Though the NYC subway system may sound like a dream to people who live in cities with less vast public transit systems, those who live here know that the reality is filled with day to day challenges. From late trains to trains that don’t appear at all (the ever-elusive ‘signal problems,) to being stuck in tunnels, to confusing repairs that leave you without access to home or work, most of us are always on the lookout for ways to make the commuting process less anxiety inducing.
Depending on where you live and work, it might worth it to give the ferry a try. Especially if you’re in Williamsburg—with the impending L train shutdown, it’s a good idea to get a backup commute plan ready before the commotion ensues in March.
The NYC Hornblower ferry has six different routes, with sixteen distinct stops. Though they are, naturally, on the river, if you’re living within walking distance of a riverside spot in Brooklyn, Manhattan, or Queens, you might be in luck with a ferry stop. The ferry costs the same amount per ride as the subway—$2.75, but you unfortunately can’t use a Metrocard, as they have their own ticketing system. You can buy tickets at the stands by any ferry stop, or you can get the NYC Ferry app, where you can buy tickets and use them digitally all in one.
In addition to the practical uses of the ferry, it’s also an immensely more enjoyable experience than the subway. You get direct sunlight and fresh air, and in warmer months you can ride on top of the ferry to enjoy the outdoors. There’s concessions on the boats, but you can also bring your own food and drink. It’s a great way to feel refreshed on your commute with a view, and you’ll never accidentally be stuck underground for an hour.