Once the infrastructure is in place, retrofitted cruise ships will shut down their diesel engines and plug into a power grid at the Red Hook port, significantly reducing air pollution in the surrounding neighborhood, which suffers from high asthma rates.
Residents who've lived with diesel fumes since the terminal opened in 2006 will breathe easier.
And the agreement makes the terminal the first on the East Coast to adopt the technology, an important milestone. Why it took us this long is another question (shore power has been in use on the West Coast and in Alaska for over a decade). But as the saying goes, better late than never.