East 34th Street Ferry Landing

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SeaStreak New Jersey docked at the East 34th Street Ferry Landing, with the Empire State Building in the background.

The East 34th Street Ferry Landing provides slips to ferries and excursion boats on the East River in the Port of New York and New Jersey. It is located east of the FDR Drive just north of East 34th Street in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. The facility, owned by the city,[1] received Federal Highway Administration funding for improvements for docking facilities and upgrading the adjacent East River Greenway in 2008.[2] A new terminal building is planned.[3][4][5][6][7]

Service is provided by private operators SeaStreak[8][9] and NY Waterway, which also operates a free transfer bus loop in Midtown East.[10] There is a M34 Select Bus Service bus stop adjacent to the ferry landing; the M15 Select Bus Service and M34A Select Bus Service have stops in the immediate vicinity at the intersection of First Avenue and East 34th Street. The East 34th Street Heliport is also on the waterfront south of the ferry landing.

History[edit]

A ferry crossing between Hunter's Point and 34th Street was established circa 1858[11] and later came under the control of Long Island Rail Road (LIRR).[12] In 1905, the LIRR expanded the terminal between 33rd and 34th Streets which had five slips [13] and was able to accommodate automobiles, and is now the site of the heliport. Service was discontinued in 1925 after numerous tunnel and bridge crossings had been built.[12] Connecting mass transit service was provided by the 34th Street Ferry elevated station which was located east of First Avenue and operated from 1880 to 1930.

In the 1990s several proposals and various attempts were made to restore service to landings in the vicinity of 34th Street, among them an Upper East SideWall Street commuter service,[14] a short-lived shuttle to La Guardia Airport[15][16][17] and a fast ferry to Staten Island.[18] Restoration of the traditional Hunters Point crossing was initiated and soon abandoned by NY Waterway.[19]

By the mid-2000s New York Water Taxi was regularly serving East 34th Street landings on the Hunters Point crossing and other routes.[20][21][22] After a request for bids, the New York City Economic Development Corporation in 2011 awarded NY Waterway a three-year contract and a $3 million annual subsidy to operate ferry service on the East River including 34th Street.[23]

In the aftermath of infrastructure damage and service disruptions to the New York City Subway system in Queens and Brooklyn caused by Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012, SeaStreak began running weekday ferry service between East 34th Street and Rockaway Park, Queens, with additional stops at Pier 11 and Brooklyn Army Terminal.[24] Although the service proved popular, it was ultimately discontinued on October 31, 2014 when the city government declined to continue subsidizing it.[25]

Service[edit]

Seastreak[edit]

Seastreak Wall Street docked at the East 34th Street Ferry Landing.

SeaStreak catamarans operate daily to the Raritan Bayshore in Monmouth County, New Jersey. After calling at Pier 11/Wall Street boats continue through The Narrows to terminals at Atlantic Highlands or Highlands. Seasonal excursions includes service to Sandy Hook, Yankee Stadium, and Martha's Vineyard.

New York Water Taxi[edit]

New York Water Taxi operates seasonal service to baseball games at Citi Field and Yankee Stadium.[26][27]

NYC Ferry[edit]

NYC Ferry's East River Ferry (formerly operated by NY Waterway) operates in both directions to Pier 11 at Wall Street with year-round service running every 30 minutes. Service operates to or from Governors Island during summer weekends only from 10:15 am to 6:30 pm.[28] Additionally, the Astoria Ferry runs in both directions to Pier 11 or Astoria, Queens, with year-round service running every 25 minutes during rush hours, every 50 minutes during weekday middays and evenings, and every 35 minutes during weekends.[29]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "East 34th Street Ferry Landing". New York City Department of City Planning. Retrieved 2011-06-06. 
  2. ^ "FY 2008 Ferry Boat Discretionary (FBD) Awards (as of June 9, 2011)". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
  3. ^ Stoelker, Tom (May 2, 2011). "Future Full of Ferries". The Architect's Newspaper. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  4. ^ "KVA Mat". Kennedy and Viotech Architecture. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  5. ^ "Sheila Kennedy honored for design innovation". MIT Energy Initiative. August 18, 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 
  6. ^ "Multitasking Infrastructures: A Conversation with Sheila Kennedy and Veit Kugel". Urban Omnibus. March 6, 2013. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 
  7. ^ "East 34th St Ferry Terminal". Kennedy & Violich Architecture. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 
  8. ^ "Seastreak". Seastreak. Retrieved 2011-06-06. 
  9. ^ "Service from East 35th Street". Seastreak. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  10. ^ "East River Ferry". NY Waterway. Retrieved 2011-06-06. 
  11. ^ Burrows, Edwin G.; Wallace, Mike (Michael L.) (1999). Gotham, A History of New York City to 1898. 1. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-511634-8. 
  12. ^ a b "34th Street Ferry Abandoned After 67 Years; Tunnels and Bridges Kill Off Famous Route". The New York Times. March 4, 1925. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  13. ^ "New Ferryhouse for East 34th Street". The New York Times. August 18, 1905. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  14. ^ Pierre-Pierre, Garry (September 7, 1996). "Ferry Link to Wall Street Area and East Side". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  15. ^ Levy, Clifford (October 20, 1995), "A Ferry to the Plane Port Authority Official Look into the Idea for Airports", The New York Times, retrieved 2012-05-13 
  16. ^ Rhode, David (December 16, 1999). "The Transit Showdown:Opportunity Lost; Anticipated Ferry Boom founders". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-05-13. 
  17. ^ McGeehan, Patrick (January 8, 2005), "New Ferry Line to La Guardia Is to Begin Service by Midyear", The New York Times, retrieved 2012-05-13 
  18. ^ Newman, Andy (December 30, 1997). "Another Ferry Service to Take Over Staten Island Route". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-05-13. 
  19. ^ Lii, Jane (August 11, 1996). "Ferry operator cancels scenic and fast route to midtown". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-05-13. 
  20. ^ "Queens Commuters Can Travel in Comfort & Style; New York Water Taxi to Resume East River Service" (Press release). New York Water Taxi. April 20, 2008. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  21. ^ Woodberry, Warren Jr. (April 26, 2006). "Ferry Service To Manhattan To Resume". Daily News. New York. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  22. ^ Cheema, Umar (May 6, 2008). "New Ferry Service Will Begin Next Week". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-05-13. 
  23. ^ Calder, Richard (February 2, 2011). "Water war capsizes ferry firm". New York Post. Retrieved 2012-05-13. 
  24. ^ "Seastreak Ferries - Servicing New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts". Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  25. ^ "End of ferry leaves Rockaway a ‘transportation desert’". 1 November 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  26. ^ "Delta Mets Baseball Taxi". New York Water Taxi. Archived from the original on 2011-11-26. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  27. ^ "Delta Yankees Baseball Taxi". New York Water Taxi. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  28. ^ "Routes and Schedules: East River". NYC Ferry. 
  29. ^ "Routes and Schedules: Astoria". NYC Ferry. 

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Coordinates: 40°44′38″N 73°58′15″W / 40.74389°N 73.97083°W / 40.74389; -73.97083