The city said earlier this month that the India Street pier would be repaired by the time G service ends for five weeks while crews repair Hurricane Sandy damage to the tube under Newtown Creek, but work on the dock that collapsed into the East River in February is still not done and Greenpointers are feeling the transit squeeze.
“Our options are getting a bit scarce,” said Kendall Kipnas, who lives near the Nassau Avenue stop and usually takes the G into Queens to catch the 7 to work in Manhattan. “This might be pretty miserable.”
One local elected official said he is waiting for the ferry to resume service just like everyone else.
“With the G train outage two days away, anything less than full service before the outage is unacceptable,” said state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D–Greenpoint). “The ferry has become a part of Greenpointers’ and northern Brooklynites’ daily life, and it must be treated as such, especially with the outage looming.” [Read more...]
The gangway’s status is noted on the East River Ferry website, though no updates have been made since February 19. Preliminary investigation revealed that two “spud piles” that held the barge in position had failed, resulting in the barge drifting to the west and the ramp’s subsequent collapse. It goes on to say that “We have been advised by the pier owner that additional dive teams are going to be sent to the site to remove the piles for further examination in order to assess the cause of their failure. The retrieval of those piles and the determination of the cause of their failure are required before the facility can be restored to service.”
Daily News explains that the hold-up is due in part to financing the expense of a crane required to complete the investigation:
The city is “aggressively” working with RedSky Capital to finish an investigation and get ferry service back online, a New York City Economic Development Corp. spokesman said.“We are optimistic that a strengthened ferry landing will welcome back service in the near future,” an agency spokesman said.
RedSky co-founder Benjamin Stokes didn’t respond to requests for comment, but a city official briefed on the issue said the developer is fighting demands to hire a crane to complete the investigation. The operation would require the use of a crane for the investigation, and again during the repair work. The city wants to determine what went wrong before the repairs will be authorized. RedSky’s principals only want to hire the crane once, officials said.
Despite his history of green-lighting unpopular projects that will exacerbate Greenpoint’s already-limited access to public transit, Councilman Stephen Levin voiced outrage at the lack of action:
“Them balking because they didn’t want to spend some extra money getting a crane out to do the investigation is outrageous,” said Councilman Stephen Levin (D-Greenpoint). “There has to be answers as to why this happened,” he added. “Because somebody really could have died.”
Regardless, Greenpoint is about to get screwed. Starting July 26 and continuing to September 1, the G train will not run between Nassau and Court Square. Get ready to suffer Greenpointers during summer’s sweatiest time of year.
— David Dymmel (@DavidDymmel) February 13, 2014
We’re just glad no one was hurt! That said, those ramps always feel pretty precarious, even when there’s good weather.
About 10 people had crossed the India Street ramp less than a minute before the collapse, she said. No one was injured, but riders were shaken.
“It was definitely scary,” Lief said.
The ferry service, owned by New York Waterways, issued an alert shortly after to tell commuters service at Greenpoint terminal was shut down. It’s still not clear what caused the gangway to fall, a spokesman told the Daily News.
“East River Ferry service to and from the Greenpoint Pier is suspended until further notice as we continue to assess the cause of a gangway that detached this morning,” the company said in an e-mailed statement. “A team of engineers will be sent to investigate the cause and repairs will be made as soon as possible.”
Though it’s too cold to take the ferry on a day like today – at least for us – we hope this happens:
New stops could be on the way for the East River Ferry — but only if the city or a private ferry company is willing to spend tens of millions of dollars to get the new routes up and running, according to a new report.
The New York City Economic Development Corporation released a Citywide Ferry Study this week suggesting 11 new stops along five additional ferry routes, including East 23rd Street and Grand Street in Manhattan, Astoria in Queens and St. George on Staten Island….
The EDC initially considered 55 potential new ferry stops, based on suggestions from residents, but decided that just 11 spots were viable: Van Brunt Street in Red Hook; Bay Ridge; Astoria Cove; Roosevelt Island South; Long Island City North, Soundview in The Bronx; East 62nd Street; East 23rd Street; Grand Street; St. George on Staten Island and Beach 108th/116th Street in Queens, according to the report.
Recapping some of your weekend commuting options:
And now the East River Ferry may or may not suck.
[T]he large number of travelers we are carrying has resulted in many boats reaching their Coast Guard mandated capacity and the loading and unloading of large crowds has at times caused delays in scheduled departures. We expect this to last throughout the free trial period which ends on June 24. If you plan on using the East River Ferry during the free period, especially during the weekend of June 18th and 19th, you should anticipate long boarding delays.
Oh well. Chillax – it’s the weekend!. Enjoy the view during that long platform/pier wait, or simply explore those other alternative modes of transportation.
This could prove useful, especially considering how the L train’s weekend “service” has seriously made us question the MTA’s sanity of late: the new East River Ferry, with three pickups in the Williamsburg/Greenpoint area (India St. in Greenpoint, N. 6th St. in N. Williamsburg, Schaefer Landing in S. Williamsburg) will be offering FREE ferry service for its first few days of operation – from June 13-24.
The ferry operates from 7am-8:30pm, with pickups every 20-30 minutes. It also offers a free connecting bus service from the East 34th St. terminal and into east midtown. No word yet on how much the ferry will cost Edit: from a helpful commenter: After the 24th, 1 way trips will be $4, all-day hop-on hop-off passes will be $12, a monthly unlimited pass will be $140, and monthly unlimited with bike $170.
Check out the service map below for more info, or visit the ferry’s website.