East 34th Street Ferry Landing
The East 34th Street Ferry Landing provides slips to ferries and excursion boats on the East River in the Port of New York and New Jersey. It is located east of the FDR Drive just north of East 34th Street in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. The facility, owned by the city, received Federal Highway Administration funding for improvements for docking facilities and upgrading the adjacent East River Greenway in 2008. A new terminal building is planned.
SeaStreak New Jersey docked at the landing, with the Empire State Building in the background.
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Service is provided by private operators SeaStreak and NY Waterway, which also operates a free transfer bus loop in Midtown East. There is a M34 Select Bus Service bus stop adjacent to the ferry landing; the M15 Select Bus Service and M34A Select Bus Service have stops in the immediate vicinity at the intersection of First Avenue and East 34th Street. The East 34th Street Heliport is also on the waterfront south of the ferry landing.
A ferry crossing between Hunter's Point and 34th Street was established circa 1858 and later came under the control of Long Island Rail Road (LIRR). In 1905, the LIRR expanded the terminal between 33rd and 34th Streets which had five slips  and was able to accommodate automobiles, and is now the site of the heliport. Service was discontinued in 1925 after numerous tunnel and bridge crossings had been built. Connecting mass transit service was provided by the 34th Street Ferry elevated station which was located east of First Avenue and operated from 1880 to 1930.
In the 1990s several proposals and various attempts were made to restore service to landings in the vicinity of 34th Street, among them an Upper East Side – Wall Street commuter service, a short-lived shuttle to La Guardia Airport and a fast ferry to Staten Island. Restoration of the traditional Hunters Point crossing was initiated and soon abandoned by NY Waterway.
By the mid-2000s New York Water Taxi was regularly serving East 34th Street landings on the Hunters Point crossing and other routes. After a request for bids, the New York City Economic Development Corporation in 2011 awarded NY Waterway a three-year contract and a $3 million annual subsidy to operate ferry service on the East River including 34th Street.
In the aftermath of infrastructure damage and service disruptions to the New York City Subway system in Queens and Brooklyn caused by Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012, SeaStreak began running weekday ferry service between East 34th Street and Rockaway Park, Queens, with additional stops at Pier 11 and Brooklyn Army Terminal. Although the service proved popular, it was ultimately discontinued on October 31, 2014 when the city government declined to continue subsidizing it.
SeaStreak catamarans operate daily to the Raritan Bayshore in Monmouth County, New Jersey. After calling at Pier 11/Wall Street boats continue through The Narrows to terminals at Atlantic Highlands or Highlands. Seasonal excursions includes service to Sandy Hook, Yankee Stadium, and Martha's Vineyard.
New York Water TaxiEdit
NYC Ferry's East River Ferry (formerly operated by NY Waterway) operates in both directions to Pier 11 at Wall Street, stopping in Long Island City and northern Brooklyn, with year-round service. Service operates to or from Governors Island during summer weekends only. Additionally, the Astoria Ferry runs in both directions to Pier 11 or Astoria, Queens, with year-round service. The Lower East Side Ferry operates between Astoria and Wall Street via eastern Manhattan year-round.
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