When you can’t make it to the boardwalk at the Jersey Shore, the next best thing is Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City. This boardwalk style park resembles The High Line and has some of the most amazing views of Manhattan. I like to stop by at least once every summer.
For two years running, my Mom has come up for Delaware to New York City for her birthday. I guess now you can call it a tradition. This year, we decided to be super touristy and take both a bus and boat tour of Manhattan. I would absolutely recommend the boat tour or at least taking a boat cruise around the Hudson River (which I plan to try next). However, the bus tour was at best okay. Even as a tourist you see most of the places walking anyway and the tour guide was super annoying. What I liked most about the boat tour is that you could see the city from a whole new prepective and get see the Statue of Liberty up close at sunset.
Exploring new parts of Manhattan is always a satisfying experience, especially if it’s under the summer sun. In spite of the fact that New York it is city of unlimited options, it’s not uncommon to find yourself with no idea where to go. So you end up going to the same neighborhood spots again and again. Over the weekend, I ventured to the South Street Seaport, a historical fishing area adjacent to the Financial District with a breathtaking view of the Brooklyn Bridge. My $3 beer on the boardwalk was probably the best deal in New York.