“I inspected ferries when I was in the Coast Guard, and now I’m part of the team at NYCEDC that’s building the City’s ferry network.”
A New Yorker since birth, Felix was raised in Spanish Harlem, earned his undergraduate degree from Stony Brook University in 2009. Felix joined the Coast Guard while in college where he earned the rank of officer and was moved to Chicago in January 2010. Fortunately, Felix says with a sigh of relief, “I was lucky enough to be transferred back to New York City.” He is currently studying for a master’s degree in public administration at Baruch College.
Growing up in New York City, Felix gained a unique perspective on development in the city. “I had a first-hand look at what urban development was all about,” he says, “I grew up in Spanish Harlem, but I’ve lived all over the city. My mom lives in the Bronx, my extended family lives in Washington Heights, my wife is from Queens, and now we live in Brooklyn. I’ve seen a lot of changes.”
Felix is working on the build-out, implementation, and operations for the Citywide Ferry, and also manages waterfront properties, City properties, docking facilities, marinas, and the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal.
“The most rewarding thing about my job,” Felix says, “is being part of a new transportation system that is going to have a major impact on the entire city.”
NYCEDC is lucky to have someone with his background and his genuine love for New York City. Full steam ahead!