NYC Ferry, the five borough city-backed ferry system operated by Hornblower is a part-consolidation of the existing East River Ferry system and an extension to many new destinations like Soundview in the Bronx, the Lower East Side, the Rockaways and Astoria. The price is the same as the NYC subway system, $2.75, with an extra dollar if you have a bike.
Ferries are nothing new of course. In the 1850s, Brooklyn’s Union Ferry Company alone operated seven routes to lower Manhattan. Today, there are plenty of other ferry operators: NY Waterway operates many routes between New Jersey and Manhattan, along with two routes in the Hudson Valley at Beacon and Haverstraw. New York Water Taxi operates the IKEA Express Ferry along with a sightseeing route between Midtown, Battery Park, South Street Seaport, and DUMBO. And last but not least, there’s the Staten Island Ferry run by the NYC Department of Transportation. and the Governors Island ferry, both which are free (except Governors Island off-season).