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Old 10-11-2015, 01:02 AM
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Default Which seats would you rather see on the Staten Island Ferry?

I tried out the sample seats available at the Whitehall Terminal in Manhattan the week before last. Here are my thoughts: the orange ones were OK, but slippery, having a slick finish; the kind in the middle, similar in appearance to those on newer ferries, such as the American Spirit, actually pinched; while the last one, a low-rent formica version of the solid wooden benches on the Kennedy, looked and felt the best to me. Others who were trying out the seats while I was there seemed to agree.
from Which seats would you rather see on the Staten Island Ferry?
By John M. Annese
on September 28, 2015 at 12:01 AM, updated September 28, 2015 at 12:05 AMSTATEN ISLAND, N.Y. You'll want to sit down for this.
The city's Department of Transportation is asking commuters what kind of seating they'd prefer on the newest class of Staten Island Ferry boats.
The DOT has launched an online survey asking people to pick from three different seat designs, and explain their preferences.
Commuters can also try all three seating styles first-hand.
Sample seats have been installed on the second floor of the Whitehall Ferry Terminal in Manhattan, and DOT staffers plan to be there in person on Monday and throughout the week to conduct surveys, according to DOT officials.
The online survey can be found here.
"There is a lot of excitement about the new ferry class joining the Staten Island Ferry in the future, so we are raising the curtain a bit this week to demonstrate what seating could look like on the vessels," said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg in a prepared statement. "I encourage riders to share their thoughts with us in person or via our online survey."
The Staten Island Ferry Riders Committee -- which was created in 1995 and most recently helped lead the push for a 24-hour ferry schedule -- zeroed in on seat design in a recent wish list for the new ferry class.
"The angle of the seats in the Kennedy class was universally preferred to that in the Molinari class," read a recent committee report. "The latter seats cause slumping and sliding."
The committee also called for nicer bathrooms, larger and more accessible bike storage space and better snack bars.
The survey comes as the Seattle-based Elliott Bay Design Groups works out the design of the DOT's new "4500 Class" ferries, which are expected to drop anchor in 2019.
The design firm has already announced that it plans to model the new boats after the commuter-favorite Kennedy Class, by including outdoor promenades and spacious foredecks.
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