Greenpoint ferry is now reopen for passengers

The ferry stop at India Street will restore service after months of delays

November 14, 2022 Daniel Cody
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GREENPOINT — The ferry stop at India Street in Greenpoint will reopen and be fully operational Monday, serving customers and restoring the neighborhood with its own “sea legs,” AMNY reported Friday, Nov. 11. The dock originally closed down in May of 2021 after there were issues with the supporting pillars on the dock.

Council member Lincoln Restler Tweeted Thursday afternoon that the ferry would be in working order and thanked the NYC Small Business Services, the city Economic Development Corporation and real estate developer Lendlease. The Economic Development Corporation confirmed Restler’s statement – the pier at India Street, which is owned by Lendlease, is the only privately held pier among the city’s ferry stops.

“FERRY UPDATE: Service will be restored to Greenpoint ferry stop on Monday morning,” wrote Restler in a Tweet on Friday. “After too many months of delays, we’re thrilled the ferry will be back in Greenpoint.”

Lendlease issued a statement on Oct. 16 explaining that the reopening was planned for early November, and that final testing and preparation was being carried out in the second half of October. The East River Ferry service, of which India Street is a component, runs from Hunters Point South to DUMBO along the western waterfronts of Brooklyn and Queens.

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“We’re excited to announce that the Greenpoint landing will reopen on Monday, November 14,” said NYC Ferry last Friday. “We appreciate your patience and look forward to serving our Greenpoint riders once again on the East River route.”

Mayor Adams began the NYC Ferry Forward initiative last July, after the Comptroller’s office blasted the Ferry Service for underreporting its subsidies by almost a quarter of a billion dollars, the Eagle reported. The mayor reiterated his commitment to the ferry service, while also emphasizing fiscal responsibility and the importance of transit in supporting small businesses.

After the ferry was closed at India Street, repairs did not begin until after a year later, the subject of criticism among local residents and lawmakers. In August, it was delayed another two months.

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