New York Magazine: Reason #18 to Love New York? The East River Ferry.
Since it launched in June, the East River Ferry, which currently stops at seven sites along the Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens riverfront, has transported nearly 600,000 people. That is 200,000 more riders than the city anticipated in the ferry’s entire first year. And yet, hopping aboard one of the ferries, you feel as if you’ve chartered your own private pleasurecraft.