There’s a new way to get between Manhattan and Staten Island. It’s a new ferry route beyond Lower Manhattan to West Midtown, on the Hudson River.
The entire trip takes about 35 minutes, and includes spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline every minute.
The new ferry is from NYC Ferry, which has been ferrying passengers for several years between Manhahttan, Queens and Brooklyn, on the East River. The is the company’s first west side route, on the Hudson River.
Unlike the legendary Staten Island Ferry, between St. George Terminal and South Ferry, the NYC Ferry route is between St. George and Pier 79 at 39th St. , adjacent to Hudson Yards, the Javits Convention Center, and the Intrepid Museum.
There’s also a stop in between, at Battery Park City, adjacent to the World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial Plaza and Museum..
Also unlike the legendary Staten Island Ferry, reservations are recommended for the smaller NYC Ferry boats.
While the legendary Staten Island Ferry is FREE, tickets on the NYC Ferry are $2.75, the same as a ride on MTA subways and busses, before discounts.
Even so, the new St. George route is a great bargain, and sure to be popular with both commuters and tourists.
For commuters, it’s a direct route between Midtown West and Staten Island, or a direct route between Staten Island and the Financial District. For commuters who work in midtown, it cuts commuting time from South Ferry. And the Battery Park City stop is more convenient than South Ferry for commuters who work in the World Trade Center area.
For tourists, especially photographers, it’s a cheap way to get picture postcard views of both Lower Manhattan and Midtown Manhttan, instead of taking the more expensive sightseeing cruises.
For tourists who will do that – please avoid morning and evening rush hours on weekdays, when the ferries will be crowded with commuters.
Each segment is about 18 minutes.
You can connect to other NYC Ferry routes by getting off at Battery Park City, although it’s not easy to get to Wall Street Pier 11, where all NYC Ferry routes make a stop.
It’s a 25-minute hike across Lower Manhattan town from the Hudson to the East River, and just as inconvenient to take the subway or a NYC bus.
An excellent alternative is the FREE free Downtown Connection shuttle provided by the Downtown Alliance that takes you between the landings in about ten minutes.
All in all, the new ferry service is a welcome addition to the transit map, and gives everybody more choices for getting around NYC.