Wishy washy: Ferry system adds Navy Yard stop — but still has no start date

Big berth-a: The Navy Yard will house a stop for the new city-wide ferry service, and will also be the boats’ “home port.”
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There’s another stop, but still no start.

A new ferry port at the Navy Yard will eventually join five others opening up on the Brooklyn waterfront, Mayor DeBasio announced Wednesday — but he refused say when the new city-wide boat-based transit service will actually set sail beyond sometime “this summer,” saying straphangers will have to wait until next month to find out.

“My specific target is ‘this summer,’ ” Hizzoner said at a press conference. “In April we will have the announcement of specific dates and phases, but right now we’re going to have a nice, clear ‘this summer.’ ”

The city has previously said the new service will launch in June, but even if that holds true, the lines won’t all start at that time, officials also revealed.

The “Rockaway” route — between the titular seaside Queens neighborhood, the Army Terminal in Sunset Park, and Manhattan — will launch first, followed by the “South Brooklyn” line — which will hit stops in Bay Ridge, the Brooklyn Army Terminal, Red Hook, and two in Brooklyn Bridge Park — according to city Economic Development Corporation spokesman Anthony Hogrebe. An “Astoria” route in Queens will be third, he said.

The newly revealed Navy Yard stop will join the existing East River Ferry route — which sails between Dumbo and Greenpoint — and won’t open until 2018. The Fort Greene former shipyard will also house the new ferry system’s “home port,” where operator Hornblower will dock, refuel, and maintain its 20-vessel fleet, DeBlasio said.

There is also a proposed leg between Coney Island, Staten Island, and Manhattan, but that doesn’t have the go-ahead yet.

A ferry trip will cost the same as a ride on the subway — even the East River Ferry, which will drop its current $4–$6 fare — but there is still no deal with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for free transfers to trains or buses, the mayor said.

“It would be ideal if we could do it as a single fare, but that’s going to take some real work because they’re operating on different systems and there’s real budgetary ramificati­ons,” he said. “I can’t guarantee it.”

DeBlasio also used Wednesday’s presser to tout the jobs now up for grabs with the ferry service — including captains, deckhands, engineers, and maintenance workers. You can check them out at

Reach deputy editor Ruth Brown at or by calling (718) 260–8309. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Scp from Sunset park says:
I would love to see a stop near Industry City!! Big gap there, and d/n/r stop is nearby!
March 8, 2017, 2:21 pm
Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from BS, BK, NY, US says:
Good: Another public transportation option at affordable costs; Bad: More luxury redevelopment at or near the CFS Dock stations; Ugly: Gentrification and the higher costs of living along the waterfront. A catch-22, or a domino effect, or a double-edged sword to say the least.
March 9, 2017, 11:02 am
good idea from use of city properties says:
Best use of government owned property is for governments own use and to facilitate their projects like this one.

And worst use for government owned property is for non-government use or unrelated projects.

Government should stay out of private business and not be competing with rentals to the private sector. Government shouldn't be in the land rental business or any other business for that matter. They're suppose to govern, not sell.

All government operations should be moved to government owned facilities like these.
March 9, 2017, 12:25 pm
Formerly of from Scp's says:
39th street was a ferry stop back in the day. Way back.
March 9, 2017, 9:07 pm

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