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Staten Island ferry owned by SNL stars Pete Davidson and Colin Jost set to be converted into hotel

April 5, 2024

Saturday Night Live stars Pete Davidson and Colin Jost‘s Staten Island ferry is in for some big changes: One of the comedians’ partners on the project, architect Ron Castellano, has revealed in an interview that the ferry—which was purchased for $280,000 in 2022 by the two Weekend Update anchorswill be converted into a floating hotel with 24 rooms, two restaurants, and six bars, reports Fox Business.

“It’s going to have a lot of things,” Castellano says of the $34 million venue project.

“I think right now, we have six bars and two venues operated separately or combined,” he continues. “We have outdoor event space, we have restaurants—two restaurants. It’s a big boat, almost 300 feet long, 65,000 square feet. That’s one and a half times the size of Nine Orchard Hotel.”

The architect says that Davidson and Jost have been hands-on since the ferry was auctioned off by New York City’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services in January 2022.

“They have input. They see everything. We have meetings as needed, sometimes twice a week, sometimes every three months,” he told the outlet of the “SNL” stars.

“Right now, honestly, I’m trying to get the design work done as fast as possible.”

Davidson and Jost, along with comedy club owner Paul Italia, originally had plans to turn the ferry into New York City’s next hottest club when they purchased the vessel.

The ferry does not currently have plans to include a swimming pool, but that could change, according to Castellano.

“A pool is something that keeps coming up. We’re going back and forth,” he said. “There’s a little Jacuzzi kind of thing, but not a full-on pool. We’d have to do a floating pool.”

Castellano also shares that the ferry could be towed between New York and Miami. “I think that’s exactly still the plan. It doesn’t have to be in one place. It can move, so we’re exploring both locations,” he explained.

Castellano notes, “We have sort of the initial construction phase underway, like, we’re just bidding it out as it gets done. That’s going to take a year, and as that happens, we’re tightening the drawings,; and as that’s happening, we’re going to find the location.”

Last summer, Davidson, 30, joked he had regrets over purchasing the decommissioned Staten Island ferry. The former “Saturday Night Live” star admitted he had “no idea what’s going on with that thing” when asked if he would host an after-party on the boat following the “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” premiere in June.

“Yeah, if it’s not sunk!” Davidson teased during an interview with Entertainment Tonight.”

“Hopefully it turns into a Transformer and gets the f— out of there, so I can stop paying for it!”

During the red-carpet event, Davidson confessed he and his co-star were under the influence when they purchased the ferry.

“Me and Colin were very stoned a year ago and bought a ferry. And we’re figuring it out,” he said.

In January 2022, Jost, Davidson and Italia put down a winning bid for the John F. Kennedy, a 277-foot vessel that shuttled commuters between the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Staten Island from 1965 until it was taken out of service in August 2021.

Shortly after the impulsive purchase, Davidson and Jost joked about buying the boat during an SNL segment.

“Hey! We bought a ferry, the windowless van of the sea,” Davidson announced.

Jost quipped, “Yes, it’s very exciting. We thought the whole thing through.”

In April 2022, Jost, 40, took the decommissioned Staten Island ferry for a joyride.

The comedian was photographed setting sail from the St. George Ferry Terminal for the first time since the ferry was initially purchased.

“I took this exact boat every morning at 7 a.m. to go into high school in the city,” Jost told the New York Post at the time. “It’s cool. It’s weird to be back.”

Jost was joined by his 96-year-old grandfather as the ferry was towed to a new temporary location.

“I wanted my grandpa to see it. He’s 96 and he’s been on Staten Island for his whole life,” Jost explained.

Research contact: @FoxBusiness

Kids left alone with baby monitor: There’s ‘no point’ in sitters, one mom says—but experts sound the alarm

January 9, 2023

Parenting experts are sounding the alarm about stories circulating of parents leaving their children home alone with nothing but the audio and video feeds from a baby monitor to connect parents and kids, reports Fox News.

A recent example of “babysitting by baby monitor” involved late ABC News executive producer Dax Tejera, 37, and his wife Veronica. The husband suffered a heart attack and died on December 23 while the couple were out in New York City, according to multiple reports.

Their two small children, reportedly two years old and five months old, were left alone in a hotel room with only a baby monitor while the couple was reportedly out to dinner around the corner.

Veronica Tejera, 33, was arrested and charged with two counts of child endangerment just hours after her husband’s passing, after police received a call from the hotel about “unattended children” at the location, said USA Today.

“We had two cameras trained on my children as they slept, and I monitored them closely in the time I was away from them,” Veronica Tejera said in part in a statement provided to Entertainment Tonight and the New York Post.

“While the girls were unharmed, I realize that it was a poor decision,” she also said.

 Meanwhile, last fall an unidentified young mother left her infant at a rental apartment in the Outer Banks of North Carolina while she and her husband went to the beach located five minutes away.

“We sat on the beach and watched the monitor,” the woman recently told the New York Post for an article on the topic. The monitor has a built-in app that alerts a cellphone with notifications when it senses movement or sound, the woman also said.

“We do it all the time. There’s no point in having a babysitter. We frequently go back and check in on him, too,” the woman added.

While monitors offer convenience and “eyes and ears” on a child when parents are separated from them physically, should parents really trust baby monitors exclusively with their children’s health and safety?

One Michigan-based pediatrician  with over 30 years of experience in treating children offered a resounding “no.”

“Parents are increasingly leaving their children alone in their homes or cars, believing that they can keep their child safe by carrying a video monitor with them,” Dr. Meg Meeker, who is also the author of several books, including “7 Keys to Staying Sane During the COVID-19 Crisis,” told Fox News Digital via email this week.

“Here’s what parents miss,” Dr. Meeker continued. “When an accident happens to a baby or child, it happens in seconds, not minutes. And parents must respond within seconds, not minutes.”

Calling response time “a matter of life and death” to a child, Dr. Meeker said that permanent brain injury is only one possible tragic outcome. “How long can a choking baby stop breathing before his brain is damaged?” Meeker said.

“Not long. How much smoke can a child inhale in a burning home before he passes out? How quickly should a child get to a hospital if he falls and becomes unconscious?”

The answer to that, she said, is nothing less than “as soon as possible.” Meeker also said, “I have profound respect for the quickness with which kids can have life-threatening injuries.”

She added, “We are trained to work fast because we know that speed matters when treating a hurt child.”

She continued, “Parents don’t realize how quickly they must act—and they simply can’t do this if they aren’t physically present.”

Meeker added, “Fires can break out, babies can choke, suffocate, fall or even — God forbid — have a stranger break into the home and take the child.”

While noting that “parents certainly need to have time away from their baby,” she emphasized that a videocam is “no substitute for a person” when it comes to taking care of a child.

“There is a place for video monitors, but they should never replace a person within short reach of a child,” she said.

Research contact: @FoxNews