For those of you who work in the city – maybe you just want to get home. However, maybe you now mostly work from home and miss your favorite street corner coffee cart guy, or if you are someone who likes the city but doesn’t really get in that much – this is for you. The vibrancy of the city is coming back and the South Street Seaport and Financial District should be high on your list of places to explore.
Why Go There
Let’s start with the South Street Seaport and a sparkling new food destination, The Tin Building, located in the old Fulton Fish Market area. Do you remember the old Fulton Fish Market? Do you remember the smell? Yeah, it’s not like that anymore. The Tin Building is part of the Seaport area that is undergoing a proper refreshing. It’s a gorgeous gourmet grocery! It’s French! And it is also home to about six restaurants, from fast casual to high end, vegan to seafood-focused, French brasserie to a hidden sexy Chinese dim sum parlor and everything in between. There are several bars tucked around, a coffee bar and a gorgeous ice cream and candy shop. Yes, it is all about beautiful food in a beautiful scene, brought to you by acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who clearly loves the city with this gift of a place. Wander around and bring your curiosity and appetite.
The Tin Building: 96 South St, New York, NY 10038; www.tinbuilding.com
From there, stroll over to Pier 17, which is undergoing a complete renovation. What you’ll find is an amazing rooftop concert venue, The Greens rooftop bar & restaurant, a steakhouse, The Fulton (another Jean-George Vongerichten restaurant), Dante’s Negroni Bar – all with killer views of the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge. Catch a boat ride around New York Harbor with “Manhattan By Sail”, which docks right there. Or just have a seat along the waterfront and take it all in.
The Seaport is all decked out for the holidays! Get into the spirit and take a spin at The Ice Rink, which is free! Skate rentals available for a fee or bring your own. Making memories – complimentary.
More to Explore
Since you’re in the neighborhood, take the time to explore the many layers of history at the southern tip of Manhattan. Highlights include:
- The Oculus – Like the wings of a dove in building form, located at The World Trade Center site. It is a stunning transportation and shopping hub.
- Pay your respects at the 9/11 Memorial.
- Explore the historic churchyard of Trinity Church and visit the final resting place of Alexander Hamilton.
- Stroll by the New York Stock Exchange and Federal Hall.
- Stop by Delmonico’s – said to be New York City’s first proper restaurant (temporarily closed).
- Create your own pub crawl: grab a pint at lively Irish pub The Dead Rabbit, then take a one-minute stroll around the corner to Fraunces Tavern, established in 1762. From there, cross over to Stone Street, said to be New York’s first cobblestone paved street (1658). It is now a lively pedestrian zone lined with an assortment of bars and restaurants.
Getting There from Here – Boats, Trains & Automobiles
– Train it: Take the PATH from Newark Penn Station or Hoboken NJ Transit Terminal to the WTC stop and walk. NJ Transit train from Montclair Bay St. to Hoboken is also an option (then take the PATH or Ferry from there), but be sure to check the schedule – trains are not as frequent on the weekends.
– By Boat: NY Waterway Ferry from Hoboken NJ Transit Terminal or from Port Imperial/Weehawken to Manhattan Brookfield Place/Battery Park City and head towards The Oculus.
– Drive: Check Google Maps, pick your favorite, less congested tunnel, drive in and park at one of several lots in the area. Use the app “Spot Hero” to get a good price on a convenient garage.
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