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Ferry Point to Get a Ferry

NYC Ferry deckhand Jeffton Harrison from the Bronx prepares for a ride from Clason Point (photo: Gary Axelbank)

by Gary Axelbank

January 11, 2018

In his State of the City address on Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the City will be expanding its popular ferry service to Throggs Neck at Ferry Point in the Bronx.

This map indicates that the City expects to expand Ferry service to Ferry Point within the next two years (Mayor’s Office)

He also indicated that along with the new ferry stop that will help Bronxites get access to the east side of Manhattan – 90th street, 34th street, and Wall Street, the City will improve access to the Ferry Point Park landing and make other corresponding improvements to the parking lot. Few parking options for commuters has been a major sticking point at the existing Clason Point ferry landing that launched this summer.

East Bronx activist John Doyle told thisistheBronX he’s hoping the new Throggs Neck landing will also come with infrastructure improvements to the park itself. Also, that it becomes a well-traveled route, because he thinks that will persuade the city to add an additonal ferry landing at Orchard Beach, which locals have been petitioning for.

“If anything, this actually helps get a landing in Orchard Beach,” he said, “so we should root for it’s success. It’s a lot easier to expand on a successful service than one that doesn’t do so well.”

There’s no doubt that NYC Ferry has been popular. The city says it’s had more than 6.5 milion riders take the six lines of the Ferry since it was launched in May, 2017.  Their annual projections for the Soundview system that runs through Clason Point is a robust 400,000.  

In October, thisistheBronX visited with a Bronx deck hand on the ferry.

The story about the ferry expansion was also covered in amNY…

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