Looking for something fun to do this summer in NYC? How about a free ferry ride that also supports a neighborhood that was knocked off its feet after Hurricane Sandy? Mayor Bloomberg joined other city officials this week to announce the launch of a free Red Hook Summer Ferry that will operate on weekends throughout the summer season. The newly expanded service spells good news for Red Hook businesses hoping to see an increase in foot traffic, and it provides a way for them to continue recovering after last October’s superstorm. The ferry will kick off Memorial Day weekend at Pier 11 in Manhattan and will give people another reason (besides just going to IKEA) to visit Red Hook.

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“Hurricane Sandy hit the Red Hook community hard, and that’s why we’re making it easier than ever for New Yorkers to get to small businesses in the area in order to help the community continue to recover,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “By expanding the already successful free IKEA ferry to another stop in the heart of Red Hook, and by connecting it to the East River Ferry that is celebrating its two millionth ride this week, the free Red Hook summer ferry will help boost the local economy. I look forward to the Red Hook Ferry’s opening this Memorial Day and encourage all New Yorkers to try it.”

The ferry will operate a Van Brunt Street stop that will take advantage of a currently unused ferry landing, and the second ferry boat will double the frequency of trips on the weekends. With shortened wait times and additional stops, riders will enjoy the convenience and frequency of getting to Red Hook stress free.

Ferry service will run from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays beginning Memorial Day Weekend (Saturday, May 25th) and throughout Labor Day Weekend, including the Mondays of Memorial Day and Labor Day (Monday, September 2nd). The new expansion is funded by the City, with a partner sponsorship from Fairway Market, and assistance from IKEA through the expansion of their existing service.

Via NYC Gov