January 9, 2009 at 1:27 am Leave a comment

The city plans to connect Brooklyn to Governor’s Island with a new ferry that would dock at a revamped Pier 11, officials announced this week.

The new Red Hook terminal would accommodate passengers, bikes and certain service vehicles – similar to the Governors Island ferry from lower Manhattan.

The Economic Development Corp. says plans for the waterfront include also setting up a new home for Long Island City-based beer distributor Phoenix Beverages and space for biking, maritime education and vessel docking.

Phoenix would operate on a 20-year lease.

Governors Island has become a popular destination the past few summers, and the state and city are in the process of creating a spectacular park there. Officials said it’s too early to estimate when the new ferry terminal would operate.

The new blueprint for Pier 11 is a far cry from the fancy marina for private yachts, hotel and entertainment complex city officials once wanted there before they tossed out all proposals two months ago and started from scratch.

That occurred after the Port Authority sunk the Bloomberg administration’s larger plan to lease and redevelop nearby Piers 7-10.

Rather than let the city bring a second cruise terminal, a new home for Brooklyn Brewery and housing to the piers, the Port Authority opted to keep it a shipping port and renew a lease with American Stevedoring.

By Rich Calder
New York Post

Entry filed under: Brooklyn, Get Wet, Go Coastal, Public Waterfront.

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