In 2005, this well-traveled link between Staten Island and Manhattan was infused with new energy when the City of New York unveiled the upgraded St. George Ferry Terminal, a $130 million renovation project administered by NYCEDC.
For over 200 years, ferry service has connected the northern tip of Staten Island with the southern tip of Manhattan. In 2005, this well-traveled link connecting the two boroughs was infused with new energy when the City of New York unveiled two completely upgraded ferry terminals for the Staten Island Ferry Service.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg marked the official reopening of the St. George Ferry Terminal, following extensive renovations, on May 20, 2005, at a ceremony that followed the maiden voyage of the "Sen. John J. Marchi" ferry boat.
The $130 million renovation features floor-to-ceiling glass that reveals panoramic views of the harbor and incoming ferries, a transparent waiting room secured by ornamental rails, and a steel and glass design that provides natural lighting and views of the Manhattan skyline.
A pedestrian walkway connects Richmond Terrace and the terminal entry, while another walkway provides a scenic link to the Richmond County Bank Ballpark, which hosts 38 baseball games and 90 additional events every year and is home to the Staten Island Yankees,
A photovoltaic louver system saves 25 percent of the energy needed to operate the facility, and an 18,000-square-foot living roof supports local flora visible from the public viewing area of a waterfront plaza atop the terminal building. Instead of a storm water drainage system, run-off is collected in a cistern and used to irrigate the soil of this rooftop garden.
And in February 2008, Mayor Bloomberg and Borough President Molinaro celebrated the grand opening of two 1,600-gallon fish tanks in the waiting room, each of which hold 200 tropical fish. Borough President Molinaro allocated $750,000 in capital funding for these tanks, which are maintained by the Staten Island Zoo.
The St. George Terminal offers 29,000 square feet of retail space, presenting an opportunity for retailers to serve almost 29,500 area residents in addition to the thousands of visitors that pass through the terminal.
NYCEDC administered the St. George Ferry Terminal project on behalf of the Department of Transportation, the New York office of Hellmuth Obata + Kassabaum was the architect for the project, and construction management services were provided by Skanska USA.