The Council of the City of New York
Office of Council Member Costa Constantinides
For Immediate Release
June 4, 2015
Contact: Shachar Sharon
Constantinides Hosts Town Hall on Astoria Ferry Dock with NYCEDC
Astoria, N.Y. – Nearly 150 people gathered today at a Town Hall on the upcoming ferry dock in Astoria hosted by Council Member Costa Constantinides and the NYC Economic Development Corporation at the First Reformed Church of Astoria. The dock will be part of the upcoming citywide ferry system set to be implemented by the EDC in 2017.
The ferry dock will be located along the Southern portion of Halletts Peninsula. Once the docks are built, the ferry system will be operated by a third-party provider. A ferry ride will be equal to the cost of a subway ride. The ferry system is targeted to be implemented by 2017.
Target ferry riders will be commuters who live walking distance from the dock and who ride the ferry to get to work during the week or for appointments during the weekend. The presentation can be viewed here.
Constantinides said, “We are at a turning point for Astoria. This ferry system will provide vital transportation options to an often under served neighborhood. It will make Western Astoria more interconnected with Manhattan, Brooklyn, and other parts of Queens. It will also be a sustainable and inclusive way to use our city’s greatest resource – our waterfront. Astorians that live near the ferry dock – in Astoria Houses, Old Astoria, and Goodwill – are so close to Manhattan yet it takes a 30 minute bus ride to an overcrowded train to get there. Ferry service will change that paradigm. Now is the time to embrace an additional form of transportation.”
“A Citywide Ferry system is a historic undertaking that will play a vital role in the City’s efforts to create a modern and equitable economy for all New Yorkers,” said NYCEDC Executive Vice President Seth Myers. “Service to Astoria not only provides another transportation option for local residents, it also bolsters the resiliency of our entire transportation system, connecting New Yorkers to the waterfront and job centers, and driving business growth and job creation across New York City.”
Costa Constantinides represents the New York City Council’s 22nd District, which includes his native Astoria along with parts of Woodside, East Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights. He serves as the chair the City Council’s Sub-Committee on Libraries and sits on seven standing committees: Civil Service & Labor, Contracts, Cultural Affairs, Environmental Protection, Oversight & Investigations, Sanitation, and Transportation. For more information, visit council.nyc.gov/costa.