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Everything we know about the new citywide ferry service launching in 2017

Everything we know about the new citywide ferry service launching in 2017
Courtesy NYCEDC

Move over, subway, there's a new way to get around the city now—by sea! 

A new citywide ferry service run by Hornblower is set to launch in June 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in March. Here's everything we know so far:

• Ten new ferry landings are coming to Soundview, Astoria, East 62nd Street, Roosevelt Island, Long Island City, Stuyvesant Cove, Grand Street, Red Hook, Bay Ridge and Rockaway. Each will feature ticket machines and waiting areas with canopies and windscreens in case of bad weather.

• The Rockaway and Astoria ferry routes will be the first to launch in June 2017. The Soundview and East Side routed will follow in 2018. The routes will include existing East River stops as well.

• Routes from Coney Island and Staten Island are in development.

• Ferry tickets will cost $2.75 and will not include free transfers to city buses or subways.

• The boats will feature snacks and beverages, including alcohol. Ahoy!

• The six-year contract with Hornblower will cost the city at least $30 million per year, said Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen.

h/t DNAinfo 

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