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Enjoying The Frying Pan’s top deck. Photo via Thrillist.com

 

Move over Frying Pan, Brooklyn Barge Bar is coming to Brooklyn!

A new seasonal bar and restaurant is planned for the waterfront in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, scheduled to open in May of this year. [DNAinfo]

Rendering from Brooklyn Barge Bar / Will Drawbridge

 

The new floating eatery will be on a barge hitched next to Transmitter Park on the East River, serving food and drink to waterfront starved neighbors who want to drink in the spectacular view of the city as they munch on burgers and fries.

Gorgeous views abound from Transmitter Park on the Greenpoint waterfront in Brooklyn. Photo via WXY Studio.

 

DNAinfo: Brooklyn Barge Bar is a seasonal bar and restaurant planned for the Greenpoint waterfront, at 91 West St., that would have picnic tables on land and seating on a docked barge.

“A lot of people don’t necessarily think, ‘Let’s go out to the Greenpoint waterfront,'” Drawbridge said. “We want to change that perception. It’s got some of the nicest views in the city.”

Read more from DNAinfo here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

Mayor de Blasio is proposing a city ferry system that would connect all five boroughs at their waterfront neighborhoods. Photo by James Keivom for The New York Daily News

 

In yesterdays State of the City address, Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed a citywide ferry that will connect the 5-boros at the same cost as subway ride.

As reported by The Observer, $10-$20 million in annual subsidies would help to keep the fares affordable for passengers.

Image credit: James Wong for the New York Daily News

 

The ambitious plan would spur new and upgraded docks, at a projected cost of $55 million. Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen told reporters that work on the necessary infrastructure will begin this year, and 5 new interboro ferry lines serving South Brooklyn, Astoria, the Rockaways, Long Island City and the Lower East Side, and Soundview will launch in 2017.

A sixth proposed line will connect Coney Island to Staten Island and Wall Street.

In year two of his new plan, de Blasio wants to add service from the Lower East Side — with several stops in Manhattan up the East River to Long Island City, Queens — and another route from Soundview in the Bronx. Image credit: James Wong via the New York Daily News.

 

The Observer:  “Today, we announce that we’re launching a new citywide ferry service to be open for business in 2017. New ferry rides will be priced the same as a MetroCard fare, so ferries will be as affordable to everyday New Yorkers as our subways and buses,” Mr. de Blasio said in his State of the City speech at Baruch College today.

Photo by Patience Marsh via IQLA/Auburn University

 

The infrastructure—docks and landings—will cost roughly $55 million for the planned routes. It would cost the city between $10 million and $20 million annually to subsidize the service for 4.6 million riders, which would actually be run by private operators, Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen told reporters.

Locals and tourists on the East River Ferry. Photo by Ty Cacek/The New York Times

 

The proposal garnered what seemed to be the loudest applause from the audience during Mr. de Blasio’s one hour and 17 minute speech—and far more than the following one to implement 13 new bus rapid transit routes. Mr. de Blasio presented it as a way to connect far-flung neighborhoods with the job and economic opportunities within Manhattan.

Read more from The Observer here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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