Great Wave New Yorkers take to the water with debut of NYC Ferry ew Yorkers move fast. We have places to go, people to meet, things to do, worlds to explore—and we need reliable, fast transportation to get us there. Well, New Yorkers are in luck. The city is about to be inundated with new ferries helping commuters get to where they need to be for just $2.75 in a New York minute. The brand new citywide ferry service, NYC Ferry, operated by Hornblower for the city of New York, has one goal in mind: create a new and enjoyable transportation option for everyday commuters—an 32 Marine Log // June 2017 Yearbook
option that doesn’t involve the stress of everyday delays, crowding, and stiffling heat the NYC subway system (part of the MTA) is notorious for. Calling the NYC Ferry’s launch a “new day for our city,” Mayor Bill de Blasio is betting big that his new citywide ferry service will be a success—ushering a new wave of transportation options for underserved communities, such as the Rockaways—a peninsula in Queens, NY. At the launch of the Rockaway route on May 1, the Mayor said, “For the first time in generations, our amazing New York Harbor
is part of our city’s critical public transportation system” (so much for the Staten Island Ferry). The service launched a full month ahead of schedule. And while it hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing—one ferry had to be pulled from service on the first day because of a small mechanical issue, an oil spill on the East River slowed service at the start of week 2, and demand has been hig her than expected prompting long wait times— NYC Ferry is being met with plenty of excitement and enthusiasm from locals and tourists alike.
Photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office
By Shirley Del Valle, Managing Editor, Marine Log