Bill De Blasio News

13 Jul 2018

New Larger Ferry Arrives in NYC

(Photo: NYCEDC)

Ridership on the new NYC Ferry system has far exceeded expectations, serving 5 million passengers since the service was launched in May 2017. Now, in response to the record-breaking demand, new larger-capacity ferries are being built for New York waters, the first of which, Ocean Queen Rockstar, has arrived in New York this week.Ocean Queen Rockstar, the first in a series of six new 350-passenger capacity vessels being built for the NYC Ferry fleet, completed sea trials and journeyed 2,200 nautical miles from builder Metal Shark’s Gulf Coast shipyard to New York Harbor earlier this week.

07 Aug 2017

NYC’s New Ferries Move a Million Passengers in 86 Days

(Photo: Dale Barnett)

In operation for just three months, New York City’s new ferry service has already moved more than a million passengers. The new ferry service, NYC Ferry, commenced in May, serving Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn, with a Bronx connection scheduled for next year. Already, it is off to a great success with very high demand from riders. “We just broke one million rides on @ NYC Ferry….we’re changing the game for more New Yorkers,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted. The first two vessels were delivered only three months ago, and already it has expanded to 14 vessels with more on the way.

16 Jun 2017

NYC Jobs Plan Aims to Bolster Freight Network

©Mihai Andritoiu / Adobe Stock

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio today unveiled a series of initiatives aiming to spur 100,000 high-paying jobs over the coming decade across a number of sectors, including the City's maritime and intermodal freight and logistics industries. As part of the New York Works plan, the city will implement a multipronged strategy called Freight NYC that seeks to create 4,000 freight network industrial jobs by building more shipping and distribution infrastructure to connect NYC to the nation’s Marine Highway.

23 Dec 2016

NYC Ferries: A Collaborative Approach

Photo: Metal Shark

Innovative boats, unusual collaboration: Hornblower, Horizon, Incat Crowther and Metal Shark team up on one of the most significant newbuilding projects of the year. When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio earlier this year announced the selection of Hornblower to operate as many as 20 ferries to connect a similar number of New York City neighborhoods, the magnitude of the award immediately outweighed the details of the contract. The vessels, intended to eventually form the backbone of a modern…

15 Jul 2016

Incat Crowther Designs NYC's New Ferries

Incat Crowther-Designed Ferries for Hornblower Citywide Project Photo Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther has designed a new fleet of vessels for Hornblower, the selected operator of New York City’s new Citywide Ferry Service. The undertaking announced by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will create a network of ferries serving the entire city by the end of 2018 with a focus on areas that are currently underserved by transit. The new service includes longer runs to the Rockaways in 2017 along with South Brooklyn and Astoria. Service to the Lower East Side in Manhattan and Soundview in the Bronx begins in 2018.

11 Jul 2016

Horizon to Build NYC's New Ferries

Aerial view of Horizon Shipbuilding’s yard in Bayou La Batre, Ala. The new ferries will be constructed in the West Yard (visable in the upper right quadrant of the photo) . (Photo: Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc.)

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Ala., has been awarded a series production contract with Hornblower to build new 149-passenger ferries for New York City’s new citywide ferry service set to begin in Summer 2017. The vessels are part of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to connect the outer boroughs with inexpensive waterborne mass transit. The first ferries delivered will serve the South Brooklyn, Astoria and Rockaway routes next summer, with additional routes serving the Lower East Side and Soundview in the Bronx in Summer 2018.

17 Mar 2016

18 New Ferries Needed for New NYC Ferry Service

 San Francisco-based Hornblower is well-established in the NYC market. Pictured is Hornblower Infinity. (Photo: Hornblower)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the Citywide Ferry Service is on track to launch in 2017, with the selection of Hornblower, Inc. as its operator. The new service, which will include up to 20 boats and connect 21 New York City eighborhoods for the price of a single subway ride ($2.75) is scheduled to be fully operational by 2018, and is estimated to carry 4.6 million trips per year across six routes. “For the price of a single subway ride, tens-of-thousands of New Yorkers are going to have a new public transit option linking them to jobs…

08 Jul 2015

Maritime Solutions for the Big Apple’s Growth

Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

Like most of our Nation’s major urban areas, New York City is experiencing growing pains. The Big Apple’s rising population means surging needs for freight and services, which have made congestion a common reality for the city’s more than 10 million daily commuters. However, New York has long had a transportation ace in the hole â€“ its geography and access to water. New York City is positioned on a series of islands right in the middle of New York Harbor, one of the world’s largest natural harbors.

23 May 2014

Fleet Week New York Kicks Off at Grace Mansion

NY Coast Guard Ceremonial Drill Team: Photo FWNY

Fleet Week New York (FWNY) now in its 26th year, is the city's time-honored celebration of the sea services. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio hosted a breakfast and press conference honoring Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen at Gracie Mansion, May 22. The weeklong celebration is an unparalleled opportunity for the citizens of New York and the surrounding tri-state area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today's maritime services.

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