July 20, 2016
Citywide ferry service coming to Atlantic Basin in 2017
NEW YORK–– The de Blasio Administration and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today announced that the Citywide Ferry Service ferry landing for Red Hook will be located at Atlantic Basin. The Red Hook ferry landing is part of the South Brooklyn route which is scheduled to launch during summer 2017. The landing is projected to serve over 6,000 residents that live within a half-mile radius, including families in NYCHA’s Red Hook Houses.
“It’s full steam ahead for the launch of Citywide Ferry Service next year. Families and businesses in Red Hook have needed better transit options for decades. We’re changing that. When ferry service begins out of Atlantic Basin, thousands more people will have a fast and affordable way to connect with their city,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“By locating the Red Hook Citywide Ferry Service landing at Atlantic Basin, we will provide a reliable and affordable transportation alternative for a community that has historically had limited transit options,” said NYCEDC President Maria Torres-Springer. “EDC appreciates all of the support from community residents, elected officials, and partner agencies, including the Port Authority, the U.S. Coast Guard, Borough President Adams, Congresswoman Velázquez, Council Member Menchaca, Community Board 6, NY Rising and Portside.”
The site was selected based on extensive environmental review and engagement with residents and elected officials of the Red Hook community. NYCEDC will work in coordination with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) as it sites the Red Hook ferry landing in Atlantic Basin. In 2014 the Red Hook—NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program released a report with recommendations for ferry infrastructure at or near Atlantic Basin.
The landing is projected to serve over 6,000 residents that live within a half-mile radius, including many families that reside in NYCHA’s Red Hook Houses. The pedestrian entrance to the landing will be located at the intersection of Pioneer and Conover Streets. The location is just a short walk to the growing cluster of restaurants, retailers and artists located along the Van Brunt Street commercial corridor. Additionally, the site is adjacent to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, one of New York City’s terminals for embarkation and debarkation of cruise ships.
“I am pleased that the City has heeded my call and the call of Red Hook residents to site a Citywide Ferry Service landing in Atlantic Basin. This review process has been responsive to concerns we have raised about the potential impact of adverse seasonal weather conditions as well as the distance to the nearest points of transportation and to concentrations of potential passengers. I thank EDC President Torres-Springer for working with the community and the Port Authority to arrange for a site that will best meet the needs of a historically underserved neighborhood, including thousands of public housing residents, as well as provide a boost for the area's burgeoning commercial corridor,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.
“Positioning the landing in Atlantic Basin will mean ferry service more centrally located in Red Hook: at the center of the Van Brunt Street commercial corridor and closer to over 7,000 residents living in public housing. This is important in a neighborhood that lacks a subway,” said Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez. “The Atlantic Basin ferry stop will make for an easier commute for many Red Hook residents and draw New Yorkers and visitors to the heart of the neighborhood. This will help support local commerce, jobs and business in Red Hook. It will also help sustain and enhance Red Hook’s maritime identity and the community's connection to the waterfront and waterway.”
“Residents and businesses in Red Hook and their nearby neighbors are woefully underserved by public transportation. I am pleased that adding ferry service to Red Hook will enable thousands of commuters to have easy, sustainable access to locations in Brooklyn and lower Manhattan," said Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon.
“Atlantic Basin is the best Red Hook location for a passenger ferry landing. I'm glad local residents' voices were heard by EDC when this location was chosen. The ferry's presence will enliven Atlantic Basin and offer opportunities to make better use of the transportation infrastructure there. I look forward to supporting this new mode of City-wide transportation, and to seeing how it serves residents and businesses in Brooklyn,” said Council Member Carlos Menchaca.
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