Saturday, May 07, 2005

New and improved South Ferry

In the sleek new Staten Island Ferry terminal at Whitehall, you come up the escalators, pass through the silent electronic people counters (see them all in a row), and sit in the big empty waiting room with lots of other waiting people. Then the appointed time comes, a ferry arrives, and you head to DOOR 1 or DOOR 2 or DOOR 3, and crush through the big opening as if you were entering the mouth of a whale -- and a free whale at that.

I still haven't figured out why the letters S-T-A-T-E are missing from the front of the building, but it might have something to do with the fact that they haven't yet build the whole marquee yet. The other day, most of the remaining letters were lit up in purple, though. They read: "SLAND FERRY." In the meantime, I wonder how long the scrolling digital signs inside will call it the "New" terminal.

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