Will it be a comedy sensation – or a comedy of errors?
Saturday Night Live regulars Colin Jost and Pete Davidson are now looking to the city for help converting the old Staten Island ferry they bought on a whim into a floating comedy club , reported the New York Post.
Paul Italia, a comedy club owner who partnered with the two Staten Island-born comics in purchasing the ferry, told the newspaper that the trio contacted the city’s Economic Development Corporation for help. help find and revive a local pier where the big orange boat can possibly dock and open up to customers.
“The dream would be to work with the city to bring back one of those piers and help a community,” Italia, who Davidson says is a real person and not a “mafia-themed wrestler,” told the newspaper.
Finding a waterfront home for the John F. Kennedy, a nearly 60-year-old boat that the trio paid $280,000 for earlier this month, will be one of the many challenges they will face if their dream must come true, like most docks along the city’s shores, permanent ‘No parking without a permit’ signs are posted.
Italia told the newspaper there could be a landing spot on the Manhattan side of the East River, which is already home to floating venues such as the Water Club. Its sister floating restaurant, The River Cafe, is on the Brooklyn side, as is the chic Pilot bar, near Brooklyn Bridge Park.
EDC already leases the space for The Water Club, and a similar deal is expected to be in place. Mayor Eric Adams applauded the ferry purchase shortly after it was announced, tweeting that he liked their plans and offered to help get the job done.
A spokesperson for Adams told the publication he believes the city needs to find “creative and effective ways to revitalize our communities and grow our city’s economy,” and the newspaper reported that a brief discussion on the collaboration with the actors had already taken place.
But it will take more than creative and effective ideas to get the job done – it will also take time and a lot of money.
Putting the new plan in place will require a slew of permits, licensees and other city and state approvals, as well as millions of dollars to upgrade the boat to make it fit for customers. , including the installation of emergency exits and a sprinkler system. to meet fire codes, according to the report.
[New York Post] — Vince DiMiceli