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NYC Ferry Soundview and Lower East Side Routes to Launch This Month

Aug 01 2018

Soundview Route to Launch August 15; Lower East Side Route to Launch August 29

NEW YORK, NY—The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and NYC Ferry operated by Hornblower today announced the launch dates for the new Soundview and Lower East Side routes that will connect millions of New Yorkers to new neighborhoods, growing job centers, housing, and more. The Soundview route will launch on Wednesday, August 15th, and the Lower East Side route will launch on Wednesday, August 29th.

The Soundview Route will run from the Soundview section of the Bronx (Clason Point Park), to East 90th Street on the Upper East Side, to East 34th Street, ending at Wall Street/Pier 11. The trip will take approximately 54 minutes from start to finish.

The Lower East Side Route will run from Wall Street/Pier 11, to Corlears Hook, to Stuyvesant Cove, East 34th Street, and end in Long Island City, Queens, a 32-minute trip from start to finish. Schedules for the new routes are available on the NYC Ferry website ( and will be accessible on the NYC Ferry app prior to launch.

“We’re excited to launch NYC Ferry service in the Bronx, the Upper East Side and the Lower East Side, which have historically been transit deserts,” said NYCEDC President James Patchett. “For the same cost of a subway ride, New Yorkers that live and work in these communities will now have a fast, affordable and convenient way to get around the city.”

“With the launch of the 2018 routes, NYC Ferry is excited to expand across New York Harbor and continue to build neighborhood connections to the Bronx, Upper East Side and the Lower East Side,” said Cameron Clark, SVP of NYC Ferry operated by Hornblower. “We encourage everyone to hop on board and explore these new, affordable routes that will enhance commutes and shorten travel times for thousands of New Yorkers.”

Since its launch in May 2017, NYC Ferry has served over 5 million riders across the Astoria, East River, South Brooklyn and Rockaway routes. Last month, NYC Ferry welcomed the arrival of Ocean Queen Rockstar, the first of six higher-capacity 350-passenger vessels to accommodate high ridership demand.

NYC Ferry has already employed over 325 people to fill positions such as captains, deckhands, customer service agents, ticketing, operations and more. New Yorkers of all backgrounds and skill levels are welcome to apply. Jobseekers can apply directly at

New York City Economic Development Corporation creates shared prosperity across New York City’s five boroughs by strengthening neighborhoods and creating good jobs. NYCEDC works with and for communities to provide them with the resources they need to thrive, and we invest in projects that increase sustainability, support job growth, develop talent, and spark innovation to strengthen the City’s competitive advantage. To learn more about our work and initiatives, please visit us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.