Bring Ferry Service to Bay Ridge!

Bring Ferry Service to Bay Ridge!

    1. Justin Brannan
    2. Petition by

      Justin Brannan

      Brooklyn, NY

Direct commuter ferry service in Bay Ridge ended when the deteriorating 69th Street Pier was closed back in the early 90’s. Since then many groups have fought to bring it back. 

In 2004, Councilman Vincent Gentile secured funds specifically for the construction of a 20 x 30 foot ferry slip to be attached to the newly renovated American Veterans Memorial Pier. The effort had the full support of the Department of Transportation and a unanimous vote from Community Board 10. 

The push to return ferry service to Bay Ridge reached its apex in 2008 when local musician & activist Heather McCown and the Sunset-Ridge Waterfront Alliance delivered 1,500 signatures to Mayor Bloomberg demanding a ferry from Bay Ridge to Lower Manhattan.

In the end, the NYC Economic Development Corporation decided it would be “more economical” to give Sunset Park a new dock at 58th Street than to renovate the existing dock here at 69th Street.

As you all know, when it comes to public transportation, Bay Ridge is all but ignored. While our unique & vibrant neighborhood grows by leaps and bounds, there are fewer bus and subway options than ever.  

We are a hard-working community and we deserve fast & relaible transportation to and from Manhattan. 
That's why it's time to bring back ferry service to Bay Ridge once and for all.  

Just think: Bay Ridge to Wall Street in 20 minutes. This would be an absolute GAME CHANGER for our neck of the woods -- a dream for commuters a boon for our local small businesses. Together we can make this happen. 

There are a lot of changes coming in 2013 – especially a brand new mayor. Let’s make returning ferry service to Bay Ridge a cause that can’t be ignored!

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    1. Shuttle service to the ferry now available!

      Justin Brannan
      Petition Organizer

      We have been putting pressure on the MTA to subsidize shuttle service to the ferry at 58th Street - so far to no avail. Simply put, the MTA just doesn't see the 14+ month Montague Street tunnel closure as a big deal. They feel the various existing transfer options within the system are adequate.

      We have also asked the MTA to, among other things, slash & subsidize express bus fares and add more trains but they are just not interested. That said, we will keep trying; we're not giving up!

      In the meantime, Councilman Gentile has worked to secure a private company (fully-insured and licensed by DOT and TLC) to provide a $2 shuttle service to and from the pier at 58th Street during AM & PM rush hour.

      The shuttle will make stops along 4th Avenue near the R stations and deliver everyone to the pier in time for the ferry. For more information on this shuttle service, please contact Councilman Gentile's office at 718-748-5200 or by emailing jbrannan@council.nyc.gov

      Thanks!

    2. Maiden Voyage a Success!

      Justin Brannan
      Petition Organizer

      With over 100 riders, the first day of the Seastreak Ferry at 58th Street Pier at Brooklyn Army Terminal was a success!! Please tell your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers about this great service. $2 gets you to Wall Street in just 15 minutes. There is plenty of free parking at the pier and bikes are allowed on the ferry for free. Councilman Gentile is also working on bike racks for storage at the Pier as well as a shuttle to take riders from 4th Avenue to the Pier at 58th Street. Please visit www.seastreak.com for the full schedule.

    3. 58th Street Ferry is Back

      Justin Brannan
      Petition Organizer

      In response to the MTA’s announcement that they will shutter the Montague Street tunnel – a main artery connecting Brooklyn to Manhattan for repairs beginning this Friday evening – Speaker Quinn and Councilman Gentile have successfully brokered a deal with City Hall and the New York City Economic Development Corporation to make available a temporary ferry for southern Brooklyn residents in order to mitigate the impact of the closure and ease commutes. The $2 ferry will take riders from Sunset Park to Wall Street in 15 Minutes. Starts on Monday!

    4. Reached 1,500 signatures
    5. Nearly 1,500 supporters!

      Justin Brannan
      Petition Organizer

      Right now we are pushing for a temporary ferry from the Brooklyn Army Terminal/58th Street Pier for the duration of the 14+ month Montague Street "R" train tunnel closure. That's step one. Thanks for your support! Keep it up!

    6. Reached 1,000 signatures
    7. Building and building...

      Justin Brannan
      Petition Organizer

      Almost at 1,000 supporters!!

    8. Reached 750 signatures
    9. Wow!

      Justin Brannan
      Petition Organizer

      This time yesterday we asked to reach 500 - now we're up to 631 supporters! Lots of stuff going on behind the scenes. So stay tuned!

    10. Reached 500 signatures
    11. On their radar!

      Justin Brannan
      Petition Organizer

      Wow! 469 supporters! There's a lot going on behind the scenes and the idea is picking up steam. Let's keep it going! People are watching!

    12. Keep sharing

      Justin Brannan
      Petition Organizer

      Over 300 signatures in less than 24 hours. Let's keep it going! Thanks!!

    13. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Matthew Grieco BROOKLYN, NY
      • about 1 month ago

      I can't imagine a more beautiful commute than biking out to the pier in Bay Ridge and going straight to work!

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    • BEATA PRZYBYSZEWSKA BROOKLYN, NY
      • about 1 month ago

      THE WATER COMMUTE SHOULD BE MORE UTILIZED.

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    • Shelly Heitman BROOKLYN, NY
      • about 1 month ago

      The train is overcrowded and much further . Ferry is a wonderful options for those folks living in bayridge w/o a car to drive to 58th street pier

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    • Christopher Leonhardt BROOKLYN, NY
      • 3 months ago

      Overcrowded trains. I live three stops from 95th Street Station on R Line and by the time the train gets to me, it's STANDING ROOM ONLY! Not worried about me, but with a 5yr and a 1yr it's a little cumbersome and frustrating when people aren't paying attention to their surroundings and bumping into my children

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    • Chris Wong BROOKLYN, NY
      • 4 months ago

      Easier commute to Manhattan

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