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The iconic orange Staten Island Ferry isn’t the only way. Here are seven more
1. Governors Island
The green patch is just a seven minute ferry ride from the southernmost tip of Manhattan New York and has been a native American fishing ground, U.S. Coast Guard base, site of a meeting between Reagan and Gorbachev and is at present a public park and National Monument administered by the National Park Service.
Only a small number of vehicles are allowed on Governors Island. Special events take place throughout the season. The best part about the island is that the ferry and admission fees are free! This is surely a place to visit in New York City.
2. Statue of Liberty
Having been closed since the September 11 attacks, the fames statue’s crown was re-opened to tourists, on July 4th. While getting tickets for the 146-step climb is a necessity, it also requires some advance planning, as demand has been high.
3. Water Taxi Beach
Across the East River from Manhattan New York is New York’s original fake beach which, like so many things in Queens, is all about food and drink in New York. Viewing the sunset over the New York skyline is much better with a beer in one hand and a burger in the other.
On Fridays in July and August, you can score a special BBQ chicken spread. Make sure to bring along friends.
4. Riverside Park
While most of Manhattan New York is ringed by highways, urban planner Frederick Law Olmsted designed this section of the Upper West Side to work with the water. Riverside Park stretches from 72nd to 158th Street, drawing bikers, joggers and, boat buffs.
5. City Island
Still part of New York City but far from the hustle, this New England-y enclave is the last thing you would think of as metropolitan. But is it definitely worth the long haul to gorge on seafood while watching yachts cruise by. To get there, take the no.6 train and then the Bx29.
Johnny’s Reef Restaurant at the south of the island has an old-school vibe that makes for great pictures together with piles of seafood. Visiting is free, but the fried clams will without a doubt cost you well.
6. Free Kayaking
Sporty New Yorkers have been passing around a secret for years: The New York City Downtown Boathouse will loan you a kayak and will let you paddle around the Hudson for free. Slightly more serious boaters might score a spot on a three-hour tour, but since you can’t sign up ahead of time, availability depends on how many others turn up.
7. Sailing school
If the previous six seem too easy for you, , the Manhattan Sailing School offers ASA basic keelboat certification over three days out of the North Cove in Battery Park City.
You will spend your first evening learning what makes sailboats go and the next two days trimming jibs and taking the helm of a J/24 with three other students together with an instructor. Reservations are essential.