38th St (Pier 78), New York, NY | Directions 1003640.760262 -73.993287
Horrible, unprofessional service – I rarely write reviews, but the service on the newly opened waterway taxi was so horrible, I compels me to warn other folks to stay away or petition this company to treat their customers with more respect.
My fiance and I took the 34th Street Manhattan service to LIC yesterday late morning - that was fine, a little delayed but no huge hiccups. They even had a gentlement at the port available to answer questions - great. The way BACK in the afternoon from LIC, however, was a completely different story. COMPLETELY HORRIBLE AND UNPROFESSIONAL> We arrived to catch the 3:55 service to Manhattan only to find folks were still waiting for the 3:20 service. There was no one manning the station or anyone available at customer service via phone to explain the delay. When a boat finally came, it was for the wrong direction and even worse, the attendants securing the boat were belligerent and dismissive when asked questions by customers re: the tardiness of the Northbound service.
I was horrified at how unprofessional they were with one individual cursing out the customers and the other "blaming management" and saying our complaints are going in one ear and out the other. No matter how angry your customers might be, you NEVER EVER retaliate back and you definitely DO NOT curse them to their face - very immature. That's the quickest way to lose people, and paints a horrible picture for the company.
I am extremely disappointed in this service as I was initially excited at the thought of living in LIC and using the ferry. This will make me rethink if I want to move into the area if transportation options are going to be this bad (the 7 train has also been down a bit). The MTA might be inconsistent with spotty service but at least they have people available to explain the situation!
Not sure why – The man on my way to new jersey city threaten me and call me names because I not understand. He threaten me and say mean things. I only visit and he say my mom and balls in her mouth. I will never visit this boat again. No standard of professional conduct.
bad people work on boat
tough luck for the West New York residents – There's no arguing that this is the best commute to the city. The views from the ferry are wonderful and it's a short trip across the water from the Port Imperial ferry terminal.
But you're out of luck if you're a resident in the apartment and condo communities north of the terminal (Bulls Ferry, Jacobs Ferry) who rely on the shuttle bus (also operated by NY Waterway) to get to the terminal.
For some bizarre reason, the shuttles to the terminal are NOT timed so that passengers arrive on time to catch the next ferry. In fact, it's quite the opposite, they often arrive just as the ferry is pulling away from the terminal, or a minute before departure time. This means that everyone has to get off the shuttle and run like crazy to try and reach the boat, or end up waiting another 10 or 20 minutes for the next one.
And because the NY Waterway buses in Manhattan change their routes after the 10am ferry arrives, if you work over on the east side and miss the 10am ferry, the bus is useless and you end up either taking the NYC Transit bus across town, or, if you're in a hurry, blowing $12+ on a taxi.
The situation gets really bad between 9 and 10am on weekdays. Odds are, if you live in Jacobs Ferry or Bulls Ferry, you need to allow an extra 15 minutes or more on your commute in order to budget in time spent standing at the bus stop, praying the bus will arrive soon so you can get the ferry and make it to work on time.
It might seem like a small thing, but a lot of people paid a lot of money for their apartments and condos for the very reason that they would have a short commute to the city, and just because NY Waterway could care less about their customers, commuting time for locals has gotten to be longer than it needs to be. (It wasn't like this in early 2009.)
If NY Waterway would have those shuttles leave 5 minutes earlier than they currently are, there would be no problem. The buses would get to the terminal with enough time for passengers to walk at a normal pace to the boat slips.
Oh, and good luck if you get the bus driver in the morning who's bald and wears glasses. He talks on his cell phone while driving, and even when he's making left turns (which would be a great time to keep both hands on the wheel). Never mind that this is illegal in NJ, it's also just plain unsafe, especially when he's got the lives of his passengers in his hands.
And he could care less about the fact that people are in a hurry to get to work in the morning. At least the other driver, the younger Cuban guy, is mindful of the time and hustles to get people to the ferry. The cell phone guy seems to actually enjoy reaching the terminal too late. I guess he's related to the someone high up at NY Waterway, because he clearly knows he has a job for life and has to answer to no one.
While NY Waterway was quick to take advantage of the role they played in rescuing people from the downed US Air flight in the Hudson (printing huge banners to hang on the NY and NJ terminals, starting up "Miracle on the Hudson" tours, even making a video about the event that they ran in the terminals) they really don't care what the daily commuters think about the "service" they're getting (or not getting).
Calls to their offices just get you someone person telling you how sorry they are and they'll report your complaint, but nothing is ever done.
Yes, it's a great way to get to work, but for anyone thinking of buying or renting in Bulls Ferry, Jacob's Ferry, or the other K Hovnanian buildings in West New York and Guttenberg because you want a quick easy trip to work every day, think twice about how short your commute is really going to be, if that's why you're moving there.
Oh, and the fares just went up.
Better than Circle Line – Took the family to enjoy a "Touristy" thing. Did the Circle line years ago, looked into Cirlce Line and NY Waterways -- and decided to "try these guys". The 90 minute tour was great. Boat was half Full -- all the Top Level seats went first. Beautiful sky. Once the Boat got underway they opened the front to passengers -- forget about the Top Level. As the trip went on passengers moved about and we all had seats of our choosing. Tour Guide was very personable and knowledgeable about the topics he spoke. We all thought the 90 minutes was "Just Right" - and I am glad I did not do the Circle Line 2 hour tour. Bathrooms were disgusting - but thats to be expected I guess. I used the bus they provide to get back into mid-town (saved some cab fare). On board concession stand was limited to beer, soda , water from a plastic cooler. Maybe they had packaged snacks - I didn't notice.
An enjoyable way to see the city via its harbors and adjoining rivers. – Overview
Whether you're looking to sail over to the baseball game, cruise around the island, learn about nautical history or escape upstate, NY Waterway will provide you with informed transport via ferry services set against beautiful views of the city's skyline. Departures are available from New Jersey (Weehawken, Hoboken and Jersey City), Manhattan (World Financial Center, South Street Seaport and more) and Queens (Hunterspoint Terminal).
The regular cruises have tell-all names like the Yankee Clipper and the Broadway Bound. Other boating adventures include trips to the North Hudson, the Rockefeller Estate, Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown (via the ferry).
Too many tourists – Crowded, cramped, full of tourists. The tour guide was great, but with so many people on the boat clamoring for the best spot to take a picture from, it was not a lot of fun. But you do get to see more than you see from the Staten Island Ferry.
Cruisin' – By far the best way to travel around the city. Plenty of room on the cities sleekest and cleanest fleet of tour boats. No crowds liek the Cirle Line and the FREE shuttle bus makes it the best sightseeing value in NY!
Boats – Great way to see Manhattan inexpensively. I am a native NYer and have taken it several times. I really loved the one that goes completely around Manhattan Island. It really reminds you that it is an Island. Gudes are really knowledgable
A Must For All Latin Music Lovers!!! – Escuchen Latinos, esto esta para gozar!!! I heard about a Music Cruise that NY Waterway offers with latin music and myself being the latin music lover that I am I jumped on the idea. I invited a few friends after work to happy hour on a Wednesday night. We all had a nice dinner but needed a change of atmosphere so I suggested the latin music cruise. We all agreed and found it to be very affordable at $17. So, we headed to NY Waterway's Latin Music Cruise. Upon boarding the music and atmosphere was great. The music played on board was the latest salsa hits, merengue hits, etc We danced, had a few drinks and made new friends all while enjoying the NYC skyline at night. It was totally breathtaking. Needless to say, we had the best time. I am definitely heading back there again with a few friends.
a fun ride – spent the day in new york with my grandson the waterway was so much fun we enjoyed it as we are from jersey city, nj
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