The Adams administration is giving “Saturday Night Live” funnymen Pete Davidson and Colin Jost extra time to find a docking spot for the retired Staten Island Ferry they want to turn into a comedy club, The Post has learned.
The massive John F. Kennedy — which the Staten Island born-and-bred stars purchased at auction on Jan. 19 for $280,100 — was still berthed Saturday on city property near the St. George ferry terminal — well past the 10 business days they were required to move it by.
However, comedy club owner Paul Italia, who is partnering with the SNL stars to remake the ferry as New York’s hottest comedy club, told The Post that City Hall is giving them an extension.
“They’re working with us,” he said Saturday. “They know it’s not an easy task, and they are being very helpful.”
The group wants to hire two tugboats and tow the ferry to a yet-to-be determined pier in Brooklyn or Staten Island, where it will sit throughout the renovations until a permanent home is found.
Pete Davidson and Colin Jost purchased the retired ferry boat for $280,100.Steve White
Italia said his group is negotiating with owners of several potential sites interested in having the 277-foot long, 2,109-ton vessel.
Industry insiders have said the group should expect to pay roughly $100,000 to $150,000 a year to park the boat in the city.
A City Hall source confirmed the city is providing the group extra time and help find a spot to dock. The boat was initially supposed to be moved by Feb. 2. The group and the city then settled in on a Feb. 4 pickup date, but now both sides said they hope to resolve the issue within the next week.
Actor Colin Jost and Pete Davidson plan on settling the retired ferry boat in Brooklyn or Staten Island to begin repairs.Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Hilarity for Charity
“Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson hopes to remodel the old John F. Kennedy ferry into the Big Apple’s biggest night club.Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
Although city rules call for items purchased at city auctions to be picked up within 10 business days, the city doesn’t typically penalize buyers for being late.
Italia last week told The Post his team wants to partner with Mayor Eric Adams and help revive an underused city-owned pier and its surrounding neighborhood, adding they’ve reached out to the New York City Economic Development Corporation to gauge interest.
Adams previously told Davidson and Jost on Twitter he “loved” their plans, adding “let us know how we can help and we’ll be there for the maiden voyage.”
Mayor Eric Adams said he’s more than happy to help out Pete Davidson and Colin Jost with their “maiden voyage.”Steve White
Beyond navigating waves of bureaucracy to secure permits, licenses and other approvals at various city and state agencies, the star-studded group should expect to shell out tens of millions of dollars to design and rebuild the ferry’s interior into an entertainment venue; and install a sprinkler system, emergency exits and other additions to meet fire and safety codes, according to planners polled.