Its a bird! Its a plane! No, it’s … a gondola crossing the East River?
Dan Levy, president of CityRealty, has boldly proposed a trans-East River high speed gondola route to connect neighborhoods in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. In an attempt to escape the horrors of the ever-crowded L-Train, the East River Skyway would provide an airy, comfortable, and incredibly scenic commute.
If Levy’s idea ever rises off the ground (pun intended), the line would first connect Williamsburg with the Lower East Side’s Delancey Street in an estimated four minutes. Phase Two would extend north from Williamsburg to Greenpoint, Long Island City, and Roosevelt Island in a matter of minutes, while Phase Three would connect Brooklyn Navy Yards and DUMBO with South Street Seaport.
This idea, Levy claims, is “cost-effective and sustainable compared with alternatives,” and able to transport around 5,000 people per hour, with projected costs totaling about $100 million. If implemented, this system would join the ranks of expanding gondola networks around the world, including Portland, Rio de Janeiro, Medellín, Caracas, Singapore, and, of course, Roosevelt Island.