Aug. 14, 2015 By Jackie Strawbridge
The City is examining the dock site just across Anable Basin from Gantry Plaza State Park, for the Long Island City stop on the incoming Astoria-to-Wall Street ferry line.
This ferry line will be one of five slated to open between 2017 and 2018 as part of a City-wide plan announced earlier this year. It will run from Hallets Cove in Astoria to Roosevelt Island, to Long Island City, to East 34th Street and Wall Street in Manhattan.
The Hunters Point South dock will remain and its existing Queens/Brooklyn/Manhattan route will be unchanged (see map).
The City Economic Development Corporation has identified the waterfront edge of 44th Drive – on the north side of Anable Basin, across from Gantry, near the Water’s Edge restaurant – as a potential site to construct the Long Island City North ferry dock, a spokesperson confirmed.
Paula Kirby of Plaxall, which owns property next to the proposed dock site, said she is “excited” for the potential new neighbor.
“We certainly thought it was a great idea to have more transportation between Long Island City and Manhattan,” she added.
Plans for the City’s new ferry lines are still in the early stages; the project is expected to require multiple agency approvals and zoning waivers, according to documents from the Mayor’s office.
Next month, four public meetings will take place regarding the environmental impact of the City-wide ferry service project, including the potential Long Island City dock.
A Queens meeting will take place Sept. 16 at Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd. in Kew Gardens, at 6 p.m.