Staten Island's Very Own Purchase the Kennedy Boat

Two members of the Saturday Night Live cast, Pete Davidson and Colin Jost, took part in an auction in which a group of investors bought $280,100 for a disused ferry boat in the hopes of "restoring a piece of New York." Pete and Colin were members of a partnership that won the auction with the winning offer. Davidson and Jost teamed up with Paul Italia, the owner of a comedy club who is best known for his real estate career, in which he has been a top producer for the past seventeen years. Italia was the one who performed all of the group's bidding.

The group of purchasers has been described as a collection of like-minded New York City locals, with Davidson and Jost becoming involved because Staten Island holds a particular place in their hearts. It's too early to say, but they're definitely considering turning the boat into an arts and entertainment facility, albeit it's too early to determine what's viable. With the course of time, we will be able to predict what will occur.

Pete Davidson is most recognized for his role on Saturday Night Live, but he never forgets about his roots in Staten Island when he mocks them on the series. Davidson has also appeared in a number of MTV series, including Wild 'n Out, Guy Code, and Fallosophy. Davidson has a long list of accomplishments, but he didn't always have it easy as an entertainer. As an entertainer, you have the pleasure of shooting shows that have never been released, and he had this experience with a fox show called Sober Companion in 2014. Growing up, Davidson's life was not easy; his father was a firefighter who passed in the horrific tragedies of 9/11. Since he was a kid, he has struggled with addiction and learning to live with a chronic disease. In the film the "King of Staten Island," we see only a little portion of his life, which he co-wrote with Dave Sirus and Judd Apatow, who also directed it. Davidson also starred in the film which was released in 2020 and can be watched on HBO MAX. Bill Burr wore one of our Tom Crimmins Realty polos in the movie like no one else could! The film is a semi-autobiographical comedy/drama about Pete Davidson's upbringing in Staten Island and how, following his losses, he entered the world of comedy. Although the film is not entirely his narrative, Davidson claims that 75 percent of it is based on his own experiences.

Colin Jost, on the other hand, was also born and raised in Staten Island and has an outstanding educational background, including graduating with cum laude from Harvard in 2004. After graduating, he worked for the Staten Island Advance as a reporter and editor, and then was recruited for a Nickelodeon cartoon program called Kappa Mikey. Shortly after Jost was given a writing gig at Saturday Night Live about a year after graduating from Harvard. He was a writing supervisor from 2009 to 2012, a co-head writer from 2012 to 2015, then re-gained that position in late 2017. After being a writer for SNL for quite some time, he was offered the position to become a host on SNL in 2014, replacing Seth Meyers. As of October 23, 2021, Jost was the longest anchor in the segment's history. As you can see, Jost has been a part of SNL for a long time, but he's also made a number of notable film and television roles in between. Appearances range from, WWE Raw, Wrestlemania 35, Impractical Jokers, Weakest Link, and Tom and Jerry's. Aside from starring in some of these roles, he was also a writer for his performances in Worst Man, Staten Island Summer, and the 75th Golden Globe Awards, in addition to performing in some of these parts. Jost wrote a memoir called "A Very Punishable Face" in 2020, he mentioned how he had to take the ferry every day to get to high school in Manhattan.

As you can see, these two Staten Island natives have built quite a reputation for themselves despite being from a borough that isn't looked at quite often. The Kennedy is the boat in which the investors had bid on. The Kennedy was commissioned in 1965 and was the oldest boat in the city's fleet. After almost 56 years of being in commission, in August 2021 the boat was decommissioned. Despite its antiquity, the Kennedy attracted a large number of riders because it had provided room for open-air riding and made it simple for people to board and exit. The top Kennedy offers hovered around $140,000 until Mr. Italia put the winning bid of $280,100.To the blind eye, it may appear that all of the investors are linked because of their money and their comedic backgrounds. However, Italia's expertise in real estate, on the other hand, undoubtedly helped him out when it came to making a bid on the ferry; he recognized what would appeal to others while still being a sound financial investment. Both Jolt and Davidson are looking for a means to bring a bit of home to them in a unique way. Ron Castellano is another investor in the ferry who has been mentioned. He is characterized as an architect, developer, and contractor who might assist in getting this project up and running. At the St. George ferry station on Staten Island's north side, the boat was sold as is. The purchasers are believed to have two weeks to take the 2,100 ton ferry to a secure place where it would be housed until a final decision is reached on what to turn the Kennedy into. Italia stated that towing the Kennedy would require two tugboats and a substantial sum of money; the purchasers will seek assistance from the city and state, and will require a significant amount of assistance to complete the project in bringing a new addition to Staten Island.

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