2013-05-17 / Editorial/Opinion

Mayor And Quinn Announce Free Ferry Service

The headline didn’t fool you, did it? Mayor Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced a free ferry, all right, but you knew it wasn’t for Rockaway. No, the new ferry which will launch on Memorial Day weekend is for Red Hook, Brooklyn. It’s a weekend special service so tourists and Manhattanites alike can get easy access to Red Hook during the summer. Weekend service? Yes, like what we’ve been asking for since March.

Bloomberg and Quinn were joined by all sorts of government and business big shots in celebrating the news of the free ferry. It’s expected to be a big boost for the local economy. “Expanded weekend ferry service to Red Hook is another way the City is helping Red Hook small businesses that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy get back on their feet,” said Rob Walsh, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. “This summer, take the ferry to Red Hook and explore what this neighborhood and its local small businesses have to offer.”

Red Hook was hit by Sandy, to be sure. And it’s good news indeed that they’re getting this extra help during the summer months.

But if there’s a place that needs expanded ferry service in the summer it’s Rockaway, for crying out loud.

The “A Line,” a lousy option in the best of times, is not enough for a Rockaway revival. An economic crisis continues. If the City wants to give Rockaway and its businesses the help it needs, they will extend ferry service now.

So hooray for Red Hook. What about Rockaway?

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