“Saturday Night Live” star Colin Jost opened up Monday about falling in love — with the outdated ferry he picked up at public sale with co-star Pete Davidson and their enterprise accomplice.
As his beloved John F. Kennedy vessel — a just lately decommissioned Staten Island ferry — set sail for the primary time for the reason that unlikely buy, Jost reminisced about childhood journeys on the boat.
“I took this exact boat every morning at 7 a.m. to go into high school in the city,” the comic advised The Post earlier than boarding the ferry on the St. George Ferry Terminal. “Its cool. It’s weird to be back.”
Jost, a Staten Island native, purchased the storied boat with Davidson and enterprise accomplice Paul Italia in January for $280,000 — with plans to show it into an leisure area.
On Monday, he took the journey because it was towed to a brief berth at a close-by shipyard, having fun with the contemporary sea air along with his father and 96-year-old grandfather.
“I wanted my grandpa to see it. He’s 96 and he’s been on Staten Island for his whole life,” Jost defined.
Jost mentioned his father, who taught engineering at Staten Island Technical High School for 30 years, additionally had a particular appreciation for the ship’s simplicity.
“This is such a crazy old mechanical boat. You don’t see anything like this anymore,” mentioned Jost, who’s married to Scarlett Johansson.
“And there’s nothing digital. There’s like no digital components on it. It’s all weird switches and levers and pulleys and things that I don’t understand at all but I think my dad maybe does.”
He fondly recalled driving the boat day-after-day as a part of his each day commute to highschool.
“So I had like, my kids that I met up with who are also commuting in and we had like our section that we would always sit in and stuff,” he mentioned. “I went to Regis [High School], so Regis had a section. Xavier had a section. Kids that go to Stuyvesant had a section, La Guardia. It was kind of this weird, almost like a kind of cafeteria vibe.”
The erstwhile Staten Island ferry took a brief spin across the Statue of Liberty for a photo-op, then was pulled three miles up the Kill van Kull to Caddell Dry Dock and Repair on Richmond County’s north coast.
“We get all the fun jobs,” Dorothy Julian, CEO of tug agency Henry Marine Services, advised The Post.
Two of her craft — the Pelham and the Robert IV — guided the JFK round Lady Liberty and again. The ferry has been unable to maneuver underneath its personal energy since an engine failure final yr hastened its decommissioning.
Monday marked the primary time the ship has moved for the reason that funnymen saved it in January.
The trio has mentioned they plan to show the boat into an leisure venue, completely moored someplace within the New York space.
“Music, comedy, and anything else you could think of,” Italia mentioned Monday of his plans for the ship. “I mean, we really want it to be a place that you can perform for, we hope, over 1,000 people.”
The trio has but to safe a everlasting location for the ferry, nonetheless.
In January, Italia advised The Post he envisioned a Manhattan mooring — although with Staten Island and Long Island making pitches, the bridge-and-tunnel crowd has been jostling to host the boat.
“She’s got a safe place to stay afloat while they decide what their plans are,” Steve Kalil, head of the Caddell dry dock, mentioned Monday.
Caddell holds the contract to restore town’s present Staten Island Ferry fleet, and as of Monday night, the JFK was berthed subsequent to the John J. Marchi, an in-service ferry present process repairs.
Kalil mentioned there weren’t any plans to restore the JFK in the mean time.
“As you could see, the boat’s in great shape. And it doesn’t need repairs to float,” Italia mentioned Monday. “And that’s all we want it to do is float. So there’s not really any mechanical repairs that we foresee.”
The secure berth would possibly assist the JFK keep away from the identical destiny that befell the Mary Murray, a Staten Island Ferry bought in 1975 by a New Jersey boat fanatic who dreamed of turning it right into a floating restaurant.
The Mary Murray rusted away unused on the Raritan River for 30 years earlier than being damaged down and offered for scrap.