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City officials to host community info session about Coney Island ferry stop

Rock the boat: Coney Islanders who want to weigh in on the city’s plan to drop a ferry dock in Coney Island Creek can attend an “information session and community workshop” May 6 at 7 p.m. at the neighborhood’s YMCA, on W. 29th Street between Surf and Mermaid avenues.
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Call it a chance to rock the boat!

Coney Islanders who want to weigh in on the city’s plans to add a ferry stop in the People’s Playground can attend an “information session and community workshop” with city officials at 7 p.m. tonight at the Coney Island YMCA.

The hour-and-a-half-long event, at the W. 29th Street community center between Surf and Mermaid avenues, will feature planning and engineering reps from the Economic Development Corporation — the quasi-governmental agency tasked with growing the city’s economy that operates the ferry system— who will discuss the pros and cons of different possible dock locations, according to information from senior project manager Wil Fisher.

Mayor Bill de Blasio first announced plans for the boat stop in Sodom by the Sea in January after years of advocacy by locals calling for a ferry stop in the transit-starved neighborhood. Ferries originating in Coney Island will stop in Bay Ridge before sailing to Wall Street’s Pier 11 in trips that honchos predict will take less than 40 minutes, according to Economic Development Corporation spokeswoman Stephanie Baez, who previously told this paper that service is expected to begin in the neighborhood by 2021.

But the location of the dock has become a point of contention among locals, some of whom argued that the city’s tentative initial plan to put the dock near the mouth of Coney Island Creek, around W. 31st Street and Bayview Ave., was not logistically or environmentally sound.

In February, reps from the economic development agency clarified at a community meeting that they were in fact studying a 10-block stretch of Kaiser Park, from W. 23rd to W. 33rd streets, in determining where to drop the dock, while many locals charged that a docking site deeper in the creek would be preferable than one near the mouth of the waterway, which they alleged would disturb locals who live on Bayview Avenue and contribute to even more traffic on that roadway.

Locals who plan to attend the Monday night event should RSVP to rmiranda@edc.nyc.

NYC Ferry information session and community workshop at the Coney Island YMCA (2980 W 29th St. between Surf and Mermaid avenues). May 6 at 7 p.m.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 1:36 pm, May 6, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

MJ from Bay Ridge says:
The new Coney Island-Bay Ridge ferry route will probably service tourists going between Coney Island and Manhattan in the summer. This arrangement likely limits seats availability for passengers of the middle Bay Ridge stop.
May 6, 1:34 pm
The Hunkster from Bed-Stuy says:
Let's see if there are enough riders to meet the overall operating costs without the total burden of city taxpayers, especially for summer coming up.
May 7, 10:23 am
bklynwunder says:
Let's see how they will handle the drunken crowds lining up at the end of the day, without toilets on the docks.
May 7, 12:14 pm
keith thomas from coney island says:
As a long term resident of coney island, we do not want the ferry service dock to be placed at Bayview and 36th street. Coney island cannot handle all the car traffic with all the new highrises going up, beachgoers, baseball crowd free concerts goers and the amusement park crowd. We CAN NOT HANDLE THE ADDITIONAL CAR TRAFFIC. From 36th street and Bayview there is only one direction leaving coney island making it more difficult to leave.
May 8, 10:57 pm

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