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your perfect east river staycation: today & next friday

Day 1, The East River Ferry service
Spectacular view

Day 2, The East River Ferry service
Isn't it beautiful?

Have I got a great idea for you! It involves a free boat ride on the East River (totally awesome views of the Manhattan skyline, and all three bridges in Brooklyn), a free trip to an island and free bike riding! Do you like the sound of free? I do. So if you're not at work today, or next Friday, this is your chance to have an awesome time. Here's how:

The S.S. Yogi Berra

The brand new East River Ferry service launched this past Monday, giving free rides to all passengers from Monday, June 13 through Friday, June 24. I personally have taken the boat to work every single morning, and it has been great. Today, I figured out that they were giving away free coffee (hot or iced!). I had an iced, went up to the upper deck and enjoyed the view and the salty sea air. Note: The East River smells like the sea. So great.

So here's what I figured out just now. Take the Ferry from 34th Street in Manhattan, all the way to Governor's Island, for free. You can do that today or next Friday. After that, the fare will be $4 each way, or $140 for a monthly pass. Not exactly cheap. Governor's Island is a hilly, grassy, tree lined island with an interesting history. On Fridays only, you can rent bikes, free of charge for 1 hour between 10am and 3:30pm. Bikes must be returned by 4:30. Then take the free Ferry home! Doesn't that sound good? I totally want to do it.

The S.S. Christopher Columbus

The Williamsburg Bridge

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