City floats Coney Island ferry service
Ahoy, Coney Island! The city is looking at three sites around the neighborhood that could one day become a new commuter ferry’s port o’ call.
“Finding alternative transportation options is an ongoing part of the city’s efforts to create more accessible and attractive neighborhoods,” New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth Pinsky said this week. “Ferry service in Coney Island could serve as a complement to the residential and commercial development that will occur in Coney Island over the coming years as part of the Coney Island Comprehensive Plan.”
Sites being considered for new docking facilities include Coney Island Creek, adjacent to Kaiser Park, Steeplechase Pier across from KeySpan Park, and West 8th Street adjacent to the New York Aquarium — site of the old “Iron Pier.”
The City is trying to move swiftly on reinventing Coney Island now that it has finally sealed its land deal with Thor Equities principal Joe Sitt.
Just days after the deal was struck last week, an RFP, or Request for Proposals, was issued for an interim amusement park operator to come to Coney Island next summer.
This week, an RFP seeking a consultant to evaluate Coney Island ferry service was issued.
“Ferry service to this part of Brooklyn has long been sought after by the people here,” Community Board 13 District Manager Chuck Reichenthal said.
“Blue Highway” forums held over the summer sought to gauge public support for the creation of new ferry slips in places like Sheepshead Bay, Floyd Bennett Field, Bay Ridge, Atlantic Avenue, North Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Coney Island.
Rob Hart, an aide to New York City Councilman Domenic Recchia said that the local representative has long been an advocate for bringing ferry service to Coney Island.
“We’re eagerly anticipating the results of the study,” Hart said.
According to the city, new ferry service would both alleviate congestion along the Belt Parkway, as well as deliver visitors to the new 27-acre Coney Island amusement and entertainment center now in development.
By Joe Maniscalco
New York Post