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A trip on the 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!

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.

Preparing to leave Williamsburg.

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

A NYPD boat speeds by.

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

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

Greenpoint water tower in the winter sun.

Rusty waterfront buildings.

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

More Greenpoint views.

Looking south at the approach to Long Island City.

Empire State building.

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

UN building.

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).