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East River Ferry service was completely suspended again yesterday due to the giant ice floes filling the waterway. [NY Post]
Heavy ice shut down service last Saturday for the first time since ERF launched in 2011, followed by an alert announcing suspended service on Monday, and again on Tuesday.
It’s been one hellava winter, that’s for sure.
— New York, New York (@NYC) February 21, 2015
NY Waterway who operates the East River Ferry said this is the worst winter they’ve seen in their 28-year history.
I don’t think anyone will disagree with that!
The New York Post: The East River Ferry, unlike boats on the Hudson River and the Staten Island Ferry, uses a jet engine. They have a harder time with ice than engines with propellers. Its boats are also smaller than other ferry services, which makes it difficult to push through ice.
“The funny thing about the East River … is that the tide changes multiple times per day, enabling ice to enter from different major bodies of water, making it nearly impossible to predict what it’s going to do, or where it’s going to be,” the company said in a statement, adding that it hopes its passengers won’t hate it.
NY Waterway has been using tugboats to clear ice for service on the Hudson River, but it has suspended service to Edgewater, New Jersey, and there are delays on its routes to Midtown.
Read more from The New York Post here…
by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee, hat tip WHC steering committee member Chris Berg
Howard Hughes Corp. has paid almost $31 million for air rights in South Street Seaport, as reported by The Real Deal.
Property records filed last week show 333,329 square feet of air rights from above the South Street Seaport Museum and some other properties one block north of Front Street (isn’t that Water Street TRD?) were purchased by the developer.
The Real Deal: The Dallas, Texas-based development firm, whose proposed 42-story residential tower on the East River is a source of controversy, paid $30.8 million to buy about 333,329 square feet of air rights from above the South Street Seaport Museum and a handful of properties on the block north of Front Street, property records filed yesterday show.
But while the tower is proposed to rise on a piece of property across the FDR Drive on the waterfront, records show the developer transferred the air rights to an inland block on the southern side of Fulton Street across from the museum.
Read more from The Real Deal here…
by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee