Joe Hanania reports that at this week’s CB3 transportation meeting, EDC officials revealed that the proposed Grand Street ferry stop will likely not be quite on Grand Street when it opens for service in 2018.
The area just south of the bandshell is now cited as the most likely location because of additional room on the river and greater water depth. Joe explains that the dock would stick out perpendicularly into the East River to be able to hold two boats, so it’s important to have room for the shipping channel.
The new location is closer to the pedestrian bridge from the bandshell to Corlears Hook Park, providing better access to the several bus lines that connect Grand Street to the rest of Manhattan.
The Lo-Down reports that an environmental review is now underway, and public hearings on the proposal should be scheduled this fall.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today expansion of NYC’s ferry service in all five boroughs, including two additional stops on the east side at 23rd St. and Grand St.
The proposed route would connect north to Astoria and south to Wall St, where one could transfer to additional points along the East River and around the upper harbor.
House committee member Joseph Hanania set up a petition two years ago to bring a ferry stop to Grand Street that brought in over 600 signatures and won the support of our local representatives. He explained back then that the stop was a missing link along the waterfront, connecting to three bus lines that dive into Manhattan as well as all the playing fields in East River Park.
The NYC Economic Development Corporation released a report last year showing how ferry service had led to a jump in home values within an eighth of a mile of service stops by 8 percent above normal market rate.
As envisioned, the Grand Street stop would not open until 2018.
At our meeting last month, Joseph Hanania again brought up the idea of using the existing dock at the fireboat house for an East River Ferry stop. He set up a petition last year that you can still sign your name to if you like the idea.
Earlier this year, the NYC Economic Development Corporation released a report indicating that ferry service has had an impact on real estate prices near stops in Brooklyn and Queens. And the Grand Street stop is being considered for future expansion.
The service, which launched in 2011, led to a jump in home values within an eighth of a mile of its stops by 8 percent above the normal market rate, according to an analysis by the city Economic Development Corporation.