Long Island offers to dock Pete Davidson’s ferry; Fossella says he’ll sing karaoke if he chooses SI, report claims


STATEN ISLAND, NY – It’s a battle of islands.

Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine pitched Brookhaven, Long Island as the perfect potential location to house the decommissioned John F. Kennedy Staten Island Ferry that was purchased by Pete Davidson and Colin Jost of Staten Island , reported the Post.

Davidson and Jost bought the boat for just over $280,000 with comedy club owner Paul Italia in January. The beloved ferry will eventually become a comedy club restaurant in the future, Davidson said.

The boat needs a massive makeover – which could take at least five years – it also needs a permanent home.

“While we are well aware of your affinity for your native Staten Island, we invite you to consider bringing this iconic vessel to a Long Island location such as Port Jefferson, Patchogue or even Fire Island. We’re confident Long Islanders looking for entertainment will help keep this new venture ‘afloat,’” Romaine told The Post.

The offer did not sit well with Staten Island Borough President Vito Fossella, who declared Staten Island to be the “good island” and Long Island to be the “bad island”.

Staten Island Borough President Vito Fossella (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

“With all due respect, Peter made a movie called King of Staten Island – not King of Brookhaven,” Fossella said, according to the report.

The borough president went so far as to say he would sing karaoke on the ship for a year if Davidson and Jost chose to keep the ferry on Staten Island.

Italia told the Post that the ferry could end up anywhere.

“I think everyone is in contention at this point. We have been approached with countless potential opportunities and we are going to have to go through them all,” Italia said.

Finding permanent housing for a boat as large as the Staten Island Ferry is no easy task, president and CEO of the nonprofit Waterfront Alliance Cortney Worrell told The Sun.

“Finding a big house for a really big ship is literally like building a skyscraper,” Worrell reportedly said, explaining that a slip might have to be built to accommodate the ship, and that there might be “a environmental obstacle” that the vessel must overcome. , because “anything that casts a permanent shadow on the water actually affects the bottom aquatic life”.


Prior to her retirement, the John F. Kennedy was the oldest remaining vessel in the Staten Island Ferry’s active fleet, having first been commissioned in 1965.

The boat, which was the first Staten Island Ferry with diesel-electric propulsion machinery, is nearly 300 feet long and capable of carrying more than 3,000 passengers at a time.

The John F. Kennedy was popular among equestrians for her exterior walks and extended foredecks, features that were incorporated into the new Staten Island Ferry class of boats.



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