ferry operates between Manhattan, on Wall Street and East 34th Street to different parts of Brooklyn, Queens, and Governor's Island (from Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Long Island City and Dumbo).
Departures are every 20 minutes during rush hour and 30 minutes during off-peak hours from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekends.
The ferry will be free until June 24th and then $4 afterward for a one-way, $12 for a day pass and $140 for a monthly pass
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz were among several local politicians who took part in the inaugural ferry ride.
Prior to the grand opening, NY Waterway utilized social media to promote the new ride.
People can follow them on Twitter @eastriverferry and @ridetheferry. There is also a facebook page at www.facebook.com/eastriverferry and people can check in on foursquare as well.
For more information on the East River Ferry, visit www.eastriverferry.com.