New Jersey commuter rides a Jet Ski to Brooklyn for work every day
… to a Lyft from the Danforth Avenue Station. It wasn’t cheap, and it took awhile — almost two hours.
When I got to David’s I couldn’t help but notice that his building looked like a hotel. When we spoke on the phone, he said I could shadow his workday from around 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.. These two thoughts made me wonder if David’s whole life was like a vacation.
So, what kind of guy jet skis to work anyway? As you might’ve guessed, David seems like an incredibly chill person. He even tried on his wetsuit for me to take his picture since he won’t have to wear it in the water for another month or so.
For now, he just wears this wetsuit-like jacket over his clothes when it’s chilly out.
Most people check the weather before leaving their home each morning, but David also checks wind speeds and directions for his morning commute using an app called IKitesurf.
David’s apartment building is less than a five-minute walk from the dock where he parks his jet ski.
As we approached the dock, David said his jet ski was the one on the end.
I assumed David would have a waterproof phone case, but he doesn’t need one. The front compartment of his jet ski keeps all of his things dry.
It was big enough to fit my backpack and David’s backpack.
This is everything David and I brought with us to Brooklyn — two backpacks, two life vests, two fenders, and some rope.
Fenders keep his jet ski from getting dinged up on the dock.
The jet ski can hold three people safely, and the seat is comfortable.
David spent about $1,000 on his jet ski, and it costs him $60 a gas fill-up every two weeks. Before jet skiing, David spent $18 a day on his commute.
David started jet skiing to work in April and he plans to do so until November.
If he keeps this up, he’ll be saving money on transportation by next year.
After I suited up, David offered to take my picture before we got out on the water.
First, David had to pull the jet ski off of the ramp and reel it in with an attached rope.
… and took the jet ski out for a quick spin around the harbor.
Then, it was my turn to get on. I was a tiny bit nervous, but I’m pretty sure I didn’t show it.
It wasn’t scary, though. I thought I would feel like I was about to fall off the whole time, but I didn’t …
… and even when we started to go faster, I was relaxed and having the time of my life.
It was pretty cool to see the New York City skyline start out appearing so small …
At one point during the trip, David turned to me and said: “Wanna swing by the statue?”
He was referring to the Statue of Liberty, and as you can tell by this photo, I said yes. This made me think about how even though I live in New York, I don’t go out of my way to experience it the way David does.
We slowed back down as we got closer to the dock in Brooklyn.
When we arrived, David held onto the dock as I disembarked the jet ski first.
Then, he began to tie his jet ski to the dock.
David removed our belongings from the dry compartment …
… and we put our life jackets in the same compartment before leaving the dock.
David works in Red Hook — a Brooklyn neighborhood known for its industrial seaside vibe.
When I saw David’s office, it all started to come together.
As previously mentioned, David owns the New York Trolley Company, and his offices are his trolleys.
David deals with paperwork at home and commutes to Red Hook about three times a week to clean and maintain his vehicles.