Commuters taking the Staten Island Ferry; Photo - GettyThe Coast Guard considers the Staten Island Ferry a prime target for terrorist attacks. Why? The Staten Island Ferry confines "several thousand people in one space far from land and have little or no passenger screening." Coast Guard risk engineer Joe Myers says, "It was a bit of an eye-opener." Only a "ship carrying hazardous cargo near an urban area" was ranked similarly in terms of threat, according to the Coast Guard's risk assessment of 80 scenarios.

The Newsday article also covers the changes in maritime safety since September 11, but Gothamist is generally distracted by sentences like "Experts say a ferry attack could be modeled after the numerous suicide bombings by Palestinians on Israeli buses, which have been particularly lethal in the winter and summer when windows are closed, creating more explosive pressure."