The ferry that serves the Rockaways is going to add a stop at the Brooklyn Army Terminal (140 58th Street). It will continue on to Lower Manhattan. It may start as soon as one week from today. The route will be subsidized, so hopefully it will be affordable. It would be great to have a viable alternative to the overcrowded N/R/D trains. Here's the press release. There will be a press conference with more details later today.
edited to add: And here are some of the details from the press release:
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn joined other elected officials today to announce that key parts of the plan developed by the Bloomberg Administration and the Speaker to bring ferry service to all five boroughs will begin May 12, when a new City Council-subsidized route from Far Rockaway to Lower Manhattan starts service. The route, which will run from Riis Landing in Far Rockaway to the Brooklyn Army Terminal to Pier 11 on South Street will connect commuters in Brooklyn and Southern Queens with Lower Manhattan.