New York’s hottest club might be… a Staten Island ferry.
“Saturday Night Live” stars and Shaolin natives Pete Davidson and Colin Jost are behind the mysterious auction purchase of the disused John F. Kennedy ferry.
The couple, in partnership with Manhattan realtor and comedy club owner Paul Italia, spent $280,000 to buy a boat that most ride for free.
Italia, who spoke exclusively to The Post on Thursday, said the trio had “big plans” for the ship.
“The idea is to transform the space into a live entertainment event space, complete with comedy, music, art, etc.,” he said.
“We’re in the early stages, but everyone involved had the same ambition – to not see this thing go to the scrapyard,” Italia said.
New York Mayor Eric Adams tweeted his support for the Friday morning idea.
“Love this idea,” he wrote. “What a great way to give a New York icon a second life. Let us know how we can help and we’ll be there for the maiden voyage.
As it stands, however, the ship won’t even move under its own power.
The New York City Department of Administrative Services, which put the ship up for auction, said the John F. Kennedy was recently taken out of service due to mechanical problems.
As the winner of the auction, Italia has 10 days to get the ship out of the St. George Ferry Terminal, DCAS spokesman Nick Benson told The Post.
Italia said plans are underway to tow the vessel by tug to a local shipyard, where it plans to keep it while a long-term location is found.
“We are talking to many shipyards in the region,” he said.
Davidson, caught on video visiting his new toy on Friday, told a passerby the ship would be towed to Gowanus, where it would get “a lot of work”.
Bidding on the nearly 60-year-old ship started at $125,000 last week. Proceeds from the purchase of $280,100 will go to the City’s general fund.
Built in 1965, the JFK was the oldest ferry in the Staten Island fleet when it was retired last August due to mechanical failures in two of its engines. It is structurally sound, the city’s Department of Administrative Services said.
Both “SNL” stars hail from the borough, which earned the nickname “Shaolin” from the Wu Tang Clan.
Jost hails from Grymes Hill and shares several homes in the area with his wife and ‘Black Widow’ star, Scarlett Johansson.
Davidson often makes fun of his native neighborhood on “SNL” and starred in the feature film “The King of Staten Island,” a story loosely based on his upbringing.
Jost frequently makes the island the butt of his “Weekend Update” anchor desk jokes, and his birthplace plays a significant role in his autobiography, “A Very Punchable Face.”
A spokesperson for Jost declined to comment on Friday. Davidson did not respond to requests for comment.