India Street Routinely Flooded for NYC Ferry Riders
The India Street pier entrance has been flooding for months during rain episodes and multiple people have reached out to Greenpointers with photos from last night’s flooded commute.
“I love the ferry, I feel like most people in Greenpoint who take it, love it,” said Sean Hart, a Greenpoint resident who takes the ferry at India Street approximately three to five times per week.
But Hart’s love for the ferry has come with multiple instances of dodging the flood waters on India Street next to “The Greenpoint” development, where pedestrians are prohibited from accessing the new walkway that is policed by construction workers.
“A few months ago, I went to take the ferry, it was on a rainy day as well, and I noticed a similar level of flood and I wasn’t sure what to do,” Hart said.
“I remember even stepping over to the area where the condo is and I remember there was a pretty rude angry foreman,” he said.
“That area has become a mess where the construction is. The way it looked yesterday, it looks like there’s no efforts being made to do anything about it,” Hart said, adding that he submitted a complaint to 311 and the NYC Ferry on Instagram.
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I can’t say I’m dissapointed by the @nyc_ferry response to my inquiry about the flooding at the Greenpoint ferry terminal, as I didn’t expect to change the world dramaticly with Instagram usage. I don’t blame the social media person in charge of the @nyc_ferry account as I’m sure this is a department directive. Nonetheless, the lack of responsiveness to an ongoing safety and transportation issue by a city agency (or entity that operates with the city’s blessing) feels neglectful and lazy. Being pointed to 311 is the bureaucratic equivalent of a ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ On the @greenpointers post that used my photos (thanks!), commenters mentioned resorting to taking apart fences to gain ferry access. This is not ideal, but they are left with little choice as no ferry representatives are present when flooding occurs. No signage is posted indicating alternative egresses nor are alternative pathways present. Let me emphasize I love the service and experience provided by the @nyc_ferry as it has altered the landscape (seascape) of Greenpoint transportation for the better. I would just like to see this extreme situation receive the needed attention by @nyc_ferry @nycmayor @thegreenpointny @senatorsalazar @stephenlevin33 I will continue to update this situation. The rain may have stopped today, but I shall not. @nypost @ny1 @nydailynews @gothamist #nycferry #greenpoint #wethenauticalcommutingpopulace #dot #nyctransit #disaster #floods #justwrong #passthebuck #311 #really #boats #stormfront #billyjoel
He went on to explain that construction workers at “The Greenpoint” typically yell at pedestrians seeking dryer land on “The Greenpoint’s” walkway that isn’t as flooded as the street.
More commuters posted their images from last night’s harrowing walk to the ferry on India Street :
It rained. My wife took these wonderful photos of commuters doing parkour to escape the flooded @NYCferry pier at Java Street because NYC does not care about public safety. Cc @NYCSpeakerCoJo @assemblymanjoe @StephenLevin33 @ny1 @NYC_DOT @nyc311 @FDNY pic.twitter.com/bejdvBLEsN
— jonathan vanasco (@jonathanvanasco) May 30, 2019
this is insane ! Java street has been a mess for the entirety of the three years I’ve lived in Greenpoint as they extremely slowly build a dumb high-rise that is just going to clog up the neighborhood https://t.co/S72fDdMyM0
— Mike Murphy (@mcwm) May 30, 2019
State Assemblyman Joe Lentol released a statement regarding the flooding:
Read my statement regarding flooding on India Street. pic.twitter.com/7YvtpomUhF
— Joe Lentol (@assemblymanjoe) May 30, 2019
The problem, Hart suspects, is that 311 complaints only go so far as the flood waters quickly recede following the rain: “The lady on 311 this morning said ‘Is there flooding there right now,’ and I said ‘I don’t know,’ adding that the flood waters come and go.
“The pier is fine, once you’re there it’s not an issue. Personally, I feel that the building should take more responsibility for what’s going on there,” Hart said.