Harlem Shake (Staten Island Ferry)
The MTA’s interim head said the agency is not considering re-opening the “old” South Ferry station so it can focus on getting trains rolling in the new station ahead of the three-year timetable set for its reconstruction.
The station swamped with 15 million gallons of seawater from Hurricane Sandy and will take ‘no more than 3 years’ to fix.
This is a pretty hotly debated topic at Gothamist HQ: Is the Staten Island Ferry a good first date spot? Our own Chris Robbins says: ”This is a first date, people: it’s make or break. Would you invite someone to ride the B/D over the Manhattan Bridge and back for the view so you can stare into each other’s eyes as a guy hocks a loogie in the corner?” Others in the office love the idea, and also think elevated trains are very romantic. But Mayor Bloomberg is the top promoter of public transit dates, speaking up again about it during a ride on the Staten Island Ferry yesterday.
According to CityRoom, the billionaire “reminisced a bit about his bachelor days, when the ferry was one of his preferred spots for a date. ‘You’d get a six-pack of beer, a pizza, and you’d sit outside; it was really romantic.’
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Sonic Drive-In Coming to Staten Island?
Last year, a Sonic Drive-In opening in Long Island, giving New York City residents an option to visit the fast food joint without leaving the state—even though it’s farther than the one in North Bergen, NJ. And Staten Island residents have been close to the one in Bayonne. But now there are rumors that one will open in Staten Island!
A source tells the Staten Island Advance: “Paul Montella, owner of Nucci’s South Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria in Richmond Valley, and another man, Anthony Cirillo, were said to have purchased rights to open a Sonic restaurant on Staten Island, the person said, mentioning it’s coming to Richmond Valley.” While Montella and Cirillo (and Sonic) have refused to comment, the Advance points out, “Cirillo’s Facebook page claims he’s the owner of a Sonic restaurant.”
P.S. 22 to Perform at Presidential Inauguration
No matter who is sworn in outside the U.S. Capitol building in January, the PS 22 Chorus will be there.
The 65 fifth-graders and their teacher, Gregg (Mister B) Breinberg, accepted Monday Sen. Charles Schumer’s invitation to perform as part of the 57th Presidential Inaugural Ceremonies just before the presidential inauguration next year.
“Of all the choruses around the state and the country, you’ve been chosen to sing at the president’s inauguration,” Schumer told the youngsters at the Graniteville school.