It comes as no surprise to me and to many residents of our community that service will soon end for the Rockaway ferry. This was something that needed the support of many, but sadly catered to a select few. There are countless times I find myself thinking that for every step our neighborhood takes, we take an additional two backwards.
When the program was first announced, I was disappointed to hear of its extremely limited schedule, but was even more disappointed to hear of its unnecessary stop at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, and its lack of service to midtown. To expect customers to pay the additional subway fare and spend the additional time commuting uptown was nonsensical; to expect customers to transfer boats, make three additional Brooklyn stops, AND pay an additional $1 to arrive at East 34 Street 30 minutes later was comical. I hope that for our community’s sake, the thought of utilizing the waterways to and from Manhattan is revisited. For once, however, I’d like to see the concerns and needs of our peninsula addressed.
Sadly, this time around, the city chose to subsidize a company that would rather be tied to a tugboat than learn to sail on its own and change its ways.