Pete Davidson and Colin Jost buy a ferry to Staten Island

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Before they were famous, Staten Island natives Pete Davidson and Colin Jost grew up on the Staten Island Ferry.

Now they have one.

“Saturday Night Live” cast members along with comedy club owner Paul Italia won the bid for a disused Staten Island ferry at a city auction that ended Wednesday, Mr. Italia said. A spokeswoman for NBCUniversal confirmed Mr. Jost and Mr. Davidson’s involvement in the project. The group plans to turn the ship into a floating entertainment venue.

Pete Davidson and Colin Jost are among the group that bought a disused Staten Island ferry for $280,100.


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Representatives for Mr. Jost and Mr. Davidson did not return requests for comment.

“The idea is to transform the space into a live entertainment event space with comedy, music, art, food,” Mr. Italia said.

The team purchased the ferry, known as the John F. Kennedy, for $280,100, according to city records. The purchase was made in Mr. Italia’s name and Mr. Jost and Mr. Davidson are investors in the project, Mr. Italia said. The ship’s hull, built in 1965, is in good condition but has mechanical problems and will need repairs to get it working again, according to city records.

New York tourists may know the Staten Island Ferry best as a free boat ride that offers views of lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. But it’s also an important mass transportation option for Staten Island residents commuting to Manhattan and typically carries about 75,000 passengers each weekday, according to the city.

Both Mr. Davidson and Mr. Jost included Staten Island, New York’s least populated borough and known somewhat as the punching bag of the city, in their material.

Mr. Jost wrote and appeared in the 2015 film “Staten Island Summer”, which is based on his experience as a lifeguard. And Mr Davidson starred in the 2020 film ‘The King of Staten Island’, based on his youth.

The ferry purchase was reported earlier by Vulture.

On Friday, New York Mayor Eric Adams tweeted his approval of the actors’ plans for the Kennedy.

“I love this idea,” Mr. Adams said. “What a great way to give a New York icon a second life. Let us know how we can help and we’ll be there for the maiden voyage.

Write to Joseph De Avila at joseph.deavila@wsj.com

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