‘Ello, Gov’nor

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Borough President Mark­owitz took the maiden voyage of the New York Water Taxi from Red Hook to Governors Island on Wednesday, a photo-op to promote a new summerlong service between Brooklyn and the historic, tear-drop-shaped island.

Starting on June 2, the uninhabited island — a former Coast Guard base — will be open for summer concerts, bike rides and historic tours, and the water taxi will shuttle people to the tantalizingly close island.

Markowitz called the Brooklyn-based service a “win win” for everyone.

“It’s easy to get to, it’s cheap, what could be better?” said the borough-boosting Beep. “It opens up an area for people not only in Brooklyn, but beyond to come into Red Hook.”

Judith Daily, a member of Community Board 6, agreed that the water taxi’s service will be great. “You’ve got the clean, fresh air,” said Daily. “Plus, it leaves you right in the back of Fairway.”

The ferry departs from the pier behind Fairway (at the foot of Van Brunt Street in Red Hook). Adults, $5. Call (212) 742-1969 for information or go to

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