East River Ferry service returns to Greenpoint
by Jess Berry
Jul 30, 2014 | 1187 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last Saturday marked the long-awaited return of the East River Ferry service, just in time to ease some of the strain from the five-week shut down of the G train.

The India Street ferry has been closed since mid-February, when the pier collapsed. The pier’s private owner, RedSky Capital, has been working in conjunction with the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) on rebuilding the pier since then.

“We thank our passengers for their patience as the pier’s owner rebuilt the ferry landing on India Street to rigorous safety standards,” EDC President Kyle Kimball said. “We are grateful to be able to bring ferry service back to the Greenpoint neighborhood to support riders during the G train suspension.”

RedSky and EDC were both under pressure from a number of politicians to have the repairs completed before the train suspension, shutting down the G train for five weeks for Hurricane Sandy-related repair work.

State Senator Daniel Squadron had been pushing for the return of the ferry service, and he said he would still continue to look into reasons for why the pier collapsed in February, as well as continue discussions on making further improvements and service expansions.

"The G train shutdown is going to be painful, but hopefully more options will mean less inconvenience for Greenpoint,” Squadron said. “Fortunately, service has been restored just in time – it took too long, but I'm glad the option is back.”

Councilmember Stephen Levin, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Assemblyman Joseph Lentol also praised the relaunch of the ferry service.

“For the next five weeks we will be missing a major component of our transportation system and the return of the East River Ferry at India Street comes just in the nick of time,” Levin said. “The Greenpoint community depends on a safe and reliable East River Ferry and it is important now more than ever that it will be back up and running.”

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