Good morning on this radiant Thursday.
Ahoy, New York.
Ferries on the new South Brooklyn route set out this morning, making stops at Bay Ridge, Brooklyn Army Terminal, Red Hook, Brooklyn Bridge Park and Wall Street.
It’s the second new route to open this year on the NYC Ferry service. By next summer, the plan is for six lines in the system to make stops at 22 landings around the city, led by around 50 captains.
Endy Santana, 28, is one of your captains. He has been on the waters of New York for nearly a decade, first as a deckhand and captain for New York Water Taxi, and now as an NYC Ferry captain.
Even after years at the helm, he finds that some of his friends still don’t understand what his job entails.
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“They think I’m like Jack Sparrow or something, hoisting sails in the cold,” he said, referring to the Johnny Depp character in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films.
That misconception vanishes when he explains that his boats have concession stands, bathrooms, and heating and air conditioning.
Mr. Santana’s days begin as early as 5 a.m., when he commutes by bicycle from his home in South Williamsburg to the Brooklyn Navy Yard to meet with his three-person crew and inspect the ferry before it pulls out into the busy waters.
On the water, he juggles keeping close watch on his craft through cameras above and below deck, communicating with other boats, and monitoring the currents, tides and skies.
“Seagulls are the best way to see what’s going on with the wind,” he told us, while bound for the Rockaways in Queens. “You just stare into the sky and see which way they’re gliding.”
The ebbs and flows of traffic in New York’s waters, however, are a bit harder to predict.
In a reversal of most people’s commutes, Mr. Santana said, the commotion from tugboats, barges, divers and kayaks usually picks up after the morning rush hour and dies down before the evening.
And it’s nothing like the packed streets of New York, he said.
“It’s calmer than in the city,” he said. “When you’re out here in the harbor, it feels peaceful. You’re still in New York, but outside the chaos of the streets.”
Even more so if you catch a ride with Mr. Santana — he’s what you’d call a smooth sailor.
“I’m really laid back,” he said. “Both running the boat and docking, I’m trying to make the ride as soft and safe as possible.”
That makes him the ideal pilot for those looking to enjoy the sights: the Statue of Liberty, Governors Island, or the skyscrapers of the Financial District, which still give Mr. Santana “a little fuzzy feeling” when he glides by.
Our ferryboat captain even offered us a nautical tip for later in the summer: Board the East River ferry or the new South Brooklyn ferry before the fireworks on the Fourth of July for an intense, up-close experience.
“You can feel the pressure of the fireworks in your chest,” he said. “Those are the moments that remind you that, yeah, this is a great job.”
Here’s what else is happening:
June is bustin’ out all over.
Time’s flying, and a new month begins today with sunshine and toasty temperatures around 80.
(Perfect day for a boat ride, wouldn’t you say?)
Things simmer down a bit later, with a clear, cool evening ahead.
In the News
• A city police sergeant was charged with murder and manslaughter in the death of a mentally ill woman in the Bronx. [New York Times]
• The decline of Bleecker Street: A luxury district that began with the Magnolia cupcake craze now has empty storefronts. [New York Times]
• Kathy Griffin has been fired as co-host of CNN’s New Year’s Eve program. [New York Times]
• At some New York schools, dogs help teach children about empathy and resilience. [New York Times]
• Immigrants convicted of certain crimes should not be excluded from getting deportation lawyers, some City Council members say. [New York Times]
• New Yorkers share their subway delay woes. [New York Times]
• … One Hunter College student even missed his graduation this week because of subway delays, so fellow riders held a commencement ceremony in their train car. [Gothamist]
• Here’s a preliminary guide to the city’s pride celebrations this month. [DNAinfo]
• Today’s Metropolitan Diary: “February Thaw at the Flea Market”
• Scoreboard: Orioles roil Yankees, 10-4. Brewers intoxicate Mets, 7-1. New York City F.C. and New England Revolution battle to a 2-2 tie.
• For a global look at what’s happening, see Your Thursday Briefing.
Coming Up Today
• Stay out late: extended hours at the High Line begin today. 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. [Free]
• An all-you-can-eat ice cream fund-raiser for Jimmy’s Fund, which supports cancer patients, at Bryant Park in Midtown. Noon to 9 p.m. [$20]
• An evening of jazz at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, Queens. 6:30 p.m. [Free]
• Kumail Nanjiani performs with other comedians from the upcoming film “The Big Sick,” at the PlayStation Theater in Midtown. 8 p.m. [Tickets start at $45]
• Mets host Brewers, 1:10 p.m. (SNY). Yankees at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (YES).
• For more events, see The New York Times’s Arts & Entertainment guide.
• Alternate-side parking is suspended for Shavuot.
This week’s weather has flip-flopped between soggy and sunny, with similar uncertainty expected for the next few days.
So a bit of advice if you’re planning on hitting the beach this weekend: Check the weather report, pack some sunscreen — and perhaps text the Health Department.
As in other large coastal cities, rain can bring sewage or storm runoff to our beaches, contaminating them with water that may cause vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and infections.
Last year, there were 23 closure days and 18 warning days across our city’s eight public beaches, according to the Health Department.
(We should note that it’s not just sewage causing problems; often, the beaches were closed because of visible debris in the water or tropical storm conditions.)
It’s easy enough to find out whether or not to take a dip. You can get beach conditions and closures by signing up for text message alerts here, calling 311, or texting “BEACH” to 877-877.
The good news for today: All our city’s public beaches have the green light for swimming and wading.
Not so among the city’s 17 private beaches, many run by beach clubs. Currently, 10 have been issued advisories, and swimming and bathing are not recommended at those locations.
You can see the full list here.
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