NYC Ferry boat naming contest winners chosen

March 20, 2018 Victoria Merlino
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Make way for Spring Mallard and the Ocean Queen Rockstar.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the 10 winners of the second NYC Ferry boat naming competition on March 15. Elementary school classes from across the boroughs participated in the competition, and winners ranged from Seas the Day to the Jewel of the Harbor (the winning submission of Bay Ridge’s own P.S. 170) to Rainbow Cruise.

“Kids say the coolest things, and for the second year in a row New York City school children are not disappointing. These are inspired nautical names, ones our new ferry boats will proudly carry,” de Blasio said in a release.

“I’m proud of our students for coming together and leveraging their ideas to create exciting and unique names,” said New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina also said in a release. “After today, these classes will have a lasting mark on our city’s waterways, and I’m looking forward to taking a ride on the Spring Mallard.”

The NYC Ferry opened last year to a ridership of three million riders across four routes. This exceeded the projected ridership by 800,000 people, leading to NYC Ferry to respond with six higher-capacity boats designed to sate demand.

In its final form, the ferry will serve 4.6 million riders annually on 23 vessels over six routes. The cost of rides will be $2.75, the same as a subway ride.

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