2003-02-15 / Letters

Ferry Is A Pipe Dream

Ferry Is A Pipe Dream

Kudos to Ms. Judy Camacchio for having said a mouthful. Yes, who is going to use a ferry in the wintertime when the bay is frozen, like we had a few days ago? Even in normal weather, not everyone would use it for the simple reason that a rocking boat plays a distressing, feeling on them. I know someone who gets nauseous only at the sight of an agitated bay, like we have right now. Sure the word ferry is a magic word.

Some people associates ferry to "love-boat" and that brings in the bacon, the votes. But do they really know what they are talking about? Do they really think that a ferry is better than an express bus or the reactivation of the old Long Island Railroad? They would say or do anything (even preventing some people from voting) to get elected.

Let me get this straight, Ms. Marshall or whoever advocates a ferryboat for Rockaway. A person from, let us say, Mott Street, would take a train to Broad Channel, for a shuttle to 116 Street. Here he would get a quick (?, ok, please don’t laugh, I haven’t finished yet) transfer to Riis Park. Where he would jump on the "local" ferry to Sheepshead Bay Pier. Here he would transfer to a bigger ferry to Battery Park, where he would get a quick (?) transfer to a subway train to West 4 Street, where he would transfer to a train to 42 Street. Upon arrival at his office this man/woman would not need a desk, but a couch to recuperate from the fatigue of the trip. How much would this little odyssey costs?

Would it be a one fare? what are they going to call it? Train to bus to ferry to subway?

Please give me break. They don’t know what they are talking about. But then whose fault is it.? We give them birth, we educate them, we vote for them. Why should we blame them? Look at many promises they have made to Rockaway in the recent past years.

Hey, Chuck/ Hillary, where is the pool, the $15 million Olympic style pool at Riis Park.?

Hey, Anthony, what happened with the planes? They are still flying over our heads. We should learn not to pay much attention to their promises. Politicians come and go and, as the old saying goes, the orchestra changes, but the music is still the same. We should learn from an ass, a Roman ass, I mean. When the barbarians were taking Rome, a master loaded all his belongings to a poor ass and incited it to run. The donkey ran as it could for a while, then started walking until it sat down exhausted The master, infuriated, told it to run, run, the barbarians are coming, At this point the donkey turned round and laconically said: Hey, master,,,,, why should I run? Under the Romans or the barbarians I am still an ass.

Yes, we should have a ferry here for Rockaway, but not to commute to Manhattan. It should be for a little cruise round the bay, for a little extravaganza that we need so much. But don’t hold your breath. Politicians will come and go; they will always lullaby us for our votes, but we will always remain a bunch of asses.


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