All Aboard for Rockaway Beach

“The transformation of the heart is a wondrous thing, no matter how you land there,” Patti Smith wrote about falling in love with Rockaway Beach in her memoir, “M Train.” Landing there got easier last month when ferry service for $2.75 began, connecting Lower Manhattan and the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens. Adventurous types — surfers, cyclists, sun-seekers and food explorers — as well as those simply looking for an affordable day at the beach, are now lining up hourly at Pier 11, near Wall Street, for the hourlong ride.

The speedy 149-seat NYC Ferry features big picture windows and a roof deck, the views grand on both levels when passing under the majestic Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and skimming by sailboats, freighters and cruise ships in New York Harbor. There’s a stop in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, before docking at Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive.

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