Rockaway residents celebrate launch of ferry service
by Patrick Kearns
May 03, 2017 | 576 views | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The NYC Ferry made its inaugural trip from Rockaway to Wall Street on Monday as the sun rose on New York City.

"Today, I witnessed what many Rockaway residents thought might never happen, a credible commuter ferry run to Manhattan," State Senator Joseph Addabbo said at the launch.

According to a spokesman for the Economic Development Corporation, the first day went off without a hitch for Rockaway residents that used the service. Boats were on time and ridership was high with actual commuters and not just residents curious about the new service.

Addabbo and Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato were part of that inaugural one-hour ride to Manhattan, which made a stop at the Brooklyn Army Terminal.

"This ferry is exactly what we've needed to give Rockaway residents something approaching a normal commute,” said Pheffer Amato. “To get that commute in speed and style a month early? We're over the moon.”

Sheila Fleisher loved the ferry when it serviced the peninsula after Hurricane Sandy, and is excited to see its return.

“It’s fabulous,” Fleisher said of the launch. “My daughter lives out in Wading River and she’s coming Saturday. We’re going to take the ferry with my grandkids to the city.”

In addition to being an alternative to the A train for commuters, Fleisher thinks the ferry will be great for summer beachgoers, especially since the ferries will have bike racks.

“It’s great for people coming to the city from Rockaway with their bikes,” she said. “And families coming with their beach gear, they can walk right down to the beach.”
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Danny Ruscillo
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May 08, 2017
Laura Deckelman a Rockaway resident who was given the Honor to Christen Hornblower's Ferry "URBAN JOURNEY" by the City of New York and also named the Godmother of this boat. I'm not surprised at all Laura is a team player and gets along with everyone she meets.

I have to go along with the City on this one a great choice!