August 28, by Nathaly Pesantez
The Astoria ferry route, connecting western Queens to Roosevelt Island and Manhattan, is making its debut tomorrow morning after months of planning and preparation, according to a spokesperson for the Economic Development Corporation.
The complete route, unveiled by the NYC Ferry last week, will begin operating at 6:30 a.m. from Hallet’s Cove in Astoria, where ferries will make their way to Roosevelt Island, Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, go across to East 34th Street in Manhattan, and make its way down the eastern coast of Manhattan to Pier 11 at Wall Street. The entire route takes approximately 45 minutes to go through.
Ferries will begin service at 6:30 a.m. every day, and wrap up between 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm. They will take off every 25 minutes during morning (6:30 am – 9:50am) and evening (3:40pm to 6:35pm) peak hours, and will run every 50 minutes in between. The ferries will run every 33 minutes on weekends.
All NYC Ferry routes feature temperature controlled vessels, onboard refreshments, and will soon have Wi-Fi and charging stations on all. One way tickets for adults cost $2.75.
The existing East River route will still be in service.
NYC Ferry has partnered with Bytemark, a mobile ticketing company, in implementing a mobile app where riders can purchase e-tickets and view maps and schedules on the go. The NYC Ferry app is available for Apple and Android.
Plans for the Astoria route were put into motion after Hornblower, a marine hospitality company, was awarded a contract with NYC Ferry by the Economic Development Corporation.
Details for the Astoria route were first revealed in 2016.
To see the full Astoria route schedule, click here.