Coney Island

Proposed Coney Island ferry stop proves controversial

January 26, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
A NYC Ferry passes the Brooklyn Bridge as it departs lower Manhattan for Rockaway, Queens, May 1, 2017. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Borough President Eric Adams’ plan to build a ferry landing at West 21st Street and Neptune Avenue in Coney Island has garnered opposition from some locals, according to Brooklyn Daily. They say the site is too shallow and full of derelict boats, debris and toxic waste from years of illegal sewage dumping.

“Initially, they’d have a lot of work to do,” Brooklyn Daily quotes Ida Sanoff, the executive director of the National Resources Protective Association, as saying. “They’d probably have to clean up whatever debris is down there and make it deep enough.”

Local politicians, including Adams, Marty Markowitz, state Sen. Marty Golden and Councilmember Mark Treyger, have repeatedly called for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s NYC Ferry to add a Coney Island stop. Adams endorsed the site at West 21st Street last month partially because a new 153-unit housing development is planned for a nearby block.

A group called Coney Islanders 4Ferry gathered nearly 2,000 signatures on a petition calling on the city to build the ferry slip at West 21st Street. On the other hand, other area residents want to develop the site for recreational use and feel that Steeplechase Pier would be a better site, even though the city said that location would be too expensive.