The entrance to the NYC Ferry at India Street has been flooding for months (if not more than a year) and the city vowed to take action after last week’s flooded ferry commute where multiple ferry riders shared their experiences.
Do not ever say NYers are not nice. NYers are the NICEST. Here is one now, taking time to drive fellow NYers out of flash flood zone at the Greenpoint stop of East River Ferry. He came back several times to take 25 people to dry ground. Why? Because he is a NYer. A mensch. pic.twitter.com/m5mW9wG6rN
— Mandi R (@Mandiblesat140) June 29, 2018
Due to ponding at Greenpoint as a result of severe rain, service to Greenpoint is temporarily suspended until further notice. A free shuttle bus between Greenpoint and Hunters Point South will be available. For details, see service alert here: https://t.co/ezqLHZIJBX
— NYC Ferry (@NYCferry) May 30, 2019
While our development is not the cause of flooding on India Street near the ferry terminal, we are willing to help ease the pain for commuters while the City resolves the underlying issues regarding drainage on its property. The Greenpoint would like to immediately install a temporary elevated walkway connecting the current dead end of the northern sidewalk directly to the ferry landing on the south side. This work could be completed within days presuming cooperation and support of local officials, and would be performed at our cost. We believe this would provide a clear path for commuters and demonstrate our commitment to the good of the local community.
We have learned that the lack of proper drainage along the dead end of India Street is a condition that long predates our project. According to City records, approved drainage has never existed there. The permanent resolution of this lies with the City, and may be a slow process. The Greenpoint previously proposed alternative permanent solutions to applicable City agencies, which were rejected, but we are glad to revisit them with the City in light of the growing difficulties being faced by so many commuters.
In an interview with NBC 4 last week at the ferry entrance, Councilman Stephen Levin confirmed that there’s likely no sewer or drainage infrastructure under India Street, which is causing the flooding. While the walkway could be ready next door at The Greenpoint in the very near future, it may take years to install drainage and sewer infrastructure.