It was a peek into what's to come for Garvies Point when a sleek charter ferry pulled alongside the newly built ferry terminal Thursday to pick up a group of businessmen.
The early morning pickup was the inaugural trip in newly-offered charter service from Glen Cove by New Jersey-based Seastreak ferry services.
"Having a company like Seastreak offering a chartered service from Glen Cove's waterfront is a testament to the decade long revitalization efforts that have taken place along beautiful Hempstead Harbor,” Mayor Ralph Suozzi said. “By welcoming NY Waterways this summer and now Seastreak, we are able to show off our magnificent new maritime facilities to two of the region’s leading ferry companies.”
"Introducing Seastreak’s chartered services to the City of Glen Cove is another way that we are inviting residents and the surrounding communities back to the waterfront to enjoy all that it has to offer. Our team, the city and the city’s partners at the county, state and federal level are proud to restore access to this rare stretch of coastline," said Scott Rechler, chairman and CEO of RXR Realty, the developer of the 52-acre Garvies Point site.
"We are delighted to be here," said Seastreak President James Barker. "We welcome the opportunity to show the community that our season is still under way through the fall and to show off one of our beautiful vessels. Our connection with RXR as well as the City of Glen Cove is very meaningful to Seastreak, and we take pride in the world-class service we provide."
Seastreak vessels are available for private charter for corporate meetings, holiday parties and other special occasions. Options include traveling through Lower Manhattan Harbor to such sites as the Statue of Liberty, Governors Island, the tall ships of the South Street Seaport or the beautiful sights of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket as well as various destinations such as Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos, Nantucket Island, Block Island, Atlantic City and either of New York ‘s baseball stadiums.
For more information regarding chartering an excursion, call Jessica Nolen at 732-872-2628 ext. 1604 and visit www.seastreak.com.
Phase 2 of the ferry terminal project includes a 2,700 SF ferry terminal building (with future capacity to expand to 7,500 SF) built with green technologies. Construction is expected to begin in the fall. Completion is expected to take 12-18 months.