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East River Ferry to add Brooklyn Navy Yard stop ⛴️

Transportation is the biggest complaint of people working at the Navy Yard. The new dock should open in 2018.

A rendering of the ferry terminal at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

(Image courtesy of NYCEDC)

In what could be a significant development for the growing tech hub the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced earlier this week that a stop on the East River Ferry would be added there.

With transportation to and from the Navy Yard the most frequently cited complaint from people working there, this seems like a big deal.

“We can’t wait!” 1776NY director Rachel Haot said when reached by email.

But, in fact, they might have to, as the Brooklyn Paper is reporting that the stop won’t be added until 2018.

“The newly revealed Navy Yard stop will join the existing East River Ferry route — which sails between Dumbo and Greenpoint — and won’t open until 2018,” according to the paper. “The Fort Greene former shipyard will also house the new ferry system’s ‘home port,’ where operator Hornblower will dock, refuel, and maintain its 20-vessel fleet, DeBlasio said.”

The addition of the stop would be another win for the Navy Yard, which is already attracting top-level tech companies, both at 1776 and next door, at New Lab. The Navy Yard hopes for that momentum to continue, with the upcoming opening of Building 77.

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