Staten Island ferry bought by Pete Davidson and Colin Jost is INFESTED with cockroaches

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Retired Staten Island ferry SNL comedians Pete Davidson and Colin Jost bought in hopes of opening a floating nightclub that could be infested with cockroaches and filled with asbestos.

Former ferry captain Kevin Hennessey told the… New York Daily News it would likely cost Davidson and Jost millions to renovate the ferry, which first went into service in 1965.

Jost and Davidson bought the ferry – the MV John F. Kennedy – with a group of investors last year for $280,000.

Hennessey said the boat’s engine was also affected by a fire that broke out in the engine room just after the ferry was dismantled and before the comedians bought it.

Comedy club owner Paul Italia, who joined Jost and Davidson in the purchase, called Hennessey’s assessment of the ferry’s condition “garbage information” and said plans for the ferry’s future would be announced by the end of the year.

Staten Island ferry bought by Pete Davidson and Colin Jost

Comedians Pete Davidson, 28, (left) and Colin Jost, 40, (right) bought the retired Staten Island ferry in hopes of turning it into a floating nightclub

Jost and Davidson bought the ferry last year - the MV John F. Kennedy - with a group of investors for $280,000

Jost and Davidson bought the ferry last year - the MV John F. Kennedy - with a group of investors for $280,000

Jost and Davidson bought the ferry last year – the MV John F. Kennedy – with a group of investors for $280,000

Pete Davidson pictured next to the Staten Island ferry shortly after buying it with a group of investors last year

Pete Davidson pictured next to the Staten Island ferry shortly after buying it with a group of investors last year

Pete Davidson pictured next to the Staten Island ferry shortly after buying it with a group of investors last year

Hennessey said the toxic asbestos lining the ferry’s walls, which was “a common building material” in 1965, would be one of the biggest complications the ferry project would face.

“As time went on and pipes and wires rotted, the asbestos panels were broken open and repaired,” he said. “It’s generally harmless until you grind it up or drill into it.”

He said that cockroach infestations are common on the Staten Island ferries, but the John F. Kennedy has always had a particularly rampant problem.

Another ferry worker said cockroaches thrive in compartments under the boat’s seats where life jackets were stored.

“People are lazy and like to dump their waste in there,” said the worker.

Ferry workers told the Daily News that they estimate renovations could run into the millions, and that Jost and Davidson had a good idea but were not their low point.

“I wish these guys good luck with the project, but they’re going to need some help,” Hennessey said.

“They had good intentions, but this was an impulse buy from two guys with a lot of money who know nothing about seagoing ships.”

“I’ve seen people buy ships like this in the past daydreaming about opening a restaurant, but then you realize it’s not connected to a sewer, it has to be ADA compliant. All sorts of things,” he added.

The comedians won the boat at auction after it was decommissioned in August 2021.  He was employed since 1965

The comedians won the boat at auction after it was decommissioned in August 2021.  He was employed since 1965

The comedians won the boat at auction after it was decommissioned in August 2021. He was employed since 1965

The interior of the Staten Island ferry purchased by comedians Pete Davidson and Colin Jost

The interior of the Staten Island ferry purchased by comedians Pete Davidson and Colin Jost

The interior of the Staten Island ferry purchased by comedians Pete Davidson and Colin Jost

The deck of the former Staten Island ferry, the MV John F. Kennedy.  Former crew members estimate that renovating a nightclub will cost millions

The deck of the former Staten Island ferry, the MV John F. Kennedy.  Former crew members estimate that renovating a nightclub will cost millions

The deck of the former Staten Island ferry, the MV John F. Kennedy. Former crew members estimate that renovating a nightclub will cost millions

President of New York City’s Waterfront Alliance, which advocates for improving the city’s waterfront, Cortney Koenig Worrall, said it was a good idea, but the space to implement it was limited and expensive.

“They must be on to something,” Worrall said. “But there are very few spaces in New York City that can accommodate a permanently anchored ship or similar location. There is a premium on space on the land, but there is an even higher premium on real estate on the water.’

The comedians won the boat at auction after it was taken out of service in August.

“The Staten Island Ferry is definitely something iconic,” Italia, who is also a real estate investor, said after the purchase. “We wanted to figure out a way to save it and do something special with it.”

“The idea is to turn the space into a space for live entertainment, with comedy, music, art and so on,” he said.

NYC Mayor Eric Adams expressed support for the project after the news broke. ‘I like this idea. What a great way to give a NYC icon a second life,” Mayor Eric Adams tweeted earlier this year.

Davidson most recently dated Kim Kardashian in a whirlwind nine-month romance

Davidson most recently dated Kim Kardashian in a whirlwind nine-month romance

Jost has been married to actress Scarlett Johansson for two years.  The two share a son

Jost has been married to actress Scarlett Johansson for two years.  The two share a son

Davidson recently dated Kim Kardashian for a whirlwind nine-month romance. Jost has been married to actress Scarlett Johansson for two years. The two share a son

Davidson was last romantically linked to Kim Kardashian. The couple dated from October 2021 to August 2022 before breaking up due to “distance issues.”

The SNL comedian has been away for the shooting of the movie Wizards! in Australia.

However, a source told Insider last week that the couple is “still keeping in touch” after breaking up from their nine-month relationship.

Jost is married to actress Scarlett Johansson and shares son Cosmo Jost. Scarlett also shares seven-year-old daughter Rose Dorothy with French journalist ex-husband Romain Dauriac.

The couple, who have been married for two years, were spotted vacationing in the Hamptons over the summer.

The actress, 37, wowed in a red bikini as she relaxed with Jost and some friends on a sleek boat – which wasn’t infested with cockroaches.