Month: August 2017

Manhattan by Sail

Manhattan by Sail

“I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York’s skyline.” – Ayn Rand

Thanks to Manhattan by Sail New Yorkers and out-of-towners can easily experience both the sunset and the sights. Step onboard Manhattan by Sail’s Clipper City Tall Ship and Shearwater Classic Schooner to experience New York from a new perspective and enjoy the New York City skyline directly from the Hudson River.

Give your city lungs a break and hop aboard either the majestic Clipper City Tall Ship, reaching 120 feet in height and 158 feet in length, or the Shearwater Classic Schooner, a classic Newport-style yacht, for an afternoon or evening of sailing fun. Give in to the lull of the waters and allow your body and mind to drift away from office worries and commuter nightmares. Set sail on the Hudson and see New York like you’ve never seen her before. We guarantee you’ll discover a new way to unwind.

If the calm of the water or waft of the ocean isn’t enough to sign you up, perhaps you’ll enjoy the great selection of beer on tap. Oh, yes, there’s that. Both Clipper City and Shearwater Schooner are alcohol-friendly and sell beer on deck, as well as offer weekend brunch sails, happy hour events and craft beer tastings. In fact, Manhattan by Sail offers several thematic ride options, including day sail, night sail, twilight sail, champagne sail, burlesque sail and jazz sail – unique experiences for every New Yorker.

Each sail lasts about 1.5- 2.5 hours and adult tickets begin at $39; sails depart from either The Battery in Battery Park or the North Cove Marina at Brookfield Place.

It’s hard to imagine a more picturesque setting – even in New York.

Thank you to Manhattan by Sail and the amazing crew on deck. If you’re in New York or planning a trip, make sure to add this nautical adventure to your itinerary and prepare to see New York like you’ve never seen her before.

Address

Clipper City Tall Ship:

The Battery, Slip 2 (Battery Park)

Lower Manhattan, NY

Shearwater Classic Schooner:

North Cove Marina at Brookfield Place

Lower Manhattan, NY

Call

(212) 619-6900

Hours

Please visit the Manhattan by Sail website below for a full schedule.

Web

www.manhattanbysail.com

Gild Hall

Gild Hall

Fact: New York City offers a plethora of dining, shopping, hotel, art and cultural options, but if you want to experience how the other half lives (and, by other half, we mean bankers, brokers, you know, your typical 20-something finance guys), then plan a stay at Gild Hall.

Located in the heart of the financial district and just a stone’s throw away from Wall Street, this hotel is the perfect space for an aperitif and/or a low-key business dinner. While the location of this property makes it the perfect playhouse for Wall Street executives, don’t be surprised to find a good amount of tourists mixed in with the happy hour crowds.

As the name suggests, Gild Hall, appropriately located at 15 Gold Street, is draped in luxury. Enter the woodsy, yet whimsical lobby and indulge in the decadent details of the space, such as my personal favorites: antler chandeliers and a golden illuminated map of the world. Enjoy a complimentary glass of prosecco upon reception and play a game of chess while you weigh out your options in the lap of luxury. Indulge your curiosity and browse through the beautifully bounded collection of books lining the lobby walls or continue your stay at the hotel’s rustic lobby bar.

When it’s time for dinner and you’re fully recovered from your travels, go next door to Felice Ristorante (the hotel’s kitchen and answer to room service) for some delicious Tuscan cuisine. After dinner, make your way upstairs to La Soffitta – the restaurant’s semi-hidden wine lounge – and prepare to live la dolce vita as you step into a Federico Fellini film. Pose for a selfie on the iconic stairs and, once you reach your destination, indulge in the beautiful brown leather sofas and an endless supply of Italian wines. No doubt, this is the perfect setting for your mambo italiano dreams.

After your nightcap, head upstairs to catch some zzz’s and sleep like a king. Enjoy the beautifully quilted leather headboard and touches of gold – there to remind you that you are royalty, of course – and, if you wish, never leave your throne!

After the closing bell has rung and the work day is done, nothing says you’ve arrived better than a trip to Gild Hall. Whether you’re in town for business or living for pleasure, Gild Hall is a definite treat.

 

 

Thank you to Gild Hall, a Thompson Hotel and Felice Ristorante.

Address

15 Gold Street (at Platt Street), New York, NY 10038

Call

(212) 232-7700/

(212) 785-5950

Web

www.thompsonhotels.com/

www.felice15goldstreet.com

A Day Trip to Governor’s Island

A Day Trip to Governor’s Island

In 1554, Giovanni da Verrazano became the first European and explorer on record to discover New York Harbor, including the area of land off the southern tip of Manhattan: Governors Island.

One hundred years later, the Dutch West India Company sent 30 families to live and work in a settlement on the island. There, the settlers began new lives; they set up trading posts and traded furs before, eventually, relocating to mainland.

Today, Governors Island is a 172-acre oasis in the heart of New York Harbor with unparalleled views of the New York City skyline and extraordinary outdoor spaces. Easily accessible by ferry and open to the public during the summer, it is a popular destination with an active calendar of events including zip-lining, rock climbing, guided tours, jazz parties and poetry events.

In 2003, about 22-acres of the island was land-marked and designated a National Park to be managed by the National Park Service (www.nps.gov/gois); the remaining 150-acres of the island was transferred to the City and State of New York and is currently run by The Trust for Governor’s Island, the 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization charged with the planning, redevelopment, and ongoing municipal operations of the island.

Governors Island is open May 1- Oct. 31 and is only 800 yards from Lower Manhattan, and even closer to Brooklyn. It is a world within itself, rich in history and full of possibility.

For more information or to plan a day trip, please visit www.govisland.com.