Open to second graders attending City public schools near NYC Ferry’s existing or soon-to-be-completed landings, the contest provided City students with the opportunity to come up with names for a brand-new fleet of vessels that will operate NYC Ferry routes in the coming months.
This year, ten names were selected from among all the entries submitted by second grade classes across the City:
- The Golden Narrows (P.S. 102 in Brooklyn)
- The Jewel of the Harbor (P.S. 170 in Brooklyn)
- The Ocean Queen Rockstar (P.S. 197 in Queens)
- The Atlantic Compass (P.S. 270 in Brooklyn)
- Traversity (P.S. 29 in Brooklyn)
- Seas the Day (P.S. 102 in Brooklyn)
- Rainbow Cruise (P.S. 330 in Queens)
- Starlight (P.S. 112 in Queens)
- Spring Mallard (P.S. 148 in Queens)
- Unity (P.S. 112 in Queens)
“Kids say the coolest things, and for the second year in a row, New York City school children did not disappoint,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. These are inspired nautical names, ones our new ferry boats will proudly carry.”
“The kids who came up with the name, “Ocean Queen Rockstar,” are why I love this town so much,” said Alicia Glen, NYC’s Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development. Every one of these NYC Ferry boat names have swagger and panache – and these students and their schools should be incredibly proud.”
In celebration of this year’s successful competition, NYCEDC and NYC Ferry invited all ten winning classes for cruises up and down the East River. The students, many of whom had never ridden on a boat before, found their sea legs and took in great vistas of the Statue of Liberty, lower Manhattan, Coney Island, and Rockaway Beach. They also learned a bit about the fast-growing NYC Ferry system, which has served over 3.7 million riders to date since its launch in May 2017.
At the end of their celebratory rides, students were given nifty NYC Ferry-branded “swag bags” that included NYC Ferry-themed coloring books, temporary tattoos, stickers, bookmarks, and crayons. In addition to the swag bags, each student was also given something far greater: the pride in knowing that the vessels they helped name will be floating around City waterways for years to come.
On behalf of the DOE, we thank NYCEDC and NYC Ferry for helping us to provide City students with these valuable maritime experiences. To learn more about NYC Ferry, including routes, schedules, and landing locations, check out their website, download their app, and follow them on Twitter.
Congratulations to all of our winning classes! We cannot wait to take a ride on the vessels you named!