Demolition of Historic Ferry-Turned-Eatery in New Jersey to Begin Next Month

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The demolition of a historic ferry that shuttled passengers from Hoboken to New York City for more than 60 years before enjoying its second act as a popular restaurant will begin next month.

The New York Times reports the removal of the Binghamton is expected to take three months and cost approximately $500,000.

Officials say the 230-foot vessel has been damaged beyond repair. It remains the last double-ended steam ferry on the Hudson River.

The Binghamton operated as a ferry to lower Manhattan from 1905 until its retirement in 1967.

Former New Jersey Assembly Speaker Nelson Gross purchased the ferry in the early 1970s and transformed it into a floating riverboat-style restaurant complete with Victorian décor.

Binghamton's operated in Edgewater for more than four decades before closing in 2007. [[401737525, C]]

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