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New Ferry Route Connecting LIC to Lower East Side Launching This Summer

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Feb. 22, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez

The city will launch a new ferry route this summer that will connect Long Island City to parts of Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

The Lower East Side Route, the name of the new line, will have terminal points at the 46th Avenue and Center Boulevard landing at the LIC waterfront, and end at Wall St./Pier 11 in Manhattan. Stops in between include East 34th St., Stuyvesant Town, and Corlears Hook.

NYC Ferry map showing the LES Route. (EDC)

The total travel time is expected to take 32 minutes, with no more than a 10 minute trip between each stop of the new line.

The route requires new docks at Stuyvesant Town and Corlears Hook, which the city sought approval for last year to build from the Army Corps of Engineers. The Stuyvesant Town dock is located at 20th St. at F.D.R Drive, and involves the construction of a 90-foot-long barge that can hold up to three ferry vessels at a time. The Corlears Hook stop is located by Grand St at the East River Promenade, and will also feature a 90-foot-long barge capable of holding three ferries.

Construction for the new landings began in January, a spokesperson for the Economic Development Corporation said.

Another new line, the Soundview Route, is also expected to launch this summer. The route will connect the Bronx at Clason Point to the Upper East Side and eventually to Wall St./Pier 11 in a trip totaling 54 minutes.

The EDC did not provide the anticipated month of the Lower East Side launch when asked.

The Lo-Down, a hyper-local news site, uploaded photos of the construction underway at Corlears Hook earlier this week.

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As we saw with ferry service this winter, they don’t run well when “ICE” is around. Not the way to go in real cold weather.


From the riverfront near Stuyvesant Town it is a long walk to the subway on First Ave and no major businesses or shopping that people need to get to.


Why don’t any of these ferries run to the west side of Manhattan? It would make a real difference if these ferries ran to the Brookfield Place/Battery Park City ferry terminal as well.


I totally agree with you that a landing in Battery Park City would make more good sense but the ferries probably can’t run around the southern tip of Manhattan – these ferries are pretty small and the water can get pretty rough in that area.


To me nyc ferry needs to expand to the Hudson River too. Surf too rough there is no excuse. It should stop at the world financial center, west 38th street and other stops too. Parts of the west side nyc are transit deprived too.


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