Hundreds of frum families were stranded for hours on Governors Island after taking a Chol Hamoed trip there, with ferry operators refusing to add ferries to help the situation.
By Anash.org reporter
Hundreds of frum families were stranded for hours on Governors Island after taking a Chol Hamoed trip there.
Governors Island, a 172-acre island in New York Harbor, is a popular Chol Hamoed destination for many families from across New York. With historical buildings, bike riding, picnicking, art installations, and more, it serves as a (seemingly) perfect spot for families to spend their day.
This Chol Hamoed, however, families who traveled to the island were in for an unpleasant surprise. The ferry operators were clearly unprepared for the large crowds, and many hundreds of people were stuck waiting for hours for their turn to travel back to the mainland at the end of their trip.
Stranded families cite “lack of Island management,” and “laziness on the part of the third-party ferry operator” as the reason that more than hundreds of families were stranded for more than three hours—into the evening—waiting for one solitary ferry to arrive, BP24 reported.
According to one individual who was there, the boat only fit 150 people, and the City refused to send more or bigger boats
“My advice is, don’t go to Governors Islands on Chol Hamoed or Erev Yom Tov,” he told Anash.org.