They’re on a boat.
“Saturday Night Live” regulars Colin Jost and Pete Davidson — arguably the two most-famous Staten Island-bred comedians ever — have procured a decommissioned ferry boat that for decades floated them to and from Manhattan.
The much more than fifty percent-century-aged John F. Kennedy, which plied the waters in between South Ferry and St. George since 1965, was procured by the duo — along with comedy club owner Paul Italia — for all over $280,000 at auction before this 7 days. Their strategy: convert the floating genuine estate into a yuks manufacturing facility and eatery.
“In a 12 months, it’ll be a comedy club cafe,” Davidson told the New York Article in advance of telling a passerby “Right now, we’re heading to dock it in, I consider, Gowanus, and do a bunch of do the job on it.”
And in accordance to the town, it wants some correcting if the boys intend to choose it for a spin close to the kidney-formed Rock — its condition was stated as “poor” due to the state of “mechanical concerns … on the propulsion end.” Luckily, its hull is in superior issue, the Submit noted.
The newspaper caught Davidson, a Staten Island resident who lives a stone’s throw from wherever the ferry docks, admiring his new buy from a pier exterior his dwelling.
“It’s outrageous,” Davidson reported. “We used to take that ferry to do stand-up, all the time.”
Jost, in the meantime, took a bus, the ferry and the subway to and from Regis Significant University on the Higher East Aspect of Manhattan every single working day as a teenager — an hour-and-a-fifty percent commute documented in his ideal-promoting memoir “A Pretty Punchable Confront.”
“If it sounds glamorous to arrive to arrive in Manhattan each individual early morning by means of ship, allow me assure you it was not,” he wrote. “Even my immigrant ancestors arriving at Ellis Island would have viewed me on the ferry and thought, ‘There has to be a greater way.’”
But that didn’t prevent them from producing the buy — nor did the heritage of other Staten Island Ferries that were being bought for something other than scrap.
The ferry boat Mary Murray could be seen for yrs by drivers on the New Jersey Turnpike rotting in the waters of the Raritan River, where it sat given that 1976 as it is operator hoped to turn it into a cafe. It finished up becoming scrapped in 2008.
And the Herbery H. Lehman, one of two JFK sister ships, ended up getting scrapped following acquiring towed to a dock in close proximity to Newburgh, New York, wherever it sprung a leak, shown, and experienced to be dismantled.
Very well, as they say, the two happiest days in a boat owner’s daily life are the working day they order the boat — and the day they market it.
[New York Post] — Vince DiMiceli