Boating in New York, New York
The Big Apple
No city is more exciting! The Big Apple, if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. Opportunities and adventures are limitless in the city that never sleeps. From quiet walks in the park to shop-lined, bustling streets that seem to never slow down, this city has something for everyone. New York City offers some of the greatest dining and world renowned shows that are sure to dazzle and inspire you. Take a trip to this glorious city and see what secrets and wonders it has to offer you.
What to do
High Line (Gansevoort Street to W. 34th St., between 10th and 11th avenues), which straddles the Meatpacking District and Chelsea. In the past few years it’s been converted into an above-street promenade, landscaped with plant beds that let some of the original rail tracks show through. It offers sweeping views of the Hudson River and New Jersey beyond, and the trendy districts surrounding it are full of art galleries,boutiques, and cafes.
Vist the Union Square Farmers' Market on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 140 regional farmers, fishermen, and bakers come to sell their products of maple candies, Amish cheeses, incredible artisanal pretzels, fresh clams, local honey harvested from rooftop beehives, and much much more. You can't get food much fresher anywhere else in the city.
Take a trip downtown to visit the 9/11 Memorial Fountains. These beautiful fountains, set in the foundations of the World Trade Centers and surrounded by the names of those lost that day, are a reminder of the men and women who gave/lost their lives. Stop by the visitors center/museum to pick up your free ticket and spend some time at the fountains. Also, you will be able to see the construction on the Freedom Tower that is being built. (One Liberty Plaza, 212-266-5211, www.911memorial.org/)
Walk around Central Park situated in Manhattan between 59th and 110th street and between Fifth and Eight Ave. The park boasts several lakes, theaters, ice rinks, fountains, tennis courts, baseball fields, many playgrounds and other facilities. It is also home to the Central Park Zoo and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Especially during the weekends, when cars are not allowed into the park, Central Park is a welcome oasis in this hectic city
Ride to the top of the Empire State Building for a view that is out of this world amazing. If you want to see all of New York, this is the place to go. The building is located on Fifth Avenue (between 33rd/34th Streets) and is open Monday - Sunday: 08:00am - 02:00 am. (www.esbnyc.com/)
See a play on Broadway. Broadway has one of the richest histories and some of the greatest performers. From shows like 42nd Street, The Lion King, Jersey Boys, and Phantom of the Opera to some of the more recent addtions like Wicked, Memphis, How to Succeed in Busniess Without Really Trying and others, Broadway is the best place to see your favorite live performers. Buy tickets at the TKTS stations in Times Square, or online at www.nyc.com/broadway_tickets/.
Are you craving the bright lights and high energy? A visit to Times Square is something you should definitely do then. Times Square has a fascinating history that lives on today in the heart of all the showy facades. Enjoy the restaurants around the area and take time to just sit and watch the people who come and go in the restless city.
Where to eat
79th Street Boat Basin/Upper West Side
Telepan is a restuarant that uses earthy, robust flavors to really make their dishes pop. There are over two dozen dishes available, not including dessert. We recommend the house-smoked brook trout for an entree. (72 West 69th St., 212-580-4300, www.telepan-ny.com/).
Hand chosen fish specialties and their nearly 100 year old Greengrass character is not all Barney Greengrass' has to offer. We recommend the Nova Scotia salmon Scrambled with eggs and onion, sturgeon scrambled with eggs and onion, or the chicken liver sandwich. Try these dishes and others and you won't be disappointed! (541 Amsterdam Avenue at 86th Street, 212-724-4707, www.barneygreengrass.com/).
Carmine's offers some of the best Souther Italian cooking in New York. The great cooking paired with their large portions and festive atmosphere makes for a splendid meal for all to enjoy. Don't miss this restuarant, especially if you're in the mood for eggplant parmagiana, pasta meatballs, or veal saltimbocca which are some of our favorite dishes. (2450 Broadway, 212-362-2200, www.carminesnyc.com/).
Ditch Plains offers fresh seafood and the best of beach dining - from oyster shooters and lobster rolls featuring fresh local lobsters from Long Island, to a grilled fish of the day plus celebrated specialties such as the Ditch Dog (a hot dog smothered with mac & cheese), fish tacos, spicy bloody marys, a selection of beers on tap and the famously well-priced wine program. The casual vibe, family-friendly environment and great fish-shack fare makes Ditch Plains a welcome addition to the uptown community. (100 W. 82nd St., 212-362-4815, www.ditch-plains.com/).
Chelsea Piers/Chelsea and Downtown
Txikito is a Spanish/tapas restuarant that makes dishes that strive to capture the many ways that food is enjoyed throughout the Basque country. It is a cozy place with so much to offer. We recommend the lamb chops with arugula salad and muscatel cake for dessert. (240 Ninth Ave., 212-242-4730, www.txikitonyc.com/).
Pastis is a French bistro located in Manhattan's meatpacking district. The menu combines hearty Provençal dishes with moderately-priced bistro fare. The bar serves a range of house cocktails, wines by the glass, carafe or bottle, and several varieties of pastis, an anise-flavored aperitif from the south of France. (9 Ninth Ave, 212-929-4844, www.pastisny.com/).
La Nacional is the self-proclaimed oldest Spanish restaurant in the city. This restaurant delights diners with its romantic, cozy atmosphere and delicious smelling- and tasting - food. We recommend the tortilla de patatas, the garlic shrimp, and the paella for two. (239 W. 14th St., 212-243-9308, www.lanacionaltapas.com/).
If you're willing be a little adventurous, try Torrisi Italian Specialties. The menu is different every night, there is a flat fee for dinner, and there are no substitutions for dietary or allergy needs, but if you want to try some great cooking and a fabulous atmosphere, this is definitely a place to give a chance. (250 Mulberry St., 212-965-0955, www.torrisinyc.com/).
Where to Dock
Chelsea Piers - Surfside 3 is a 100 slip marina situated with the Chelsea Piers sports and entertainment complex. Established in 1946 Surfside 3 provides dockage space for private and commercial vessels on both a seasonal and transient basis. Located on 23rd St and the Hudson River, you cant beat this location in the big city. ( 212-336-7873 ext.1)
Liberty Landing Marina is a full-service marina very accessible to Manhattan. There is a scheduled ferry service between Liberty State Park and Manhattan. The marina is located in Jersey City, which is home to many restaurants, office buildings, apartments and condos, and a large indoor shopping mall. You can see the New York skyline from your boat at this marina. (201-985-8000 ext218)
Lincoln Harbor Yacht Club is located south of the Lincoln Tunnel and across from the Empire State Building. It is are one and half miles from Midtown Manhattan with all the shopping and restaurants one could possibly want. Welcome to Lincoln Harbor Yacht Club, the perfect location for your every boating need, right on the Hudson River, across from New York City. (201-319-5100 x3)
West 79th Street Boat Basin accommodates boats of all sizes with 116 slips and 80 moorings. Two fixed and three floating piers offer five docking areas and a wave wall capable of handling large yachts. Transient slips are also available. Kayaks can be stored for a fee at the Boat Basin and can be launched from the popular A-dock public floating kayak launch. (212-496-2105)