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An ice-covered ferry on Pier 11 along the East River in New York on Feb. 20, 2015. Photo via CBS News


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.



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.

A New York Waterway ferry navigates through ice on the East River near the Brooklyn Bridge, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in New York. Richard Drew / AP via The Times Union


“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.

Chunks of ice in the East River have been causing water-commute havoc. AP photo via The Daily Mail


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

Looks like the sky above the South Street Seaport Museum Schermerhorn Row has been sold – for $31 million. Photo by Jim Henderson via wikipedia


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.

Photo via The Real Deal


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.

Could the ‘historic district’ start to look like this? Render via AEC


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

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