(Artists rendition of Staten Island Ferry leaving 69th St Pier)
City Councilman Vincent Gentile announced Sunday that ferry service between Bay Ridge and Staten Island will soon be restored. At a raucous press conference inside Circles' Restaurant, he said " After a hiatus of more than 40 years, it is time to right this wrong. The Verrazano Bridge is falling apart . No one can afford the toll. And its choked with traffic all the time. This will help make things better".
Responding to a question from Geraldo Rivera of Fox News, Gentile said that the new service should run every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. "We can ramp up service on the B-1 and B-9 buses to feed the ferries."
Will cars be allowed on the ferries, asked Mathew Lysiak of the Brooklyn Paper?
" Yes we they will. There will be a charge a toll of one dollar each way for Bay Ridge residents, and $20 each way for Staten Island residents. They want to play games, we'll show 'em how to play games."
Some new construction will have to be added to the pier to accommodate the ferries. The new service begins at 7:15am Wednesday July 4, 2007.