April 23, 2017
By Neal Tepel
New York, NY – Mayor Bill de Blasio on April 17th, welcomed the first three of 20 total NYC Ferry vessels into New York Harbor. The boats departed from Liberty Landing in New Jersey before docking at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
In keeping with maritime tradition, the docking included the christening of the first NYC Ferry vessel. Named “Lunchbox” by Bay Ridge’s P.S. 170 2nd graders, the first ferry was christened by Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, who will serve as “godmother” to the ferry boat. The dedication ceremony also included a reading of Sailor’s Paraphrase of the 23rd Psalm, by FDNY Chaplain Ann Kansfield. Additional boats will be christened in the coming weeks.
“All Aboard! As we prepare for launch day on May 1, we celebrate the arrival of NYC Ferry to New York Harbor and what this new citywide ferry service represents: greater opportunity for every New Yorker, from the Rockaways to the Bronx, and at just $2.75 a ride,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
In addition to welcoming the new boats, the City announced the construction of new infrastructure at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park and Atlantic Basin in Red Hook that will serve New Yorkers when the South Brooklyn route launches in June. New York City also released a new 2017 NYC Ferry map, highlighting the routes that will be activated this year, and announced schedules for the Rockaway Route and East River Route, both of which will be operating May 1. The map and timetable will be displayed at all East River and Rockaway landings by May 1, and at the South Brooklyn and Astoria landings prior to those routes launching in June and August. When the system is fully launched, in 2018, the combined routes will cover more than 60 miles of waterway.
“I’m so honored to christen this first ferry. In just two weeks, this service will start transforming the way thousands of New Yorkers travel. The docks are ready. The boats are ready. The riders are ready. NYC Ferry is about to become a reality!” Deputy Alicia Mayor Glen said.
“After months of construction and weeks of travel, the new NYC Ferry boats are officially here in the five boroughs. And in just two weeks’ time, New Yorkers will be able to ride these brand new boats themselves – to work, to school, or to explore all the incredible things our waterfront has to offer,” said New York City Economic Development Corporation President and CEO James Patchett.
NYC Ferry is hiring for various jobs, including captains and deckhands. Jobseekers can apply directly through Hornblower’s website, www.ferry.nyc. NYC Ferry will ultimately provide 200 jobs, all of which will pay the City’s Living Wage or higher and provide comprehensive benefits. For more information on NYC Ferry and to stay up-to-date on the latest information visit www.ferry.nyc.