Durst wants to extend East River ferry service to UES

The developer is currently building a 2,400-unit resi complex in Astoria
May 01, 2019 09:45AM

Douglas Durst and the NYC ferry on the East River (Credit: Curbed NY)

Douglas Durst and the NYC ferry on the East River (Credit: Curbed NY)

The Durst Organization is again lobbying to add another ferry stop to the city’s water transport service, this time linking the Upper East Side to the route.

The developer is expected to propose the plan, which would connect Astoria to the 90th Street ferry terminal in Yorkville, to Manhattan community board Wednesday before making a formal pitch to the New York City Economic Development Corporation, which oversees the ferry service, according to The City.

“It’s about 1,000 feet between the two ferry stops. The trip would take less than five minutes,” Jordan Barowitz, a Durst spokesperson told the publication.

The ferry currently runs from Wall Street to 34th Street, and stops at Long Island City, Roosevelt Island and Astoria. Durst is currently building a 2,400-unit project, Halletts Point, which is a short walk from the Astoria ferry stop. One of the project’s towers has already opened.

Since its launch in 2011, the ferry service has increased real estate prices to the neighborhoods it services, including Williamsburg, Dumbo and Long Island City.

In 2014, shortly after purchasing a $100 million stake in its Astoria development, Durst lobbied the city to add a ferry stop to the neighborhood’s waterfront. The Astoria stop was added in August 2017. [The City] — David Jeans