Brooklyn Borough President calls for ferry service in Coney Island

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The campaign to expand NYC Ferry service to Coney Island received a big boost from Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Wednesday.

In the ongoing Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) process surrounding the Sea Park North development, which Coney Island News covered in November, the Borough President is recommending ferry service in Coney Island to absorb growth in the area.

Adams recommended a ferry landing at West 21st St. along Neptune Ave.

“It’s time to fully utilize Brooklyn’s waterways and expand NYC Ferry service to the transit-challenged community of Coney Island,” Adams said. “I have long advocated for the construction of a dedicated ferry dock along Coney Island Creek, and the popularity of our citywide ferry network is proof positive that this investment would be sound and successful. Advancing this mission through the ULURP process is the next logical step in this neighborhood’s advocacy. From Coney Island to Marine Park to Canarsie, ferry service to southern Brooklyn is a matter of transit equity whose time has come.”

As we have reported, there has been a strong local effort to bring ferry service to Coney Island. Daniel Ioannou of Coney Islanders 4 Ferry, a Facebook group, welcomed the latest news.

“There is no better place for a Coney Island Ferry landing than West 21st and Neptune along the Coney Island Creek,” he said. “We thank Borough President Eric Adams for continuing to vocally support a Coney Island Ferry route. What are top echelons of City Government waiting for?”

Elected officials have jumped onboard the ferry push, including City Councilmember Mark Treyger, who received a letter in August from the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) stating that they would include Coney Island and Canarsie in the next round of studies regarding expansion.

The NYCEDC told Coney Island News in the summer that if “ridership demand is high and service is successful, then we may be able to consider other opportunities for expansion to more communities, including Coney Island.”

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