TAKE ME ‘CROSS THE RIVER

September 14, 2018 at 4:45 am

A new ferry will get you from the Lower East Side to Long Island City in about a half hour, and it comes with spectacular views at the right price.

Aired on September 13, 2018.

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>> THE NEIGHBORHOOD IS WITHOUT
A LOT OF TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS.
>> THE ADDITION OF THE FERRY
LINE WILL COMPLETELY TRANSFORM
HIS COMMUTE.
>> WHEN I WENT TO GET TO WORK,
IT INVOLVES ME TAKING THE BUS TO
THE DE LANNCY ETHICS STOP,
HOPPING ON THE F TRAIN,
TRANSFERRING TO THE SIX AND
TAKING THAT TO MY FINAL
DESTINATION AT 23rd STREET.
>> WE FEEL YOUR PAIN.
>> THIS BEHIND ME RIGHT HERE.
THAT COMMUTE USUALLY TAKES ME
OVER 30 MINUTES.
THIS WILL TAKE ME FROM HERE,
GETTING OFF AT STUYVESANT COVE.
I'M AT WORK.
THE WHOLE ROUTE OF THIS NEW LINE
FROM LONG ISLAND CITY DOWN TO
WALL STREET.
I CAN TRAVEL THAT WHOLE ROUTE IN
THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME IT USED
TO TAKE ME TO GET TO WORK BY
SUBWAY AND BUS.
>> MICHAEL IS NOT ALONE.
THE RIDERS WE TALKED TO SAID
THIS NEW WATERWAY LINE IS A
WELCOMED EDITION.
>> IT WOULD HAVE BEEN 7 TO THE F
AND THEN A FAR WALK.
I HAVE TO GO NEAR THE WATER
ANYWAY, SUDDENLY BECAME A DIRECT
TRIP.
>> IF YOU'VE TAKEN A LOOK, IT
MAY SEEM THE EAST RIVER IS
BUSIER THAN IN THE PAST.
YOUR EYES AREN'T DECEIVING YOU.
WATERWAY TRANSPORTATION HAS BEEN
A MAJOR INITIATIVE FROM BILL DE
BLAZ YO.
>> YOUR STORY SPEAKS VOLUMES.
WE KNOW PLENTY ABOUT THE BUSES,
THE SUBWAYS, WE KNOW ABOUT HOW
CROWDED THE SUBWAYS ARE, AND THE
CHALLENGES THE SUBWAY SYSTEM
FACED.
WE KNOW THE STREETS ARE
CONGESTED.
WE KNOW WE NEED NEW WAYS TO GET
AROUND.
WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE THE CITY
THAT WE ARE MEANT TO BE IF WE
DON'T HAVE BETTER OPTIONS.
AND THAT'S WHAT LED US TO NYC
FERRY.
>> THE LOWER EAST SIDE ROUTE
RUNS FROM LONG ISLAND TO EAST
34th STREET, THEN TO STUYVESANT
COVE, AND FINALLY WALL STREET.
IT COSTS 275 FOR A RIGHT, THE
SAME AS AN MTA FARE.
HOWEVER, THERE'S NO FREE
TRANSFER TO BUSES AND TRAINS.
THERE IS A FREE TRANSFER TO
OTHER FERRY LINES.
THE OPENING OF THIS ROUTE IS THE
LAST LEG TO USE THE
TRANSPORTATION WATERWAY.
>> IT TOOK THREE YEARS, WE
LITERALLY HAD TO FIGURE OUT
EVERYTHING.
>> WHAT WOULD THE ROOTS BE,
WHERE DO WE GET THE BOATS.
WE HAD TO FIND A WAY TO GET THE
BOATS MADE FOR THE NYC FERRY
SYSTEMS.
WE FIGURED OUT WE NEEDED BIGGER
BOATS.
THE FERRY SYSTEM WAS SO POPULAR.
THREE YEARS IN THE MAKING, BUT
WE HAVE GOTTEN THERE NOW.
SIX LINES, FULLY OPERATIONAL AS
OF TODAY.
WHAT WE ARE FINDING IS NEW
YORKERS LOVE THE FERRY.
THEY LOVE TO BE OUT ON THE
WATER.
WE SPENT OUR WHOLE LIFE LOOKING
AT IT, TIME TO GET OUT THERE AND
BE ON IT, AND TRAVEL AROUND ON
IT.
>> HERE'S A QUICK LOOK AT ALL
SIX LINES OF THE NYC FERRY
SYSTEM.
ALL THE FERRIES RUN IN THE EAST
RIVER.
THE ASTORIA LINE WORKS ITS WAY
DOWNTOWN TERMINATING AT WALL
STREET.
THE ROCKAWAY LINE GOES FROM WALL
STREET, STOPPING IN BROOKLYN
BEFORE IT REACHES ROCKAWAY.
>> YOU HAVE THE EAST RIVER LINE
IN TEAL, SERVING HUNTER'S POINT
AND SEVERAL STOPS IN BROOKLYN.
STAYING IN BROOKLYN, THERE'S A
SOUTH BROOKLYN LINE IN PINK, AND
THAT GOES FROM WALL STREET DOWN
TO BAY RIDGE.
WE CAN'T FORGET ABOUT THE NEWEST
PART OF THE SYSTEM IN YELLOW,
THE LOWER EAST SIDELINES THAT 9
STREET, MAKING ITS WAY DOWNTOWN
AND FINALLY ENDING AT WALL
STREET.
>> WE'RE REACHING A LOT OF
COMMUNITIES THAT WERE CUT OFF IN
TOO MANY WAYS.
THE ROCKAWAYS, SO MANY
COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE BEEN
YEARNING FOR IN FACT DECADES.
THEY FERRY SERVICE IN THE BRONX
IS THE FIRST IN THE 1930s, JUST
TO GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE OF HOW
LONG WE'VE BEEN WAITING.
>> THE BEST OFFICE YOU CAN HAVE.
>> CAPTAIN McMANUS IS ABOUT ONE
OF 350 WORKERS TO WORK ON THE
LINE.
TO YOU AND I, CAPTAINING A BOAT
SEEMS STRAIGHTFORWARD.
>> THERE'S A LOT MORE TO IT THAN
THAT.
I CAN TELL YOU THAT MUCH.
THERE'S A LOT OF BOATS AND
TRAFFIC.
CONDITIONS, THEY CAN CHANGE ON A
DIME.
YOU GO FROM UNLIMITED VISIBILITY
TO YOU CAN'T SEE THE BOW OF THE
BOAT.
ONE OF THE BUSIEST WATERWAYS IN
THE COUNTRY.
YOU HAVE TO STAY ON TOP OF YOUR
TOES.
>> A JOB THAT LOOKS LIKE IT
CERTAINLY WILL KEEP HIM BUSY,
THE FERRIES HAVE CARRIED MORE
THAN 6,000 PASSENGERS SINCE THE
SERVICE BEGAN LAST MAY.
FAR EXCEEDING WHAT HE AND THE
CITY WERE EXPECTING.
IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S NOT JUST THE
CITY THAT'S TAKEN TO WATERWAY
TRAVEL.
>> WE'VE ADDED A LOT OF BOATS
AND ON TOP OF THAT, THERE'S BEEN
A LOT OF THE OTHER FERRY
SERVICES ARE EXPANDING AS WELL.
SO EVEN IN THAT ONE YEAR, IT'S
GROWN PRETTY --
>> IF EVERYONE'S COMING --
>> TO ME NYC FERRY ADDED SEVERAL
BOATS TO ITS FLEET AND PLANS TO
ADD EVEN MORE NEXT YEAR.
>> THE MAYOR SAYS THE SIX LINES
ARE PART OF HIS FIRST PHASE OF
HIS FERRY PROJECT AND SAYS PLANS
ARE ALREADY IN THE WORKS TO
BRING EVEN MORE FERRY SERVICE TO
OTHER PARTS OF THE CITY, WHICH
COULD INCLUDE THE HUDSON RIVER.