Water taxis will be cruising into Christopher St.
Who says it’s hard to get a taxi in the Far West Village? Well, not anymore — at least not a water taxi, that is.
New York Water Taxi will be starting service at the Christopher St. Pier on Sat., March 31.
Rates for a “hop-on/hop-off,” all-day pass are $26 for adults and $16 for children.
Ferries will depart from Pier 45 (the Christopher St. Pier) every 45 minutes from 10:20 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. from April through October.
“It’s a very robust service,” said Travis Noyes, N.Y.W.T.’s senior vice president of sales and marketing. “It will be daily service and year-round.”
From November to March, there will be half as many stops at Christopher St., with the boats leaving every 90 minutes.
Other stops include W. 44th St., Battery Park (9/11 Memorial), South St. Seaport and DUMBO (Fulton Ferry landing).
Noyes said N.Y.W.T. expects the Christopher St. stop won’t be used by commuters but will be a “leisure stop — for people who want to take the ferry over to DUMBO for Grimaldi’s Pizzeria or to just get out on the water,” he said. “The majority of our users are locals — but they use it for leisure purposes rather than for commuting.”
The water taxis are also popular with tourists, he added. There’s a Sept. 11 Memorial package, but that has to be purchased at the W. 44th St. location. There’s also the “Bike and Roll” package, in which people can, for example, bike to the Brooklyn Bridge, then take a water taxi to see the city and the Statue of Liberty from offshore.
New York Water Taxi is a self-financing, profitable company, Noyes said. Tom Fox, who founded the business, retired a year and a half ago. Its current president is Helena Durst.
For more information, call 212-742-1969 or go to nywatertaxi.com .