With ridership on the Red Hook-Lower Manhattan Summer Ferry surpassed 100,000 this summer, the NYCEDC announces it will extend service through the month of September. The ferry makes three stops on weekends: Wall Street/Pier 11, Van Brunt Street in Red Hook and IKEA in Red Hook, with free transfers on the weekend to the East River Ferry. “The Red Hook Ferry service has helped to promote the ongoing recovery of the Brooklyn waterfront following Hurricane Sandy, while also encouraging economic activity in this important commercial corridor,” said New York City Economic Development Corporation President Kyle Kimball.
The ferry service is a partnership between New York Water Taxi, Billybey Ferry Company (East River Ferry, Fairway Market, IKEA) and the O’Connell Organization which owns Van Brunt pier in Red Hook. The service is financed by the City of New York, a partner sponsorship from Fairway Market and assistance from IKEA. The city’s ferry initiatives collectively are part of the Waterfront Vision and Enhancement Strategy (WAVES), a sustainable plan for the city’s 500 miles of waterfront.
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