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Labor Day may have come and gone, but summer’s not over yet! Take advantage of the last days of warm weather by hopping aboard the free ferry to Red Hook, Brooklyn while you still can. The free weekend ferry service between Red Hook and Lower Manhattan was originally slated to end after Labor Day weekend but the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) recently announced that it will now be extended through the end of September, so don’t miss out.

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The free Red Hook Ferry service will operate from 10:00 AM-9:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays through September between Pier 11 in Manhattan, Van Brunt Street (where Fairway Supermarket is located) in Red Hook and IKEA in Red Hook. Free transfers will also be available to the East River Ferry and the Rockaway/Sunset Park Ferry. According to the NYCEDC, the Red Hook Ferry has provided over 100,000 passenger trips since its launch on May 25, 2013.

“I join my fellow Brooklynites in saluting Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Quinn, EDC President Kimball and local Red Hook businesses for extending free weekend ferry service between Red Hook and Lower Manhattan,” said Brooklyn Borough president Marty Markowitz. “Since this service first ‘set sail’, more than 100,000 New Yorkers have gotten a ride to the great commercial experiences that Red Hook has to offer. It’s a much-needed shot-in-the-arm for a neighborhood that was deeply affected by Superstorm Sandy, and I’m pleased to see the City’s continued commitment to Sandy-impacted communities. Going forward, I believe the Red Hook Ferry can continue to ‘make waves’ on the Brooklyn waterfront.”