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News & Commuters hop on new Citywide Ferry from Rockaway to Wall St.

2017-06-06 01:48 [NEWS] Source:Netword
Guide:A cloudy Monday didnt put a damper on the first workday where Rockaway residents could cruise to Manhattan.

Monday, May 1, 2017, 12:26 PM

A cloudy Monday didn’t put a damper on the first workday where Rockaway residents could cruise to Manhattan.

Dozens of new Yorkers ditched their cars and kept their MetroCards in their wallet to take a ride on the New Citywide Ferry boats that left Beach 108th St. for Pier 11 at Wall St.

Mayor de Blasio was waiting at Wall St. to greet ferry travelers who took the 7:30 a.m. boat out of the Rockaways to see how their voyage went and snap a few selfies.

For $2.75 a trip, de Blasio’s Citywide Ferry network launched with the Rockaway and the existing East River ferry route. Ferry trips to Astoria and South Brooklyn will start this August.

De Blasio at Rockaway ferry maiden voyage for New service

“Look at this waterway, no traffic jam out there,” de Blasio said at Pier 11 at Wall St. “We need to get right back to the water, get people out of their cars.”

Laurie Meadoff, a lifelong Rockaway Beach resident, was happy to leave her car parked.

Meadoff, a partner at a marketing firm and founder of City Kids Foundation, was a regular ferry rider after Hurricane Sandy knocked the A line out of commission and a ferry service gave the peninsula a transit lifeline.

Mayor de Blasio was on hand to greet commuters on the New NYC Ferry as they arrived at Pier 11 in Manhattan on May 1.

Mayor de Blasio was on hand to greet commuters on the New NYC Ferry as they arrived at Pier 11 in Manhattan on May 1. (Theodore Parisienne/for new York Daily News)

“Driving is ridiculously expensive and the traffic in new York has gotten insane,” she said. “ For me it’s like LA. You just can wait for hours just getting from the tunnel, the Brooklyn-Battery, up the West Side Highway.”

Brett Van Leer Greenberg, an attorney born and raised in Rockaway Beach, was happy to say goodbye to the bumper-to-bumper traffic he faces on the Belt Parkway during his drive into lower Manhattan.

“I’m happy to bring my work, sit down, get done what I have to get done.” he said. “Tomorrow, I’m bringing my laptop. That’s the benefit.”

The ride on the East River Ferry — an existing, separate route that was folded into the New Citywide Ferry service — was as choppy as new York’s waters on Monday morning.

Veronica Ades, who normally takes the L train into Manhattan, said that she and her fellow ferry riders were late to work because of a mess up at the Greenpoint dock.

The 10:10 a.m. trip to 34th St. she planned to take never showed up, and commuters waiting with her said that they were standing around for their boat since 9:20 a.m.

For $2.75 a trip, de Blasio’s Citywide Ferry network launched with the Rockaway and the existing East River ferry route.

For $2.75 a trip, de Blasio’s Citywide Ferry network launched with the Rockaway and the existing East River ferry route. (Theodore Parisienne/for new York Daily News)

A boat arrived at 10:27 a.m. — and passengers were kicked off soon after they boarded and ordered back onto the dock at India St.

The reasons changed faster than the tide.

First, irate passengers were told that a scheduling snafu kept the boat from continuing its voyage, according to Ades. Then, they were told that there was a mechanical issue.

“They actually told us to walk to the L,” she said.

She waited for the next boat, but was dismayed that there was no backup bus to let commuters continue their trip to work.

“You’re rolling out this big thing, you’re throwing out all this press and the first day is a disaster,” Ades, a doctor in Bedford-Stuyvesant told the Daily News. “Most of us are two hours late for work.”

“Look at this waterway, no traffic jam out there,” de Blasio said at Pier 11 at Wall St.

“Look at this waterway, no traffic jam out there,” de Blasio said at Pier 11 at Wall St. (Theodore Parisienne/for new York Daily News)

She said that updates from crews and information screens was practically nonexistent.

“The mechanics is one thing, but the lack of planning that went into this is frustrating,” she said. “I have now lost my morning at work.”

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