The Durst Organization, the developers behind Hallett’s Point, has asked the city to extend the Astoria ferry line to include a stop to service the Upper East Side. The proposal has garnered support from civic leaders, however, due to existing work for the ferry taking place currently, the additional stop will have to wait until after 2021 before it can be executed. The final stop is currently Hallet’s Cove Ferry Dock.
Manhattan’s Community Board 8 on the Upper East Side recently voted in favor of supporting the creation of the new stop. The board additionally passed along the favorable backing to the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC), the non-profit branch in charge of overseeing the NYC Ferry. Based on the original article in the Astoria Post, The Durst Organization has plans to formally pitch the idea to the EDC in upcoming months.
The Astoria Ferry Route currently stops at Wall Street, Brooklyn Navy Yard, East 34th Street, Long Island City, Roosevelt Island and Hallett’s Cove / Astoria. The new proposal extends the line back over the East river, ending at East 90 Street where there is an established landing.
Those in favor of the additional ferry stop see a multitude of benefits for residents who live along the Astoria line, and to those who live or work on the Upper East Side. The new stop would be a quick 10-minute walk from 10 Hallett’s Point, the first tower of the seven-building development in Astoria.
Despite the short distance between Astoria and the Upper East Side, it currently takes commuters over an hour to get between the two stops on public transportation. The additional ferry stop would potentially cut that travel time down to five minutes.
The Old Astoria Civic Association (OANA), a local non-profit advocacy group supports the addition of the new stop and supports the positive impact the new route would have on multiple neighborhoods.
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