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East River Ferry Offers Artistic Experience Above And Below Deck

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Riding the East River Ferry can be a very artistic experience, not only because it stops at some artsy neighborhoods, such as DUMBO, Long Island City and Williamsburg, but also because of the boat's new photography exhibit below deck. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.

The East River Ferry was intended as a commuter service, but with its stunning views, the boat attracts leisure travelers as well.

"$4 entitles you to a ride from the time you get on until the time you get off, that's what we call a ride, and you're up on the water. You've got the Manhattan skyline on one side, you've got Brooklyn and Queens on the other, and lots of photo opportunities, bright sunlight, fresh air," says East River Ferry Creative Director Paul Samulski.

Now, these photo opportunities include seeing a changing photography exhibit inside the ferry, called "Drawn To Water."

"They're all internationally renowned photographers, and the theme is water, and it works perfectly because you're up on the water, you're in the water, you're down in the water, you're looking at the water, it's all about water," Samulski says.

The exhibit is organized by the Brooklyn's own United Photo Industries, which also organizes "Photoville," a major photography festival going on now at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The ferry exhibit, however, has different challenges.

Q: Have you gotten seasick while installing it? Or have you developed sea legs? Because we're kind of moving around here.

Laura Roumanos, United Photo Industries Executive Producer: Yeah, it was quite the challenge, I have to tell you, and we thought, "Oh, this will be easy. It's just a few panels here or there," and it's a lot harder than it looks, believe me.

For ferry-goers, the new artwork is a welcome addition.

"I think it's really interesting," said one vistor. "It's pretty cool to see what happens if you're on a boat for months at a time."

"Awesome," said another. "The water, the waves."

Speaking of waves, while the rocking of the bump can be a little bumpy, people can still enjoy the views above and below deck.

"It's a little bumpy at times, especially for newbies, but it is fun. And you can sit, you don't have to stand, and you don't have to hold on," Samulski says.

The East River Ferry makes stops at East 34th Street, Long Island City, Green Point, North and South Williamsburg, DUMBO and Wall Street.

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