CORRECTION: The contract has not yet been awarded for the City-Wide Ferry Service. No final decision has been made yet.

The article published in Crains New York stating the contract had been awarded was NOT correct.

I stupidly thought they had their facts straight. I was wrong.

My apologies to New York Water Taxi, New York Waterway and Billybey.


Hornblower Cruises has been chosen to run the City-Wide Ferry Service.

Bidding has been ongoing since last year for the City-Wide Ferry Service contract, between California-based Hornblower, and a joint bid from 3 of local ferry companies –  Billybey, New York Waterway and New York Water Taxi.

Photo courtesy of Hornblower Cruises & Events

 Crains New York Business: After a drawn-out battle between ferry operators to run the city’s expanding water routes, the de Blasio administration has climbed aboard with Hornblower Cruises & Events, a new player on the local commuter-service scene.

Photo courtesy of the NYC EDC


According to people close to the process, the city’s Economic Development Corp. chose the luxury touring company over a combined bid from Billybey, New York Waterway and the Durst-owned New York Water Taxi,
which among them run the Hudson River and East River services. No formal announcement has been made. 


posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee