New York Boat

If you’re coming by yacht – and if you are, do you have an opening for a deck-swabber on your next trip to Bermuda? – there are ports at an exclusive boat slip at the World Financial Center and a long-term slip at the 79th St Boathouse on the Upper West Side.

The zippy yellow boats that make up the fleet of New York Water Taxi (212-742-1969; www.nywatertaxi.com; commuter 1-way tickets $3.50-6, one-day pass adult/child $20/15, 2-day pass $25/15) provide an interesting alternative way of getting around (from mid-April through mid-October). Boats stop at 12 landings, starting at West 44th St on the Hudson River, with stops at Christopher St, World Financial Center, Battery Park, South Street Seaport and East 34th St in Manhattan, plus Brooklyn stops at Fulton Ferry Landing (near Dumbo), Red Hook, Schaefer Landing on Kent Ave (in Williamsburg), plus in Long Island City, and Queens at Hunter’s Point (with its own ‘Water Taxi Beach’).

A good trip to consider is from E 34th St to Fulton Ferry Landing in Brooklyn ($4.50 one way). There are also water taxis to Mets baseball games ($20 round trip), hour-long ‘Gateway to America’ tours around the harbor (adult/senior/child $20/18/12), and fall foliage tours up the Hudson ($35/25/15).

Another bigger, brighter ferry (this one’s orange) is the commuter-oriented Staten Island Ferry, which makes constant free journeys across the New York Harbor.
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