The Staten Island Ferry captures the hearts and imaginations of many Big Apple tourists, including Alaskan Bush People alum Joshua "Bam Bam" Brown! In fact, it inspired Bam Bam and girlfriend Allison Kagan to purchase and renovate their own ferry after they got together a year and a half ago.
Bam Bam revealed his and Allison's origin story in a recent Facebook post. She was a supervising field producer for Alaskan Bush People's third season, but she and Bam Bam didn't start dating until much later. He revealed they got together in November 2016, which would have been after he had departed from the show. In fact, she was the city girl for whom he left Alaska!
"When I visited New York that summer we were still just friends," he told Facebook fans. "The boat idea came to us when we were on the Staten Island Ferry… How cool it would be to have a space that large and also be on the water! Alli searched and found the old ferry just before [the boat] was going to be sold for scrap! We have been gutting and renovating her ever since. It's been a blast… Alli has great artistic vision and huge plans for the renovation. My dad is excited to help us with the plumbing, and the rest of the family can't wait to come aboard."
So grateful for my girlfriend Alli. I'm blessed that she is here with my family.— Joshua Bam Bam Brown (@JoshBamBamBrown) June 30, 2017
She and my mom are truly inspiring.
Love conquers all. pic.twitter.com/LKZsvxkipI
Seems like everyone is "on board" with Bam Bam following his heart — which, as we saw on the Discovery show's sixth season, wasn't always the case. Ami and Billy Brown were frustrated to see their son take off for the Lower 48 just as they were preparing for winter, but they knew he had been "wrestling with things," as Billy said.
"[Alli] has stirred something inside me and made my soul wake up," Bam Bam told People around the time. "I hope we can blend our lives together and I can take her back to Alaska."
In the meantime, Alli has been working as a field producer on 90 Day Fiancé and True Life. But hey, if he does persuade her to move to Alaska, perhaps she can produce a reality show about their "love boat"!