After months of head scratching and hand wringing, it appears that work to repair the India Street ferry landing has finally visibly begun, just nine days before next Friday’s G-train closure plunges North Brooklyn into a five-week transportation brown out. It appears city officials are now “cautiously optimistic” that the landing’s owners will finish repairs before the G shuts down.
In our in-depth June 6 post on the topic, we noted a disconcerting lack of transparency about the repair process and called on local political leaders to pressure the city and the landing’s owners to publicly commit to a timeline that would ensure the ferry is operational before shutdown.
For weeks, we heard nothing but chirping crickets. But then NY1 aired a June 18 story by Jose Martinez in which State Senator Daniel Squadron and Councilman Stephan Levin both came out swinging: “I fully expect that within a month’s time, the East River ferry is going to be back up and running here at India Street. And it better be, because that’s the commitment we’ve heard time and time again and that’s what the commuters expect,” said Levin.
Squadron and Levin ratcheted up the pressure last Friday by issuing a joint press release saying that the lack of a confirmed date for the completion of repairs is “simply unacceptable” and calling on the city to “commit today to a date for a safe reopening.”
Today we finally received word from one of our readers that a tugboat is positioning a crane at the end of the pier. Can it be that the cranes have arrived just in the nick of time?
Let’s hope so.
Let’s also hope that the landing’s owners conduct thorough repairs using competent contractors and that this isn’t some kind of last-minute rush job to avoid community outrage. Because nothing would provoke more outrage than another mishap like last February—or worse yet, a future incident in which one of our neighbors gets hurt.