City officers are taking a deep dive to evaluate the potential of bringing Manhattan ferry service to a historic Coney Island pier.
The new cease could possibly be Steeplechase Pier, on the Atlantic Ocean at Coney Island’s extra tourist-friendly southern finish.
A century in the past, the landmarked Steeplechase Pier welcomed steam-powered paddle boats. It’s now a preferred spot for fishing and crabbing.
A ferry would reduce commuting time to Lower Manhattan by half-hour, and assist relieve visitors and transit points which have lengthy plagued the neighborhood, in keeping with officers.
Steeplechase Pier sits subsequent to Maimonides Park, dwelling of the Brooklyn Cyclones, and is inside strolling distance of billionaire developer John Catsimatidis’ new Ocean Drive condominium advanced. Catsimatidis, who can be pushing to convey casinos to Coney Island, has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars lobbying town for a neighborhood ferry touchdown.
The metropolis had lengthy deliberate a ferry cease on the north facet of the filthy Coney Island Creek, however the proposal is all however lifeless within the water after a major sand-shift was found throughout development that requires important dredging work to make it navigable, officers stated.
The metropolis’s Economic Development Corp., which oversees NYC Ferry, claims it hasn’t given up on placing a cease alongside the creek, however after a push from group advocates, has begun working with engineers to see if the project could possibly be moved to Steeplechase Pier, which has its personal problem: the ocean’s uneven waters. The metropolis is finding out each plans and is predicted to have outcomes subsequent month.