Sure, the first boat got stuck in the mud on its way up from the Gulf Coast, but it looks like the city’s new ferry service is really, actually happening. And, for once, sooner than expected: Mayor de Blasio announced today– via the delightful chiptune promo above– that the Rockaway route will launch May 1, meaning you’ll soon get to pay your respects to the washed-up whale that was buried on the beach this week. Or, less morbidly: tacos! Tacoway Beach reopens in less than 22 days, according to the countdown clock we’ve had our eye on all winter.
To refresh your memory, the new ferries will have capacity for 150 passengers, heated decks, and, yes, wifi throughout. The Rockaway ferry will cost the price of a Metrocard, and when the existing East River Ferry service is folded into NYC Ferry on May 1, the current price of that service ($4) will drop to $2.75 as well. The East River Ferry serves Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Dumbo, Wall Street, and Midtown.
Once the Rockaway boat is up and motoring, it should take about 59 minutes to travel between Beach 108th Street and Pier 11 on Wall Street, with a stop at Brooklyn Army Terminal. A free shuttle bus will take commuters from Rockaway Park to the Fort Tilden and Jacob Riis area.
Lower East Side ferry service– which will connect Grand Street with Stuyvesant Cove, East 34th, Wall Street, and Long Island City– is expected to launch next summer.