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Old Posted Apr 18, 2007, 11:40 AM
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GUNG-HO ON GOVS I. GONDOLA

By RICH CALDER
April 18, 2007

A pitch to build a $125 million overhead gondola system connecting Governors Island to Manhattan and Brooklyn is no pie-in-the-sky dream, officials said yesterday.

Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff said the city's Economic Development Corp. is still keeping the idea
of a futuristic-looking span designed by renowned architect Santiago Calatrava on the table.

"So far, there are some challenges, but no show stoppers," Doctoroff said during a meeting of the city-state Governors Island Education and Preservation Corp., which he chairs.

The gondola proposal, first reported by The Post in January 2006, would connect the historic island to Pier 6 off Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn and the Battery Marine Terminal in lower Manhattan.

Currently, the only way to Governors Island is by ferry, but a floating barge on the island's north end is being built that will allow private water taxis to dock there by this summer.


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