Ferries have made a bit of a comeback lately with the East River Ferry, Governor’s Island Ferry, and even a ferry to Ikea in Brooklyn. The first ferry route between Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, however, was established in the 1630s, just a few years after the settling of New York by the Dutch. While Cornelius Dircksen Hoagland may have been the first to run a ferry between the two boroughs, Robert Fulton and his brother-in-law William Cutting popularized it in more modern times.
Manhattan and Brooklyn have always been dependent on one another (a large percentage of Hoagland’s passengers were farmers bringing daily produce into Manhattan). Manhattan residents were moving to Brooklyn as far back as the 1600s, but the introduction of the Fulton Ferry, which opened in 1814, cemented Brooklyn as New York’s first suburb.
Unlike ferries in the past, the Fulton Ferry provided not only regular service, but…
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