Decommissioned John F. Kennedy Ferry Gets New Lease on Life and More Stories On Staten Island

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — On this episode of the OnSI podcast… It’s no joke, the decommissioned Staten Island Ferry boat John F. Kennedy is getting a new lease on life courtesy of two Island born-and-bred stars who saved it from the scrap heap. What Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost and Pete Davidson have up their sleeves for the aging and obsolete vessel.

Also this month, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to weigh down the restaurant industry. How a Staten Island staple is managing to stay afloat.

Plus, this episode’s “Local Hero of the Month” is the founder of an Island-based support network that for more than twenty years has answered the question, “where to turn?”

Photo by OnSI’s Alex Roldán

OnSI is made possible with funding from Tom and Suzanne Crimmins, owners of Tom Crimmins Realty, the Staten Island-based real estate firm that has made a name for itself for more than a decade as a local, independent, family-run business that knows the neighborhoods it serves.

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OnSI is an independently-owned podcast and digital publisher for Staten Island, New York, with a focus on sharing stories from the community. We are nonpartisan, nonjudgmental, and eternally optimistic about the future of New York City’s oft-forgotten corner.

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