Greenpoint’s ferry stop may be back in service by next Friday. The India Street dock that shut down in February after a ramp suddenly collapsed is expected to be replaced in the next week, according to the city’s Economic Development Corporation spokesman Ian Fried.
RedSky Capital, which privately owns the pier, should be finished installing the new ramp by the time the G train suspends service for five weeks for Superstorm Sandy repairs next Friday, said Fried, whose organization is in charge of the ferry route and works with the landings.
Greenpoint riders have had to take a shuttle to the North Williamsburg stop for the past five months.
“The G train is a critical transportation link for people in the area,” Fried said. “We recognize the importance of making sure the East River Ferry is operating in Greenpoint prior to the G train shutdown. RedSky has always operated with this in mind.”
The gangway leading to the ferry’s landing detached in February during a snowstorm, giving away moments after riders had crossed. Noone was injured.
Preliminary reports indicated the gangway itself was safe, but the poles holding it up had problems, Fried said.
Epic day for transportation: The East River Ferry set sail for the first time today. This ferry will connect various Brooklyn locations (docks on N. 6th, Schaefer Landing on the Southside and India St. in Greenpoint!), Long Island City and Midtown Manhattan. Thank you NY Waterway for saving us from another hellish wait on a subway platform! Oh and its free until June 24th. For more info go to the NY Waterway site and play with the interactive map.
The Post reports the city has granted Williamsburg’s wishes for a water taxi, as it’s sent out a wave of RFP’s to gauge interest in who wants to build a ferry landing. Naturally, they couldn’t resist writing “soon Brooklyn hipsters will be taking the ferry.”
Post, take us home:
They’re also looking at the possibility of ferry service to Roosevelt Island and Coney Island.
The ferry-expansion project will be funded by $4.4 million in federal transportation money and $1.1 million in city funds.