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‘SNL’s’ Colin Jost takes his Staten Island ferry for a joy ride

“Saturday Evening Reside” star Colin Jost opened up Monday about falling in love — with the previous ferry he picked up at public sale with co-star Pete Davidson and their enterprise accomplice.

As his beloved John F. Kennedy vessel — a lately decommissioned Staten Island ferry — set sail for the primary time for the reason that unlikely buy, Jost reminisced about childhood journeys on the boat.

“I took this precise boat each morning at 7 a.m. to enter highschool within the metropolis,” the comic informed The Put up earlier than boarding the ferry on the St. George Ferry Terminal. “Its cool. It’s bizarre to be again.”

Jost, a Staten Island native, purchased the storied boat with Davidson and enterprise accomplice Paul Italia in January for $280,000 — with plans to show it into an leisure area.

On Monday, he took the experience because it was towed to a brief berth at a close-by shipyard, having fun with the contemporary sea air together with his father and 96-year-old grandfather.

“I wished my grandpa to see it. He’s 96 and he’s been on Staten Island for his entire life,” Jost defined.

Colin Jost with the manufacturing crew as the previous Staten Island Ferry John F. Kennedy is towed away from the St. George Terminal Monday, April 11, 2022.
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The John F. Kennedy vessel is a recently decommissioned Staten Island ferry.
The John F. Kennedy vessel is a lately decommissioned Staten Island ferry.
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Jost purchased the boat with Pete Davidson and enterprise accomplice Paul Italia in January for $280,000.
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Jost stated his father, who taught engineering at Staten Island Technical Excessive College for 30 years, additionally had a particular appreciation for the ship’s simplicity.

“That is such a loopy previous mechanical boat. You don’t see something like this anymore,” stated Jost, who’s married to Scarlett Johansson.

“And there’s nothing digital. There’s like no digital elements on it. It’s all bizarre switches and levers and pulleys and issues that I don’t perceive in any respect however I believe my dad perhaps does.”

He fondly recalled using the boat day-after-day as a part of his each day commute to highschool.

“So I had like, my youngsters that I met up with who’re additionally commuting in and we had like our part that we might all the time sit in and stuff,” he stated. “I went to Regis [High School], so Regis had a bit. Xavier had a bit. Children that go to Stuyvesant had a bit, La Guardia. It was sort of this bizarre, nearly like a sort of cafeteria vibe.”

The erstwhile Staten Island ferry took a brief spin across the Statue of Liberty for a photo-op, then was pulled three miles up the Kill van Kull to Caddell Dry Dock and Restore on Richmond County’s north coast.

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Jost has nostalgic reminiscences of the ferry, “I took this precise boat each morning at 7 a.m. to enter highschool within the metropolis,”.
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John F. Kennedy ferry
There are plans to show the ferry into an leisure area.
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“We get all of the enjoyable jobs,” Dorothy Julian, CEO of tug agency Henry Marine Companies, informed The Put up.

Two of her craft — the Pelham and the Robert IV — guided the JFK round Woman Liberty and again. The ferry has been unable to maneuver beneath its personal energy since an engine failure final 12 months hastened its decommissioning. 

Monday marked the primary time the ship has moved for the reason that funnymen saved it in January.

The trio has stated they plan to show the boat into an leisure venue, completely moored someplace within the New York space. 

“Music, comedy, and anything you could possibly consider,” Italia stated Monday of his plans for the ship. “I imply, we actually need it to be a spot which you can carry out for, we hope, over 1,000 individuals.”

The trio has but to safe a everlasting location for the ferry, nevertheless.

In January, Italia informed The Put up he envisioned a Manhattan mooring — although with Staten Island and Lengthy Island making pitches, the bridge-and-tunnel crowd has been jostling to host the boat.

“She’s acquired a protected place to remain afloat whereas they determine what their plans are,” Steve Kalil, head of the Caddell dry dock, stated Monday.

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The trio has but to safe a everlasting location for the ferry.
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Caddell holds the contract to restore the town’s present Staten Island Ferry fleet, and as of Monday night, the JFK was berthed subsequent to the John J. Marchi, an in-service ferry present process repairs.

Kalil stated there weren’t any plans to restore the JFK in the intervening time.  

“As you could possibly see, the boat’s in nice form. And it doesn’t want repairs to drift,” Italia stated Monday. “And that’s all we wish it to do is float. So there’s not likely any mechanical repairs that we foresee.” 

The protected berth may assist the JFK keep away from the identical destiny that befell the Mary Murray, a Staten Island Ferry bought in 1975 by a New Jersey boat fanatic who dreamed of turning it right into a floating restaurant.

The Mary Murray rusted away unused on the Raritan River for 30 years earlier than being damaged down and offered for scrap.

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