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The Times' N.R. Kleinfeld is excited about the new Staten Island Ferry and, quite frankly, Gothamist thinks everyone should be as well: It's so cool. It will carry 4400 passengers and it's the first ferry the Department of Transportation has bought since 1986 and the first of its size since 1965. Iris Weinshall, DOT commissioner, tells Kleinfeld, "For us, this is very exciting. Ferries are very expensive. You don't buy one every year." The Guy V. Molinari Ferry (yes, named after beloved the Staten Island congressman) cost $40 million, and will be christened in Wisconsin (where it is being built) tomorrow. Per Kleinfeld's suggestion, Gothamist has check out flights to Wisconsin to see the ferry, as the ferry won't be coming to NY until September 2004.

The Staten Island Ferry site.

A great Staten Island Ferry fan page.