While in NYC for a plethora of meetings for the day job, I rented an Airbnb in Williamsburg — my first time staying in that part of the city. Convenient to Manhattan (one subway train away) and a wonderful area surrounded by lots of neat hipster/yuppie shops (right up my alley).
However, getting to other parts of Brooklyn was more of a pain, until I discovered the East River Ferry. Traveling North/South on the East River (how aptly named), the ferry makes convenient stops in Williamsburg, DUMBO (my typical destination), Wall Street, and a bunch of other stops.
The first time I took it, however, the weather was not that great:
I lamented about how dreary, cold, and rainy it was, especially since I thought it was my only day that trip I could take the ferry. I was the only one braving the deck on the second floor.
The next day, however, another meeting popped up and off to DUMBO I went again — this time with amazing weather:
Only slightly more than a subway ride at $4.00 per trip (subway is $2.50, I believe). Quicker, more scenic, more fun. If only I had a commute like this. Find out more about the East River Ferry here.