CityRealty CEO Daniel Levy has a unique and aesthetically pleasing idea to ease the congestion on New York subways: aerial gondolas. The project has been proposed as the East River Skyway, and was greeted with excitement as well as skepticism, since it wasn’t quite clear how it was going to be paid for to the tune of $75 million to $125 million per phase.
The first phase would run from the Brooklyn Naval Yard to Williamsburg, then from Williamsburg to the Lower East Side, and on and on, covering Greenpoint, Queens, Long Island City and Roosevelt Island.
“This would offer an incredible commute, ” said Levy. “You would get the best view you can imagine and a comfortable environment while avoiding the mayhem of the L train in the morning.”
MTA officials responded that they could revive old L train routes and improve existing ones. Proponents of the East River Skyway said the gondolas would be faster and a more appealing experience. Levy pointed to Santiago, Chile and Rio De Janeiro, both cities that have gondolas for transportation and noted they are cheaper to build than many other forms of transportation.