All aboard! Ferry service shoves off from Sunset Park today

Ahoy!: A citywide ferry cruises along the blue highway.
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Southern Brooklynites can now set sail to the distant isle of Manhattan from the Brooklyn Army Terminal. The long-awaited ferry service kicked off on May 1 with the launch of the Rockaway route that shuttles Queens residents to Sunset Park, where their Brooklyn neighbors board, before heading to Manhattan.

Up to 150 passengers will pack on to the vessels for the scenic voyage, which will last just under an hour with the bulk of the journey being the 43-minute leg from Queens to Sunset Park. Seafarers can take advantage of wifi, munch on snacks, and even turn their commutes into a booze cruise with alcohol.

Once the boat shoves off from the terminal, Brooklynites can enjoy scenic views of the harbor for 16 minutes before docking in Manhattan.

Those who live near the remaining four Southern Brooklyn stops will have to wait until the June 1 launch to ride the blue highway from their nabe, or trek over to the terminal.

The nearest trains are the R and N line at the 59th Street stop on Fourth Avenue. Commuters can stroll three blocks down to the waterfront or hop onto the B11, which will drop travelers at the terminal’s doorstep. The B37 and B9 also have stops near the docks.

For those cruising by car, the Brooklyn Army Terminal offers free parking, according to its website. And if you bike over, you’ll need to a snag a $1 ticket for your cycle — unless it’s a suitcase-sized folding bike that can be kept with you during the journey.

Tickets will run riders $2.75 and can be purchased online, from a ticket agent, at a ticket vending machine, or with a smartphone via the NYC Ferry App. Children under four feet ride free.

If you’re the seafaring type, snag a 30-day pass for $121 or spring for a bike pass at $141. Seniors and those with disabilities can apply for a half-priced 30-day pass.

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at or by calling (718) 260–2523. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Updated 1:34 am, July 10, 2018
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Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from BS, BK, NY, US, formerly from WB, BK, NY, US says:
I will support it if there are more than enough riders that will be using this service to cover the operating costs of this service.
April 29, 2017, 9:21 am
Anita from Coney Island says:
Wish we had the service in Coney Island but our do nothing Assembly person cant move unless Treyger gives her permission or writes a press release for her
May 2, 2017, 12:51 pm
jw says:
Instead of ferry service, they should get that stinking toxic creek cleaned up
May 2, 2017, 1:19 pm
Anita from Coney Island says:
Point well taken!
May 2, 2017, 3:04 pm
Jon Yedin from parents basement says:
Katie Cucco has a 70 point plan to fix toilets
May 2, 2017, 6:07 pm
David from Sheepshead Bay says:
Pedro, no public transit system's operating cost is covered by passenger fares. We just need enough passengers to warrant continuing the service.

But with the ever increasing delays on the subway, I'll take any new form of transit!
May 9, 2017, 9:27 am

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