Take a FREE ferry from Lower Manhattan to Red Hook. The waterfront Brooklyn neighborhood was devastated by Superstorm Sandy, but it is proudly rebounding back and thriving, anchored by IKEA, Fairway, and fiercely local restaurants, boutiques and art galleries. It’s easy to get here: Every weekend until Labor Day, the Destination Red Hook Summer Ferry runs free water-taxi rides. Hop on at Pier 11/Wall Street for a scenic 15-minute journey across the East River, to either the piers at either Red Hook’s Fairway supermarket or IKEA. The ferries depart every 25 minutes between 10:15 a.m. and 8:40 p.m.
You’ll enjoy sweeping views of New York Bay, the occasional cobblestone street lined with picturesque brownstones, and an industrial vibe that’s a holdover from when Red Hook was one of the country’s busiest shipping centers.
By public transportation: the B61 bus does a loop through the neighborhood, and there are free shuttle buses to IKEA from the subway stops at the corner of Smith and 9th Streets, 4th Avenue and 9th Street and from Brooklyn Borough Hall.
Thanks to the NYC Convention & Visitors Bureau, now called nycgo, for reminding NYC on the Cheap about the FREE Destination Red Hook Summer Ferry.