Big boat energy: Pete Davison and Colin Jost buy old Staten Island Ferry


They’re on a boat: Saturday Night Live stars Pete Davidson and Colin Jost have just bought a decommissioned Staten Island ferry.

The $280,000 purchase, in partnership with Manhattan real estate broker and comedy club owner Paul Italia, was made at a recent auction, according to the New York Post.

The plan is apparently to turn the vessel into “a live entertainment event space, with comedy, music, art, et cetera,” according to what Italia told the outlet this past Thursday.

“We’re in the early stages, but everybody involved had the same ambition — not to see this thing go to the scrapyard,” Italia said.

The ship was originally a ferry, the John F. Kennedy, for the native borough of both Jost and Davidson.

New York Mayor Eric Adams even chimed in with support for the plan on Friday morning, tweeting, “Let us know how we can help and we’ll be there for the maiden voyage.”

The defunct vessel, which was decommissioned due to mechanical issues, must be moved by auction winner Italia within 10 days in order to remove it from the St. George Ferry Terminal, per The New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services, the report said.

Italia said he’s currently arranging plans for a tug boat to tow it to a local shipyard, where it will stage until a permanent location can be arranged.

The JFK was the oldest ferry in the fleet when it retired in August of last year, having been originally built in 1965.

It remains to be scene if the new entertainment venue will serve as a destination for Davidson to hang out with his rumored romantic interest Kim Kardashian, though.

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Danny Peterson

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Danny Peterson covers entertainment news for WGTC and has previously enjoyed writing about housing, homelessness, the coronavirus pandemic, historic 2020 Oregon wildfires, and racial justice protests. Originally from Juneau, Alaska, Danny received his Bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Alaska Southeast and a Master's in Multimedia Journalism from the University of Oregon. He has written for The Portland Observer, worked as a digital enterprise reporter at KOIN 6 News, and is the co-producer of the award-winning documentary 'Escape from Eagle Creek.'