Eastern 34th Street is newly accessible via extended ferry service.
Residents of western Queens and Roosevelt Island who work on 34th Street will have another commuting option beginning August 29 as NYC Ferry launches the Astoria route. The new line originates at the terminal on Astoria Boulevard and includes stops at Roosevelt Island and the 34th Street/Midtown East terminal at 35th Street and FDR Drive, before continuing to Wall Street.
Next summer, NYC Ferry, which already connects Brooklyn with 34th Street via the East River route, adds the Soundview route, which will connect residents of the east Bronx and the Upper East Side with 34th Street and lower Manhattan. Originally, no 34th Street stop was planned, but the company reconsidered after lobbying by Manhattan Councilman Daniel Garodnick, who represents eastern 34th Street. As reported in amNewYork, Mr. Garodnick believes “the stop will boost options for riders looking to access jobs in Midtown, where NYC Ferry offers a free shuttle bus, and increase transfer opportunities to other ferry routes. A 34th Street connection on this route is a no brainer — and will serve to the benefit of riders from the Bronx on down. This additional connection to Midtown’s transit hubs and job centers is a big win for the commuting public in New York.”
34th Street is already perhaps the most accessible business district in the city, with three bustling stations for subway riders, Penn Station for NJ Transit riders and Amtrak travelers, the PATH Train terminal near Greeley Square, and numerous public and private bus lines making stops here. As we look to the future, these ferry stops add an attractive and much-needed option.
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