The Wave Is Petty About The Ferry
I was dismayed by the tone of last week’s editorial, which fixated on petty concerns about credit for the new Rockaway ferry, instead of focusing on the important matter at hand: we now have a ferry.
As those who have already taken it will attest, it’s a significant breakthrough for this peninsula. We can now escape the long slog of the A Train or the Q35 for a straight ride along pleasant vistas right into New York Harbor. Unlike earlier ferry services, this initiative includes a comprehensive schedule and a muchneeded shuttle service.
The Wave chose not to trumpet these important accomplishments. I guess it’s critical to dump on Far Rockaway Assemblywoman Michelle Titus. Ultimately, the public – and, I imagine, earnest public servants and citizen activists – cares little about invitations to a City Hall-sponsored photo-op.
We should care – and be grateful – that Mayor Bill de Blasio has kept his promise to restore and expand ferry service. Providing transit alternatives to communities like ours demonstrates Mr. de Blasio’s strong record of progressive governance.
It’s not surprising that some in Rockaway can only say thank you through gritted teeth. The peninsula’s west end broke heavily against Mr. de Blasio four years ago, and probably will do so again.
As a former Wave columnist and current reader, I expect this newspaper to be thoughtful and measured in interpreting current events. I’m sorry that you folks might have to hold out for a mayoral visit. I think most of us are happy the wait for the ferry is over.
DANIEL J. SOLOMON