The Hudson river hadn’t seen sail-freight food delivery for nearly half a century until Oct. 24, when Vermont farmer Erik Andrus sailed a homemade barge into the Brooklyn Navy Yard with a crew of volunteers.
Mr. Andrus’ creation — a 40-foot sail barge carrying nine tons of grains, cider and root vegetables — is the latest installment in a burgeoning local food movement. Along with a crew of volunteers, he built the barge, named Ceres for the Roman goddess of grain, as a business model for carbon-neutral food transportation.
Repairs to the Montague Street tunnel, badly damaged by Superstorm Sandy, won’t be finished until next October, meaning another year of headaches for R train riders who need to travel between Brooklyn and Manhattan. But at least New Yorkers won’t be footing the full bill for the project: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) joined U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to announce that the feds will pick up most of expected $260 million tab.
Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will be giving riders on the R and A lines in Brooklyn free service on Oct. 29 to mark the one-year anniversary of Sandy.