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Thirsty Long Island City-ites will soon be getting a new watering hole – on a boat. The floating bar will reside upon an old ferry in the area’s Anable Basin, and will boast a lively new beer garden for the nabe. The project’s initiator, Matt Quigley, began the new waterfront venue as a way to enliven and further revitalize Hunters Point.
Matt Quigley is the owner of Long Island City company Plaxall and attributes the project’s inspiration to the late John Krevey, who owned The Frying Pan, which is also a vessel-turned-bar and restaurant.
Quigley bought the vessel which he plans to turn into the new floating beer garden, the Prudence Ferry, for $70,000. Before occupying its current spot at Anable Basin, near the Anable Basin Bar and Grill, it transported people and cars in the Rhode Island Area. Prudence is about 100 feet long and 30 feet wide, so it could, presumably, cross the narrow waterway. Before the much-awaited beer garden can open for business though, the ferry, as well as the pillings along the basin’s banks, require some renovations. Luckily, Quigley expects these items to be finished by next year.
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