As Frieze New York opens, one of the main question is: how do I get there?
Last year’s debut proved the art fair to be a major success, and judging by the decamping of major galleries from the Armory, this year proves to be even stronger.
But I digress. We want to go, but what are the best ways, especially since the tickets are very pricey this year, and DO NOT include transportation like they did last year.
Frieze ferry service
The most luxurious way to arrive to the fair is by ferry. Last year, it was fun and made you feel like you were heading to a real destination. It runs from the 35th Street Ferry Dock on the East River every fifteen 15 minutes takes about 20 minutes. The cost: $12.50 round-trip including booking fee. Tickets only available in advance.
Again, it’s a bit hard to get to the ferry itself. Try either take the M34 bus to 34th Street and FDR Drive or via Subway take the 6 train to 33rd Street and Park Ave and walk east to FDR Drive.
MTA Bus M35
Why not take the bus from Harlem? They don’t mention this option on the Frieze New York web site, but it COULD be convenient.
Take the 4, 5 or 6 train to 125 Street and then wait for the M35 on Lexington just uptown from 125th Street (the bus then travels down 124th Street) to Randall’s Island. The schedule seems frequent enough and takes about ten minutes. The walk to the fair is about another ten or fifteen minutes.
Frieze bus Service
Less convenient is the Frieze bus but more relaxing. It departs from Guggenheim Museum on 5th Avenue between 88th and 89th Streets, which is might be slightly less convenient since it’s a slight walk from the 6 train. Buses run every 10 minutes, takes 15-20 minutes, and cost $5.50 round-trip including booking fee. Tickets only available in advance.
The 103rd Street Footbridge is open to pedestrians and cyclists 24 hours a day. The bridge is accessible at the East River Esplanade at 103rd Street and FDR Drive. Bike racks are provided within the park.
15 minutes from the Upper East Side, 30 minutes from Chelsea. Randall’s Island has paid parking for 1,300 cars. A valet service is also available.
$20 for self park
$40 for valet
All car and taxi access to Randall’s Island via the RFK (Triborough) Bridge. From Manhattan board the bridge at East 125th Street and stay left for the exit to Randall’s Island/ Icahn stadium, immediately after the toll plaza.
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