Free ferries are a popular commodity. So popular, in fact, that the East River Ferry has huge lines at just about every stop, and the boats are running on what can only loosely be described as a “schedule” (in fact, during off-peak hours, they’ve abandoned any pretense of a schedule, and are just running the boats on a continuous loop). Clearly, things will get better after next week, once the free ferry ceases to be free. But until then, they’ve issued this service advisory.
(Even with the crowds and the long lines, it’s nice to have ferry service back on the East River, and even nicer to be able to go directly to the Northside.)