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City shows off new landings for future citywide ferry service

By Bill Parry

The city provided a sneak peek at what 10 new ferry landings will look like as the upgrade of the Citywide Ferry Service begins next summer. The city’s Economic Development Corporation released renderings of the 35-foot-by-90-foot docks that are being fabricated for the launch of the service to be operated by Hornblower.

New landings will be established nest summer in Astoria and Rockaway and at the north end of Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City in 2018.

“Citywide Ferry is going to connect New Yorkers in 21 neighborhoods around the city with new opportunities for jobs and recreation—all for the price of a subway ride,” NYEDC President Maria Torres-Springer said. “Building the landings is another huge step as we work towards launching this exciting service in 2017.”

When fully complete, the landings will be equipped with canopies and wind screens to provide shelter from inclement weather. Ticket machines and waiting areas will also be located on the barges.

The city is investing $55 million in infrastructure upgrades, including the ferry landing, which are being constructed at a Staten Island facility.

Reach reporter Bill Parry by e-mail at bparry@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4538.

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