Brooklyn no moor! Plan to bring S.S. United States to Red Hook scuttled

Tanked: John Quadrozzi Jr.'s epic restoration plan for the S.S. United States is no more.
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This plan is sunk!

A Red Hook dock owner’s dream of bringing historic ocean liner the S.S. United States to Brooklyn’s waterfront is dead in the water, after the boat’s skippers announced on Thursday that they have struck a deal with someone else.

But the businessman says he is not salty about the snub — he is just happy to see the boat spared from the scrap heap.

“I would prefer it to be here more than anywhere but it has to be saved and that’s the first priority,” said John Quadrozzi Jr., who had hoped to bring the boat to his Gowanus Bay Terminal at the end of Columbia Street, and turn it into an office and entertainment complex.

The S.S. United States Conservancy — which has been paying to keep the decaying 63-year-old ship in a Philadelphia dock since 1999 — says it will unveil the new berth on Feb. 4. Quadrozzi said he doesn’t know where that will be yet, but confirmed it won’t be in his port.

The location of the press conference may offer some clues, however — it will be in Manhattan, where a mystery real-estate mogul was previously rumored to be vying for the contract.

The conservancy has been looking for a benefactor to bankroll a new home and look for the larger-than-Titanic liner — which once ferried icons including President John F. Kennedy, animator Walt Disney, and newspaper editor Roz Liston across the Atlantic — since October.

Quadrozzi offered to house the boat free at his waterfront empire, where he hoped to retrofit the craft with start-up offices, a gym and swimming pool, eateries, a school, and a maritime museum — a plan that proved popular with locals but struggled to find financial backers.

Still, he says, if the conservancy’s new plans don’t pan out, his offer remains on the table.

“In the event that plans fall through we are hopeful we could put this option together,” he said. “Certainly there has been a lot of interest and support in bringing the ship to Brooklyn.”

The SS United States Conservancy did not return requests for comment by press time.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Louis from South Brooklyn says:
Kudos to Mr Quadrozzi for trying to save the ship. Too bad it's not coming to Red Hook, I was really looking forward to seeing her docked there.
Jan. 28, 2016, 8:58 pm
Sad from Brooklyn says:
What a loss, so close yet so far. This would have been amazing. Hopefully Brooklyn gets another shot and can tie her up for good. Let's keep our fingers crossed.
Jan. 28, 2016, 9:28 pm
Amy from Boerum Hill says:
Hey don't fret, if they don't want Brooklyn, it's their loss.
Jan. 28, 2016, 11:36 pm
jjm from c. hill says:
I say GOOD! Stop trying to turn brooklyn into a tourist trap. Thats why the damn rent is so high now.
Jan. 29, 2016, 2:58 am
GBX from South Red Hook says:
The terminals plans for a public component "On the edge of industry" preceded the SSUS and will continue.

The intention was never to create "an entertainment complex" but rather to have entertainment as a complimentary component.

GBX, an active industrial maritime facility, seeks to pursue opportunities that benefit the surrounding communities with maritime history, education and entrepreneurship in the effort to bring about awareness of the working Brooklyn waterfront.

Those interested in supporting these efforts are encouraged to contact us at
Jan. 29, 2016, 10:23 am
Sam from Cobble Hill says:
That's too bad! Maritime education to get more people working on the Brooklyn waterfront. That's what Red Hook needs!
Jan. 29, 2016, 11:30 am
jjm from c. hill says:
@sam, sure everyone would like to work but who exactly would get those jobs if the ship was to come to red hook? Most definitely not those living the nearby projects!!
Jan. 29, 2016, 1:18 pm
Red Hook Houses from Red Hook says:
Guess again jjm from the hill.

Of those in the know, the terminal owner is targeting NYCHA residents. He's been an active supporter for over a decade and NYCHA is one of his priorities!
Jan. 29, 2016, 9:02 pm
jjm from c. hill says:
Well if the goal is help people in the pj's with jobs then thats always a good thing. But sometimes you cant be too sure.
Jan. 29, 2016, 9:18 pm
jjm from c. hill says:
Im just going by what i've seen. All of the new businesses in clinton hill & ft grene havent really done anything to improve those in the surrounding pj's other then make more targets for robberies lol.
Jan. 29, 2016, 9:23 pm
TOM from Brooklyn says:
Did anyone seriously believe this non-story?
Jan. 30, 2016, 9:57 pm
Richard from New Hampshire says:
If anyone sees this. Old new new hope. I had my doubts about Crystal Cruses being able to bring her back. But they gave it a good try. The Conservancy should never have given then exclusive rights until it was a done deal. Red Hook deserve a second chance. So much money wasted in docking feas. Get it the hell out of there. Bring it to Red Hook. Then they have time and money on there side. Instead of the other way around.
Nov. 25, 2016, 1:52 pm

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