A trip on the East River Ferry from Williamsburg to E 34th St, New York

A trip on NY Waterway's East River Ferry from Williamsburg to E 34th St, New York

Connecting Wall Street with Brooklyn Bridge Park/DUMBO, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Long Island City and Midtown Manhattan, the East River Ferry is an affordable way of getting around New York. And boy is it fast!

A trip on NY Waterway's East River Ferry from Williamsburg to E 34th St, New York

We caught the ferry several times, heading both north and south – but this feature documents the trip from the N. 6th Street/North Williamsburg pier up to the northern terminus at E. 34th Street in Midtown Manhattan.

Above is a view of the adjacent pier in Williamsburg.

A trip on NY Waterway's East River Ferry from Williamsburg to E 34th St, New York

Preparing to leave Williamsburg.

The ferry hurtles along at a near-speedboat velocity, so you’ll soon be hanging on to the handrail!

A trip on NY Waterway's East River Ferry from Williamsburg to E 34th St, New York

A NYPD boat speeds by.

A trip on NY Waterway's East River Ferry from Williamsburg to E 34th St, New York

Looking back at Williamsburg Bridge, which opened on December 19, 1903.

For 21 years it boasted the longest suspension bridge span on Earth.

A trip on NY Waterway's East River Ferry from Williamsburg to E 34th St, New York

Greenpoint water tower in the winter sun.

A trip on NY Waterway's East River Ferry from Williamsburg to E 34th St, New York

Rusty waterfront buildings.

A trip on NY Waterway's East River Ferry from Williamsburg to E 34th St, New York

Looking across to Manhattan, with the iconic Chrysler Building to the left.

A trip on NY Waterway's East River Ferry from Williamsburg to E 34th St, New York

More Greenpoint views.

A trip on NY Waterway's East River Ferry from Williamsburg to E 34th St, New York

A trip on NY Waterway's East River Ferry from Williamsburg to E 34th St, New York

A trip on NY Waterway's East River Ferry from Williamsburg to E 34th St, New York

Looking south at the approach to Long Island City.

A trip on NY Waterway's East River Ferry from Williamsburg to E 34th St, New York

Empire State building.

A trip on NY Waterway's East River Ferry from Williamsburg to E 34th St, New York

Long Island City – an area that has seen massive redevelopment in the last ten years.

A trip on NY Waterway's East River Ferry from Williamsburg to E 34th St, New York

UN building.

A trip on NY Waterway's East River Ferry from Williamsburg to E 34th St, New York

Arriving at E. 34th Street terminal.

The ferry runs every day from early morning to early evening – check the full schedule here: http://www.eastriverferry.com/

Each one way trip is $4 (plus $1 if you’ve got a bike) and a day pass costs $12 ($15).