April 1992Volume 42, 1992
APRIL 01, 1992 by ARTHUR HALL II
APRIL 01, 1992 by ROBERT ZIMMERMAN
In 1981, New York City had a transit strike. Only the Staten Island Ferry was running. A1 Manti, a fireman living in Brooklyn, decided to help some of his local friends by driving them to the ferry so they could get to work in lower Manhattan. "We did it for fun," says Manti. It worked so well that he decided, once the strike ended, to buy a 15-passenger van and go into business. He contacted city and state agencies, filled out the appropriate forms, and received a license to provide transportation from Brooklyn to Manhattan.