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Photo by Mitch Waxman

NY1 News reports that the Rockaway ferry is definitely done-for after the summer. Since the low-cost ticket price will no longer be subsidized by the city, the service will cease operations in October of this year. [NY1 News]

The low-cost commuter service has been in operation since Hurricane Sandy wrecked the A-Line subway service in the area.

Ferry to the beach is ending this October. Photo by Mitch Waxman

Sadly the announcement comes as no surprise since we learned last month that the Mayor had chosen not to allocate any money to support the ferry service in the city’s 2015 budget.

The Rockaway Ferry Service transports approximately 400 commuters daily. Photo via NYCEDC

NY1 News: The Rockaway Ferry Service is slated to end this October.

It currently carries about 400 commuters from the Rockaways and Brooklyn to Wall Street and 34th Street. A request to extend the service was submitted, but the mayor’s office says it has become too expensive to subsidize.

The city says it will monitor service over the next few months, but unless ridership spikes significantly before October, the ferry will be cut. Read more at NY1 News here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

Ferry commuters in Rockaway have been left high and dry.

No money has been allocated in the city’s 2015 budget to keep the Rockaway Ferry running past October of this year. [The Daily News]

Photo: ©Mitch Waxman

The ferry service launched after Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge wiped out subway service on the Peninsula in 2012.

Since then, hundreds of thousands of commuters have ferried between Rockaway, the Brooklyn Army Terminal and Manhattan. City subsidies helped kept the popular weekday ferry fares at manageable $3.50 per trip.

Photo: ©Mitch Waxman

The Daily News: The Rockaway Ferry will be docked this fall after failing to make the cut in the city’s 2015 budget Tuesday morning.

The city’s temporary funding for the ferry will be slashed in October after Queens Borough President Melinda Katz tried to convince City Council to earmark $8 million from the $75 billion budget to fund permanent ferry service.

Photo via Seastreak USA

“Once again, Rockaway is being treated like the stepchild of New York City and once again Rockaway is not being heard,” said 20-year Rockaway resident Daniel Ruscillo, who runs Rockaway United to Save Our Ferry with his wife Linda. Read more from The Daily News here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee


New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) has issued a request for proposals for detailed feasibility studies of storm surge barriers at Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek.

Conceptual rendering of Newtown Creek surge barrier. (New York City Economic Development Corporation) via Capital New York

During Hurricane Sandy, the waters of Newtown Creek and the Gowanus Canal flooded the neighborhoods of Gowanus, Red Hook, Greenpoint, East Williamsburg, Bushwick, Maspeth, and Long Island City. There was extensive damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure.

Flooded Greenpoint Avenue in Greenpoint, Brooklyn during Hurricane Sandy. Photo by NCA via The Accessible City

Daniel Zarrilli, Director of the Office of Recovery and Resiliency: “Hurricane Sandy didn’t just expose our vulnerabilities along the ocean, it also had a devastating impact along inland waterways in all five boroughs.

Storm surge barriers along inland waterways would play a vital role in the City’s resiliency efforts and, in coordination with the ongoing Superfund work, would reduce flood risk in these vulnerable commercial and residential neighborhoods, providing new opportunities to transform the city and make our neighborhoods safer.”

Download RFP (PDF) here. Submission Deadline: July 15, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Read more of the official Press Release here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee


Wall Street Journal reports that the Federal Government has announced they will store emergency reserves of gas in terminals around New York harbor.

After the fuel disruptions of hurricane Sandy, the Energy Department will establish two locations – which will hold a total 42 million gallons gasoline in reserve. One reserve will be near New York Harbor and the other in New England. Officials have said they hope to have the new gasoline reserves in place before the start of the 2014 hurricane season.

Photo via volcanic heater

Wall Street Journal: Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said in a conference call Friday with reporters that the facilities were part of a larger effort to prepare for the consequences of global warming and “the effects of climate change we already see occurring at home.”

The 2012 storm knocked out refineries, damaged terminals and left gasoline stations without power, leading to severe gasoline storages.

Photo: IBTimes/ Angelo Young via New York Trend NYC

“Like sandbags and stockpiles of food and medicine, this gasoline reserve is what the Northeast needs to be ready for supercharged storms from climate change,” said Sen. Edward J. Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat.

Gas Carier. Photo: Daniel Schwen via wikipedia

However, the reserves have two shortcomings: They will not solve the problem of widespread power loss and flooding such as that caused by Sandy. Power is needed to operate pumps for getting gasoline into cars.

And a million gallons represents only a small fraction of the 13.8 million gallons of gasoline used daily in New York state alone. Read more at the Wall Street Journal here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee




News Release:

Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance‘s 2014 Waterfront Conference will explore progress on the waterfront over the last 12 months with a special focus on the remarkable grassroots, community-based waterfront plans developed before and after Superstorm Sandy, and take an early look at the de Blasio administration’s approach to waterfront policy.

Taking place aboard the magnificent Hornblower Infinity, this year’s conference focuses on community leadership and community-based planning.

The waterfront is a shared resource with uses and potential benefits for all people and all sectors.

Additionally, we are faced with the ever-increasing threats of coastal flooding, sea level rise, and climate change.  The need to ensure equity dictates that we build for resilience in all waterfront areas, from industrial to residential to parkland, so that they are protected and active.  We must continue to make equity and resilience the twin goals of every project on the waterfront.

We welcome your participation in this important dialogue.

Program Schedule:
8:00 – 9:00am Registration/Board Boat

9:00 – 9:30am Keynote Address – Chris Ward, Executive Vice President, Dragados

9:30 – 10:45am Plenary 1

After the Storm: It’s All About Implementation

10:45 – 11:00am Break
11:00 – 12:15pm Plenary 2

Sandy Changed Everything.  Or Did It?<

12:15 – 1:30pm Lunch Aboard the Hornblower Infinity
12:25pm Boat Departs

1:30 – 2:45pm Panel Discussions

Panel 1: Getting to Transit Equity via Ferries

Panel 2: Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines: An East River Laboratory

2:45 – 3:00pm  Break
3:00 – 4:15pm  Panel Discussions

Panel 3: Fishable, Swimmable, and Paddle-able

Panel 4: Pulling Back the Curtain: The Working Waterfront, Innovation and Education

4:15 – 5:00pm  Cocktails and Awards

WHEN: April 24, 2014 from 9:00am – 5:00pm

WHERE: Aboard the HORNBLOWER INFINITY (Hornblower Landing at Hudson River Park’s Pier 40, cross at W Houston St)

Click for Tickets

via Metropolitan Waterfront Allianc

Horrible news heard today, I am still in shock.

Our beloved Meade’s Restaurant and Bar in South Street Seaport will shutter this Sunday, February 23, 2014.

Why? Word on their facebook page is that their landlord has doubled their rent and has even already found a new tenant for the Peck Slip space.

Hurricane Sandy couldn’t keep Meade’s down… Photo from Meade’s facebook page.

Meade’s made it through hurricane Sandy, and were the first to reopen their water-logged doors to the neighborhood – one of the few shining lights in the storm-surge devastated area for months after.

The waterline on the walls remained as a reminder of Sandy’s surge. Photo from Meade’s facebook page.

But now, it’s goodbye tater-tots, goodbye awesome guacamole, goodbye friends and compadres …

We will miss you Kathleen and Chano! Thanks for everything… Photo from Meade’s facebook page.

Meade’s will serve their last drink this Sunday, Feb 23rd.

Please stop by Meade’s this week and give Lee, Kathleen, Chano, Israel, Izzy and all Meade’s peeps we know and love a proper send-off.

Read more about this sad news at DNAinfo

by Mai Armstrong for Working Harbor Committee

The National Transportation and Safety Board has released their official report on the sinking of the tall ship Bounty during Hurricane Sandy in October, 2012. With all the sad details of Bounty’s last sail we have heard from rescuers and rescued, the findings come as no surprise.

HMS Bounty with full sails. Photo: Dan Kasberger via wikipedia

The NTSB 16-page report details the struggles of the inexperienced crew with failing ship engines and bilge pumps in hurricane-fueled seas – and states the “reckless decision to sail into the well-forecasted path of Hurricane Sandy” was a voyage that, “should never have been attempted.”

Download the full 16-page report here (pdf)

HMS Bounty. Photo: Ebyabe via wikipedia


NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs

Captain’s decision to sail into the path of a hurricane caused the tall ship Bounty to sink off Atlantic coast

February 10

A captain’s “reckless decision to sail into the well-forecasted path of Hurricane Sandy” was the probable cause of the sinking of a ship off the North Carolina coast in October 2012, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a report released today. The captain and one crewmember died in the accident. Three other crewmembers were seriously injured.

On the evening of October 25, 2012, a day after a closely watched developing storm had reached hurricane strength, the 108-foot-long tall wooden ship, the Bounty, set sail from New London, Conn., for St. Petersburg, Fla., into the forecasted path of Superstorm Sandy. The 52-year-old vessel, a replica of the original 18th Century British Admiralty ship of the same name, was built for MGM Studios for the 1962 movie, “Mutiny on the Bounty.”

HMS Bounty replica sinking during hurricane Sandy, 29 October 2012. Photo: US Coast Guard via wikipedia

Prior to setting off from New London, some of the crewmembers had expressed their concerns to the captain that sailing into a severe storm could put all of them and the ship at risk. The captain assured the crew that the Bounty could handle the rough seas and that the voyage would be a success. Just a month earlier, in an interview with a Maine TV station, the captain said that the Bounty “chased hurricanes,” and by getting close to the eye of the storm, sailors could use hurricane winds to their advantage.

The 16-page report details how a mostly inexperienced crew – some injured from falls, others seasick and fatigued from the constant thrashing of 30-foot seas – struggled for many hours to keep the ships engines running and bilge pumps operating so the seawater filling the vessel would not overtake it.

Read more from the NTSB Press Release here…

by Mai Armstrong for Working Harbor Committee, hat tip to Capt. John Doswell, Executive Director, Working Harbor Committee

The NYC Economic Development Corporation and the Parks Department has issued a call for innovative ideas to re-invigorate the public beachfronts and open spaces on the East and South Shores of Staten Island.

South Beach, Staten Island boardwalk. Photo courtesy NYC Parks Dept via New York Daily News.

The request for expressions of interest (RFEI) aim to revitalize these areas and to stimulate economic recovery for shore communities hit hard by superstorm Sandy last year.

Wolfe’s Pond Park. Photo via NYC Parks Department

The city is also seeking proposals to develop several sites, including the historic Hangar No. 38 at Miller Field, and the FDR Boardwalk at South Beach. Submissions are due January 21, 2014.

Photo via Staten Island Advance.

The New York Daily News: Superstorm Sandy devastated the Staten Island shore, and now the city wants to put the beaches to work helping communities still recovering from the disaster.

From the foot of the Verrazano Bridge to Staten Island’s southern tip, the Bloomberg administration has identified eight beaches primed for investment that could draw crowds and business for hard-hit neighborhoods.

Cedar Grove beach. Photo via Staten Island Advance

“You can’t even buy sunscreen or a pail on our beaches here,” said Adena Long, the Parks Department’s Staten Island Borough Commissioner. “These services will make our beaches more attractive while also bringing business to the surrounding communities.”

New Dorp Beach. Photo: ©Nathan Kensinger

The Parks Dept. and the city’s Economic Development Corp. have set no specific guidelines for what they want built at the eight beaches, which include South Beach, Midland Beach, New Dorp Beach and Cedar Grove on the East Shore and Wolfe’s Pond Park and Conference House Park in the south.

Historic Hangar No. 38 at Miller Field. Photo via Staten Island Advance

“We want to cast a wide net and see what people are interested in here,” Long said. Proposals must be submitted by Jan. 21, and Long hopes at least some will be implemented by Memorial Day, when the beaches reopen.

An historic photo of the boardwalk at South Beach, Staten Island. Photo courtesy NYC Parks Archives via the New York Daily News.

Possibilities include food carts and full-fledged restaurants, concerts and amusement rides, as well as a kiddie park proposed for Midland Beach.

The city has also partnered with the National Parks Service to try turn empty airplane hangers at Miller Field into some kind of recreational facility.

Read more here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

Peck Slip, between Water and South streets which has been mostly cordoned off for water main reconstruction for several years will gain a new neighborhood park, once all the pipes are upgraded.

Superstorm Sandy pushed back scheduled infrastructure work on Peck Slip, which in turn has delayed the pocket park project. Work will start on the new Peck Slip park in the fall of 2014, and is expected to open to the public in October 2015.

A rendering for Peck Slip Park, which will sit on Peck Slip between Water and South streets. The park is slated to open in 2015. Photo Credit: Courtesy of CB1 via DNAinfo

DNAinfo/Irene Plagianos: Peck Slip Park, a green space and granite plaza set to be built along the middle of a wide slice of cobblestone Peck Slip, between Water and South streets, is slated to open in the fall of 2015, Parks Department officials said.

A ‘before and after’ rendering of Peck Slip Park. Photo Credit: Courtesy of CB1 via DNAinfo

The idea for a park that reflects the maritime history of Peck Slip — an area once used as a docking slip for boats, which offered George Washington and his troops protection as they fled from the Battle of Brooklyn — has been in the planning stages since 2006, with the city presenting several versions of the design over the years before winning public support.

Peck Slip Park planned for Peck Slip, between Water and South streets. Image Credit: Courtesy of CB1 via DNAinfo

The park’s “ghost-ship”-inspired design is shaped like a boat, getting slightly wider as you move toward South Street. The greenery-dotted granite plaza with benches will also have a pool of water, surrounded by several curved wooden beams, evoking the skeleton of an old ship. The space was previously a parking lot. Read more here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

Here is the third and final installment of The Last Voyage of Bounty’ by Michael Kruse, where the heroic rescue of 14 crew is told. Entitled: ‘Facing It’, the epic story rivets with harrowing first-person tales of survival entwined with chilling fears of regret.

Illustration by Don Morris via Tampa Bay Times

We hear the POV from the Coast Guard rescue team – as they plunged into the darkness and fury of the hurricane to pluck 14 souls from certain death. Split-second decisions made that meant the difference between a successful rescue mission, or “splash”.

Aircrews and operation specialists who were directly involved in the HMS Bounty crew rescue. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd class David Weydert

Today, some of Bounty’s crew have returned to the sea where their heart draws them, others continue to recover from their injuries. Here the story concludes leaving us to ponder the events, mere spectators in this very real-life tragedy.

Read the last installment of The Last Voyage of Bounty – Facing It here.

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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