- New York Water Taxi
New York Water Taxi Locale New York City Waterway East River, Flushing Bay, Harlem River, Hell Gate, Hudson River, New York Harbor, Buttermilk Channel, Erie Basin, Upper New York Bay, The Narrows, Lower New York Bay, Raritan Bay, Rockaway Inlet, Sandy Hook Bay, West Channel Transit type Water taxi Operator New York Water Taxi Began operation September 25, 2002 No. of lines 13 No. of vessels 12 No. of terminals 11 Daily ridership Approximately 1,370 Owner Douglas Durst
Website http://www.nywatertaxi.com/ New York Water Taxi
New York Water Taxi is a water taxi service based in Red Hook, Brooklyn offering commuter and sightseeing service mainly to points along the East River and Hudson River. It is one of several private operators of ferries, sightseeing boats, and water taxis in the Port of New York and New Jersey.
On November 3, 2008, New York Water Taxi purchased Circle Line Downtown, a cruise and sightseeing company that operates on the New York Harbor, and together with Water Taxi Beach formed the Harbor Experience Companies. On June 21, 2010, the Durst Organization purchased New York Water Taxi and Circle Line Downtown, with Water Taxi Beach operations handed over to former New York Water Taxi co-president Tom Fox, and the Harbor Experience Companies name discontinued.
New York Water Taxi operates a fleet of 12 vessels of four distinct types with most of them being named for what the company refers to as "New York's civic heroes". The 67.1-foot (20.5 m) Ed Rogowsky, Gene Flatow, Marian S Heiskell, Sam Holmes, and Seymour B. Durst vessels built from 2005 to 2008 by the Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding Corporation are capable of carrying up to 149 passengers at a speed of 26 knots. The 53.3-foot (16.2 m) Curt Berger, John Keith, Michael Mann, Mickey Murphy, and Schuyler Meyer Jr. vessels built from 2002 to 2003 by Robert E. Derecktor Connecticut Shipyards, LLC are capable of carrying up to 74 passengers at 24 knots. The 95-foot (29 m) American Princess built in 1988 by Breaux Brothers Enterprises can carry up to 250 passengers, while the 120-foot (37 m) American Princess II is capable of carrying up to 288 passengers. All vessels can sustain massive amounts of abuse from the elements, and every vessel (except for the American Princess and American Princess II, which are monohulled) is a catamaran.
New York Water Taxi currently operates one commuter service:
- The IKEA Express Service serving:
During the summer, New York Water Taxi operates seasonal services. New York Beach Ferry service connects slips along the East River in Manhattan with beaches at Jacob Riis Park at Roxbury, Queens. Hop-on/Hop-off services serve various slips along the East River, Hudson River, and New York Harbor within the city.
New York Beach Ferry
- The NYHarborWay Brooklyn/Manhattan Express Service serving:
- The Statue of Liberty Downtown Express Service serving:
Water Taxi Beach
New York Water Taxi also provides sightseeing tours of the East River, Hudson River and New York Harbor. Special events services connect slips along the East River in Manhattan with Citi Field, Icahn Stadium, the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Yankee Stadium, and Water Taxi Beach locations at Governors Island and Hunters Point.
Marians Heiskell departs the storage facility in Red Hook
The Schuyler Meyer Jr. arriving at the Wall Street Ferry Pier
- ^ "New York City Water Taxi Company Takes Off". Associated Press. October 21, 2002. http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showpost.php?p=269&postcount=3. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
- ^ Grace, Melissa (November 3, 2008). "New York Water Taxi buys Circle Line Downtown, two boats". Daily News (New York). http://www.nydailynews.com/money/2008/11/03/2008-11-03_new_york_water_taxi_buys_circle_line_dow.html. Retrieved 2009-08-09.
- ^ a b "NY Water Taxi in talks with German firm; beaches spin-off". NewYorkology. June 21, 2010. http://www.newyorkology.com/archives/2010/06/ny_water_taxi_i.php. Retrieved 2010-07-05.
- ^ "Our Boats". New York Water Taxi. http://www.nywatertaxi.com/boats/. Retrieved 2010-07-05.
- ^ "Cruises and Charters in New York City". American Princess Cruises. http://www.americanprincesscruises.com/index.htm. Retrieved 2010-07-05.
- ^ http://watertaxibeach.com/
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