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De Blasio Plans Ferry to Serve Gentrifying Brooklyn, Queens

  • City taxpayers’ cost would be more than $30 million a year
  • Budget watchdogs question whether ridership demand is there
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This time next year, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to be campaigning for re-election touting his creation of a ferry service linking Manhattan with a string of fast-growing communities across the East River.

Potential economic benefits outweigh impacts from noise, engine exhaust and traffic, according to an administration review last month. Still, the system’s success hinges on its ability to attract millions of passengers with a $6.60-per-ride subsidy that would become more expensive to taxpayers if it serves fewer riders than the mayor predicts.