Take the East River Ferry to these hot spots

  • The East River Ferry

    The East River Ferry

  • Photograph: Kirby Tidwell

    M. Wells off the Hunters Point South / Long Island City stop

    M. Wells off the Hunters Point South / Long Island City stop

  • Photograph: Allison MIchael Orenstein

    Beer shop and bar Brouwerij Lane off the India St / Greenpoint stop

    Beer shop and bar Brouwerij Lane off the India St / Greenpoint stop

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Teriyaki balls from Mimi & Coco NY at Smorgasburg off the North 6th St / North...

    Teriyaki balls from Mimi & Coco NY at Smorgasburg off the North 6th St / North Williamsburg stop

  • Photograph: Jakob Layman

    Angela Weiland's Back With a Bang stall at the Brooklyn Flea Williamsburg off...

    Angela Weiland's Back With a Bang stall at the Brooklyn Flea Williamsburg off the North 6th St / North Williamsburg stop

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    A custom-made bartenders choice at Dram off the North 6th St / North...

  • Photograph: Noah Fecks

    Pies at Pies 'n' Thighs off the Schaefer Landing / South Williamsburg stop

    Pies at Pies 'n' Thighs off the Schaefer Landing / South Williamsburg stop

The East River Ferry

The East River Ferry

The new East River Ferry is free through next Friday, June 24, giving you a chance to take a cruise this weekend and explore some of the neighborhoods it stops at. We've got suggestions for five destinations along the route and links to 'hood guides for nabes that tickle your fancy. Fair warning: NY Waterway has issued an advisory to passengers to expect delays this weekend because of the popularity of the service. Still, it's a perfect activity for the patient frugalista. Location and schedule varies, visit nywaterway.com for more information.

Hunters Point South / Long Island City
While at the LIC stop, grab a bite at the increasingly popular, haute Canadian M. Wells Diner, the first restaurant to receive a five-star review in 2011 and a Food & Drink Awards Critics' Pick. For more things to do in the area, check out these recommendations by Long Island City locals.

India St / Greenpoint
Choose from a selection of more than 200 beers (or mix and match a six-pack to take home) at Brouwerij Lane, which also doubles as a bar if you're taken by a more immediate thirst. Other options for an eventful evening can be found in our Greenpoint guide.

North 6th St / North Williamsburg
Hop off the boat for delicious treats and fashion, furniture and bric-a-brac while in the 'Burg. On Saturday, meander around the outdoor food market Smorgasburg, or browse the Brooklyn Flea on Sunday. If you feel like hanging around, check out our Williamsburg guide, and keep the party going with this nightlife guide.

Schaefer Landing / South Williamsburg
Make sure to get a cocktail at Dram, a short walk from the South Williamsburg stop. Opt for a window seat, so you can keep an eye on the line for Pies 'n' Thighs. When it dies down, swoop in for perfect fried chicken and homemade pies.

Brooklyn Bridge Park / Dumbo
Take a stroll to the southern end of the park and start a pickup game on Pier 6's new sand volleyball courts (BYO ball). Hang around afterward and check out ten things to do in Brooklyn Bridge Park, then find places to eat with our guide to Dumbo.