With the hotly anticipated Lower East Side ferry line finally set to launch next Wednesday, Aug. 29, we took advantage of this breezy, sunny day to board the Friendship Express and preview the new route. Verdict: It was worth the wait.
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.
In his State of the City address today, Mayor De Blasio announced a city-wide ferry network serving the Lower East Side and vowed to provide 1,500 units of affordable housing to artists and musicians.
At the time of this posting, there are 37 days, 20 hours, 49 minutes, and 5 seconds until Rockaway Taco reopens (per the countdown clock), which means it’s time to think about how the heck you’re going to get out there.