It will be easier to get from Sunset Park, Brooklyn to lower Manhattan beginning Monday, August 5.
The Rockaway Ferry service will be expanded to include a stop at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park. Boats will leave the Rockaways from Beach 108th St. and Beach Channel Drive and head to the new 58th Street landing and then on to Pier 11 in lower Manhattan and finally stopping in midtown at East 34th Street.
Community leaders have been rallying for the idea and working to get elected leaders on board. The New York City Economic Development Corporation added some funding to the effort and today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Speaker Christine Quinn, Borough President Marty Markowitz and Councilmembers Vincent Gentile, Sara M. Gonzalez, and Domenic Recchia issued statements praising the service.
The additional service comes at the MTA begins 14 months of work this weekend that will impact Brooklyn commuters in the area. On August 2, the Montague Tunnel that runs under the East River will be shut down for storm related repairs. The R train will run in two sections until October 2014.
The fare will be $2. It is only a temporary service but the city will review usage.