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East River Ferry Service To Make A Splash

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New Yorkers will soon have an additional way to get across the East River.

A new expanded ferry service launches June 13th, and will make seven regular stops along the river, including East 34th Street, Pier 11, Long Island City and Greenpoint.

On Fridays during the summer, ferry service will run to Governors Island from both Pier 11 in Manhattan and Pier 6 in Brooklyn.

Two additional weekend summer stops have also been added, taking riders to Pier 6 and the new Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The service will be operated by BillyBey Ferry Company under the New York Waterway Brand. It's part of a three year, $9 million deal with the city's economic development corporation.

"Opening up that commuting option is going to provide relief for the thousands of people who live in the neighborhoods on the Brooklyn and Queens waterfront and will provide an option for people in Manhattan to go explore these neighborhoods and take advantage of everything they have to offer," said New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth Pinsky.

The ferry service will cost $4 for a one way ticket, or $140 for an unlimited monthly pass.

To get folks onto the water the service will be free for the first 12 days.

"We really want to get New Yorkers in the rhythm of not just getting on the subway or a bus but getting on a ferry. For $4 you can take a ferry ride to work, it's a great way and a really enjoyable pretty way to move around the city," said City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

The ferries will operate year-round on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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