A tug-of-war has erupted between Long Island and Staten Island over who will land the disused ferry, which Saturday Night Live stars Pete Davidson and Colin Jost bought in January.
The two comedians hope to transform the massive 57-year-old former Staten Island Ferry into a floating entertainment space, bar and restaurant — but the final location is yet to be determined.
Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine spoke to Davidson last week and urged him to consider his humble spot in central Long Island.
“While recognizing your affinity with your home of Staten Island, we invite you to take this iconic vessel to a Long Island location such as Port Jefferson, Patchogue or even Fire Island,” Romaine said in the April 4 statement . “We’re confident Long Islanders looking for entertainment will help keep this new venture ‘afloat’.”
Staten Island County President Vito Fossella did not take well to Long Island’s shot ahead of the bow.
“Staten Island is the real island. Long Island is the wrong island,” Fossella trolled. “With all due respect, Peter directed a film called King of Staten Island – not King of Brookhaven.”
Fossella, who said he had discussions with the ferry investors, promised he would personally sing karaoke aboard the ship for a full year when the boat landed in his county.
“He could drive the business away,” Romaine scoffed.
Romaine told the Post he got the idea from his friend Kevin Law, the new director of the state’s Urban Development Corp.
“He said Ed they were looking for a home,” Romaine recalls. “He texted me and I said yes. When you work in local government, you’re always looking for things that will make your community better.”
In his letter, Romaine Davidson invited Jost and the project’s other investors to tour the neighborhood, complete with “an escort [of] local tourism and elected officials.”
The Davidson-Jost team acquired the 277-foot, 2,100-ton vessel loftily named John F. Kennedy on January 19 for $280,100. It’s been moored to city property at Staten Island’s St. George Ferry Terminal for months since — which officials have blessed when trying to find a dock to refurbish it.
“No one has granted an extension. We only work with the city. All they want to know is that it’s happening and we’re not going to be stuck there forever,” said comedy club owner Paul Italia, who works with the stars and acts as point man for logistics. “We will move the boat next week.”
As for the final location, Italia said the jury is still at sea.
“I think everyone is in the running at this point,” he said. “We’ve been approached with countless potential opportunities and we just have to go through them all.”
https://nypost.com/2022/04/09/islands-battle-for-pete-davidson-and-colin-josts-ferryboat/ Islands Battle for Pete Davidson and Colin Jost’s Ferry