I’m interrupting our Hawaiian trip to bring you some exciting news. Or at least, exciting news if you live in or are visiting New York City.
The old-new South Ferry station is fiiiiiiiinally reopened!! Tourists came and went with their only concerns being if they were getting on the correct train and which stop they needed to get to where they were going. Meanwhile–in something resembling first time tourists in Times Square–residents looked a little shell-shocked and in awe of the spacious and updated station.
Why all the fuss? When I moved to New York City (in 2007) if you wanted to get to South Ferry on the 1 Train, you had to be in the first five cars of the subway train. Then in 2009, the MTA opened a shiny new South Ferry station–one where you didn’t have to be in the first five cars and was well lit and had escalators (for those times when you just couldn’t walk up one more fucking step no matter how close you were to your FitBit goal).
Then in late-October 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit. Water filled the new South Ferry station to the point where it was coming out of every entrance. According to the MTA “almost 15 million gallons of salt water flooded it during Superstorm Sandy.”
It took several months of walking from South Ferry around Battery Park and up to the next subway station before the MTA opened the old South Ferry station and once again, anyone wanting to get out at the South Ferry station needed to be in the first five subway cars.
It took nearly five years, but today the old-new South Ferry station was reopened. This morning we were all in awe and this evening it was so nice to just get on the train without the hustle and stress of making sure you are in the first five cars–because now we can luxuriously use all ten of them!