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Ahoy! Bay Ridge and Sunset Park students name new ferries

Done deal: East River Ferry riders can ride the high seas for the price of a subway trip once the citywide ferry service gets underway next year.
Economic Development Corporation

It’s the best of boat worlds!

Students from two Southern Brooklyn neighborhoods named four vessels that will tread water this summer as part of the citywide ferry service. The city asked second-graders to come up with monikers for 13 of the boats, and Bay Ridge and Sunset Park tykes beat the competition for four coveted name slots that will add some Southern Brooklyn flare to the boats backsides, said one educator.

“We felt it was important to come up with something that would capture the spirit of the neighborhood,” said Jen McNulty, a Sunset Park teacher whose students invented one of the epithets. “We wanted it to be very Brooklyn.”

Kids from PS 971 named one vessel “Sunset Crossing” — though some Brooklynites may lament that the city did not go with another of their submissions: the “Fuhgettaboutit Ferry.”

“I was shocked that they didn’t go for Fuhgettaboutit Ferry, but Sunset Crossing relates to the neighborhood, and some of the girls in the class thought it was dreamy,” said McNulty.

Farther south, students at Bay Ridge’s PS 170 dubbed three boats the “Friendship Express,” “McShiny,” and “Lunchbox,” which surprisingly has its roots in the school’s diversity, said one educator.

“My school is very diverse and everyday when the kids take out their lunchboxes they see them carrying foods from different cultures,” said Tony Wu, who is the principal of PS 170. “And they compared the boats to their lunchboxes because the ferry’s carry all different people.”

Schools within half a mile of the new ferry landings — which in Brooklyn includes Downtown, Red Hook, Sunset Park, and Bay Ridge — were invited to participate in the naming contest to highlight their respective neighborhoods and for creativity that can only be achieved by kids, said a spokesman for the Economic Development Corporation.

“Some of the names we chose reference the city’s history, or its geography,” said Anthony Hogrebe. “And others simply demonstrate the kind of creativity that you can only get from second graders.”

Each name went through a trademark process and will be registered with the U.S. Coast Guard.

The South Brooklyn route of the new ferry service, which costs $2.75 per ride, will shove off on June 1.

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at cspivack@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2523. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.

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