There are some who forget, when lost amidst the concrete and sky scrapers, that Manhattan is an island. Cut off from New Jersey by the Hudson, Queens by the East River, and the Bronx by the Harlem River, it’s a water town. And the best place to see the bright lights of the city is by boat. But if you’re going to cruise around Manhattan you should know a few things.
–The Ferries always win. Always. From the
giant orange Staten Island ferries busting out of the terminal at the southern tip, to the fast ferries that blast over to Jersey, they go when they’re ready and it’s up to you to stay out of their way.
–Fink Means Good Bread. If you’re in the East River cruising on the Queens side and smell baking bread, that’s from the Fink Bakery in Long Island City. If you cut into Newton Creek the smell will get more intense. Thankfully it masks the toxins and raw sewage.
–Old and New Yankee Stadium are visible from the water. Head up the Harlem River and check it out. If you enter from the Hudson side you have to deal with a low swinging railroad bridge.
–The Gowanus Canal Yacht Club has nothing to do with boats. It’s a beer garden.
–There is no place to dock at the South Street Seaport. Try Chelsea Piers on the West Side and Skyports Marina on the East.
–To fuel up you have to run across the Hudson to Jersey.
–The East River and Lower Hudson can at times be rough going in small boats, thanks to all the commercial traffic throwing mongo wakes that reverbate off the seawalls.
–Man does that current rip through Hell Gate.
–There are insane people who ride PWCs around Manhattan.
–There can be excellent fishing in city waters. Where? Sorry I’m not going to hot spot them.