5 Ways to Enjoy New York City’s Waterfront

5 Ways to Enjoy New York City’s Waterfront

If you’ve crossed the “Top 50 Things to do in New York City” off your list, that’s great. I bet it was amazing. But there’s so much more to see and do. Start by enjoying some of the wonderful things waiting for you on the city’s waterfront.

1. Take in the New York City skyline from across the Hudson River in Jersey City. It’s a short PATH ride from the World Trade Center station. There’s a riverfront walk where you’ll have unmatched views of Manhattan (night time is incredible). There are coffee shops, cafes and affordable hotels there too.

2. Walk through Battery Park City and stroll along the Hudson River Park esplanade. This tucked away part of the city is quiet and unpretentious. The waterfront is a great place to get your steps in, and you won’t be far from the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Inside, the Lox Cafe has some of the best babka and bagel sandwiches I’ve ever eaten.

3. Go to the beach. On the subway. Did you know there’s real beach access in New York City? If you want some sand under your feet and wave action, check out Rockaway Beach at Jacob Riis Park. There’s a boardwalk, plenty of food vendors and other amenities. It’s also the only legal surfing spot in the boroughs.

4. Check out a revitalized South Street Seaport. Since Superstorm Sandy, this area has been transformed. No longer a tacky tourist trap, you can enjoy some terrific shopping, dining and entertainment at this historic pier close to the Brooklyn Bridge. 10 Corso Como is not to be missed.

5. Walk around Governor’s Island. The 7-minute ferry ride is free and you’ll be rewarded with a 2.2-mile walking loop that gives you gorgeous views of the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan. It’s only open from May-Sept. and is a car-free zone. Enjoy!