Wednesday, September 9, 2015

NYC East River Ferry Service Is Coming To Roosevelt Island In 2017 - NYC Economic Development Corp Roosevelt Island Ferry Community Outreach Presentation Wednesday October 7

As reported last February, Roosevelt Island will be part of a new NYC East River Ferry route starting in spring/summer 2017 that will include Astoria, Long Island City North, Roosevelt Island, East 34th Street and Pier 11 / Wall Street.

Image From Jeanmarie Evelly

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) will be conducting a Citywide Ferry Service outreach presentation to the Roosevelt Island community Wednesday, October 7 at 7:30 PM in the Good Shepherd Community Center (543 Main Street). The EDC Roosevelt Island ferry presentation is jointly sponsored by Community Board 8's (CB 8) Roosevelt Island Committee and the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA).

Image From NYC EDC

The NYC EDC conducted an outreach to the Astoria community last June. Here's video of the meeting.

Questions had previously been raised by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) regarding how the Roosevelt Island ferry dock would be financed.

It appears those questions have been answered and funds for the Roosevelt Island ferry dock will come from NYC.

Roosevelt Island's NYC Council Member Ben Kallos comments:
Ferry service is what Roosevelt Islanders need for a faster commute. Thank you to EDC and the RIOC for partnership in providing this vital transportation infrastructure for the island.
Here's a 2013 East River Ferry trip from LIC's Hunter's Point South to Greenpoint Brooklyn.

More info on NYC Ferry Service from the EDC and previous posts.