Staff Picks: New York City Cruises

It’s easy to forget that New York City is essentially an island. It’s so easy to get caught up in the isolationism of Manhattan, and it’s incredibly convenient to hop on a train to one of the other boroughs, but there’s nothing like a cruise to radically change your perspective of the city. Cruises are most appreciable during spring and summer, however I enjoy them in the winter too. The weather makes for incredible and unexpected landscapes!

Here are a few of my favorite itineraries…

When In in the mood for a little staycation*, we recommend crossing the Brooklyn Bridge, warming up with a Cappuccino in the Brooklyn Bridge Park, and taking a ferry back to Midtown to head right over to the Second Avenue Deli for some delicious matzo ball Soup and pierogies** – it’s cheap, efficient, and not too crowded with tourists. The scenery is fantastic and the food is great: that makes for a perfect Saturday adventure. Make sure to take a look at the schedule as boats run slow on weekends.

(Photo by Julienne Schaer/ NYC & Company)

It is always a great experience when opting for a longer cruise with tourist professionals. When you only have two or three days in the city, you don’t want to waste your time hanging around LACK tables, POANG chairs or BILLY storage unit – understandably so. I personally recommend a sailing cruise aboard a Gatsby-era sailboat, preferably around sunset. A few miles off the coast, a few sips of the wine and you’ll feel like a Rockefeller! Below are a few fun facts that you can just drop in your conversations while on the cruise, to impress your friends even more!

FUN FACTS ABOUT THE ISLAND:

  • The most famous attribute of New York City, its skyline, is actually constructed on reclaimed land. The drastic expansion of the city demanded for a radical urbanization since the Dutch colony’s early days in 1609. More info…
  • The East River is not an actual river: it is part of the New York-New Jersey’s estuary! Many people assume that, because of pollution, the East River is incapable of supporting a large and diverse wildlife population, this is entirely untrue. Throughout history, the East River has served as the home to many species of plants and animals and at one time contained one of the most wide-ranging populations in the world. More info…
  • Around 600 species of mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles are found in New York, including 20 classified as threatened or endangered. This is far from the Island’s original bio-diversity, which has been replaced by cultural diversity: today people from nearly every nation on earth can be found living in New York. More info…

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The New York mini-glossary:

* Staycation: in The City That Never Sleeps staycations are pretty common: many New Yorkers love their city so much and get so little time to relax during the year that they often prefer to stay at home rather than travel somewhere else!

* Pierogies: These little dumplings filled with potato, meat and cheese are a delicious East European treat that New Yorkers all crave for in secret…