Tag Archives: East River

NEW YORK CITY: Proposed East River Tramway Gets New Support From Pols With Coming L Train Closure

Two years ago I reported that a business group had proposed a privately-operated $100M gondola system (much like existing the Roosevelt Island Tramway) which would connect Brooklyn and lower Manhattan. The proposal soon vanished into “neat idea but not gonna happen” history but now it has new life with the coming years-long closure of the L train forced by damage ...

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Ice Shuts Down NYC Ferry Service

The wind chill this morning was a record-setting -15.

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De Blasio Announces New Ferry Service

Via Gothamist: The East River ferry, launched by de Blasio’s predecessor, currently shuttles passengers to a limited number of stops in Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan along the East River, for $4 a ticket on weekdays and $6 on weekends. The new ferry service will be cheaper—Blasio promised yesterday that “new ferry rides will be priced the same as a MetroCard ...

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Proposed: New East River Tramway

New York City already offers tram service between the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island, but a local businessman has proposed a new “high-speed” gondola system that would initially provide service between Williamsburg and lower Manhattan. Gothamist is digging it: Picture this: it’s 100 degrees out, you descend into the subway station to find a packed platform, you stand for ...

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Commuter Ferry Crashes In NYC

This morning a commuter ferry crashed into Pier 11 at the foot of Wall Street. Local news reports that at least two dozen people were injured.   Story developing… RELATED: In 2003 eleven people were killed and scores were seriously injured when the Staten Island Ferry crashed into the dock in lower Manhattan. UPDATE: I’ve changed the headline of this post ...

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Morning View – East River

I’m just a couple of blocks from the East River, where water is already topping the seawall. Even at high tide, the water level is usually about eight feet below the ledge.  I’m guessing that they’ll have to close the FDR before too much longer.

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NEW YORK CITY: British Lesbian Killed In East River Helicopter Crash

A British woman celebrating her 40th birthday with her partner and parents was killed yesterday when their sightseeing helicopter crashed into the East River just off Manhattan. The frenzied rescue attempt was covered live on NYC television and was viewed by thousands from their office and apartment windows. Moments before a doomed chopper crashed into the East River on Tuesday, ...

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The Waterfalls Are Flowing

Artist Olafur Eliasson’s Waterfalls installations on the East River have begun flowing today, but probably don’t give quite the intended thrill when the weather is as dark and gloomy as it is right now. The four waterfalls will run through October 13th, 7am -10pm. Via Gothamist, here’s some good viewing spots. I’ll put up some pictures later as they come ...

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Water Ski Threat Level: High

With all the world leaders in town for the U.N. General Assembly, security is naturally very tight. Yesterday, Farmboy C and I were walking along the East River where we watched this twin machine-gunned Coast Guard boat ward pleasure cruisers away from the U.N. side of the river. When they went by at high speed, the kid at the machine ...

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