Escapes: Info for East River Ferry spots

Getting there

New York City is about 230 miles north of Washington up Interstate 95. Amtrak fares start at $78 one way; low-fare buses charge about $20 each way.


570 10th Ave. at West 42nd Street


The all-white rooms, which come with transformer beds, couches and breakfast, resemble cabins on a ship or space shuttle. From $159.

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

19 Old Fulton St. 718-858-4300

Stand in the long line or call ahead for a take-out picnic in the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Pizza from $14.

Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory

Corner of Old Fulton and Water Street 718-246-3963


Order one, two or three scoops at this classic DUMBO ice cream spot. From $4.

Brooklyn Label

180 Franklin St. 718-389-2806

The menu at this Greenpoint eatery caters to meat lovers and vegans with such dishes as a pulled pork sandwich and a marinated tempeh Reuben. Lunch entrees from $6.

East River Ferry


Departs from seven terminals: two in Manhattan, four in Brooklyn and one in Queens. In Manhattan, the ferries land at East 35th Street at F.D.R. Drive and Pier 11 in Wall Street. The boats run year-round, from a little after 6:30 a.m. to just before 9 p.m. Frequency depends on times and days. All-day pass $12; $4 per trip.

Andrea Sachs (not the one who wears Prada) has been writing for Travel since 2000. She travels near (Ellicott City, Jersey Shore) and far (Burma, Namibia, Russia), and finds adventure no matter the mileage. She is all packed for the Moon or North Korea, whichever opens first.



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