Tired of Dry Land? Sleep In A 105-Year-Old Ex-Ellis Island Ferry On the Hudson
One of the oldest registered ferryboats in the US is starting a new chapter in its 105-year history on the water. Having ferried countless New Yorkers in the early 1900s over to places like Boston, Maine, Governor's Island, and Ellis Island, the boat has now settled into its new role as an artsy, refurbished five-bedroom boutique hotel on the Hudson.
The NY Daily News reports that the ship's new owners, Victoria and Richard MacKenzie-Childs, have added 16 bunks, an on-deck chicken coop, a dining room table, an Apple computer, and plenty of colorful art. Because sleeping on a regular old chicken-less boat with only the portholes to look at can just get so boring.
The boat was constructed in 1907 in a Philadelphia shipyard, and subsequently was requisitioned by the US Navy during WWI. But though it's had a relatively action-packed history, it certainly has never looked as lively (or as party-ready) as it does now.
The floating hotel is bookable via AirBnB, where rooms are available under categories like "Master Stateroom" and "Cabin Boy Quarters." Rates begin at $127/night. So far, it seems the hotel's main selling points are its funky design, amazing waterfront views of NYC, and the fact that it's included in the National Registry of Historic Places.
[Photo: Navid Baraty / NY Daily News]