The Staten Island Ferry boasts one of our absolute favorite views of NYC ever (and completely for free!) and if, like us, you think taking in those stunning views with a cocktail in hand is even better then we’ve got news for you!
NYC officials announced today, January 30th, that refreshments are returning to the Staten Island Ferry for the first time since before the COVID-19 pandemic. The NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) and Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is now seeking vendors.
Vendors will be chosen based on the following:
- Experience in the field
- Financial capacity
- Types of products they plan to offer
And while the vendor won’t be required to sell alcohol, the city hopes that, if they do decide to, they’ll source it from Manhattan or Staten Island-based craft breweries.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams stated:
We’ve invested and secured tens of millions of dollars to improve our ferry system, because we know how vital it is to keep working-class New Yorkers moving. We’re going to keep delivering by finding the best company to provide concessions on the Staten Island Ferry. More and more New Yorkers are riding our ferries for work and for fun, and they deserve to kick back, have a snack, and enjoy the journey without a second thought.
The request for proposals for vendors will be open until March 7, with concessions expected to be in place by fall of this year (2024). The chosen vendor will sign for ten years with the option to extend the lease for two additional five-year periods.
“Since the pandemic is over, we’ve slowly seen more riders returning to the Staten Island Ferry,” said Congressmember Nicole Malliotakis. “The return of concessions will only bolster ridership and create a more enjoyable experience for our borough’s commuters and visitors alike.”
Interested vendors can apply online here.