New York City

Staten Island Ferry Terminal

Going big We developed a signage and environmental graphic program for lower Manhattan’s transportation hub, working in association with longtime collaborators Frederic Schwartz Architects.

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The focus of the installation is a frieze of 12-foot-tall illuminated letters, engineered to withstand hurricane-force winds.

Installation shots. The custom-engineered letters incorporate a protective screen designed to prevent pigeons from nesting.

The program includes interior directional and environmental signage, incorporating an excerpt from a poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay (“We were very tired, we were very merry — We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry”).



We believe poetry and architecture go well together.

As an additional part of the program, we created a series of short films that were displayed over the ferry slips.
The films addressed the topics of water, art, transportation, time, the Statue of Liberty, and faces of New York.


Alexander Isley
Liesl Kaplan

Awards and Recognition
AIA New York State Award