Date: Tuesday, May 23rd
Time: 4pm – 7pm
Location: Pier 40 at West Street and Houston
Sailing season has officially kicked off and there is no better way to see the NYC skyline, than by one of two vessels operated by Manhattan by Sail. The company operates two beautiful vessels in Lower Manhattan; the Clipper City out of the Battery at Slip 2 and the Shearwater, out of the marina at Brookfield Place – South Side.
One of our favorite outdoor activities in NYC is to embark on a sail on the New York Harbor. Sailing gives you a chance to see the city in a very unique way and gives you perspective that only stepping away from the hustle and bustle can give you. The owner of Manhattan by Sail is Tom Berton, a downtown Dad and has roots in the downtown sailing community since 1988, when he was sailing on a previous vessel, the Petrel. Manhattan by Sail has been in operation since 2001 and they manage two beautiful vessels. The Clipper City, is a tall ship or topsail schooner which boasts a length of 158-ft and its masts and rigging reach 120-ft from the deck. It’s impressive, elegant and the perfect sailing vessel for viewing Lower Manhattan and all that it has to offer. I love the experience of the Clipper City because you are able to walk around the deck and experience different vantage points, without feeling like you are going to topple overboard. It’s the perfect sailing vessel for groups that want to socialize and mingle and great for families of little one’s that want to help the crew raise the sails and feel like a sailor. Catering is available as well.
Manhattan by Sail also operates the Shearwater schooner out of the North Cove Marina. The Shearwater is smaller in size and measures 82-ft in length. The Shearwater is beautiful and visitors will feel the history of the schooner, the moment they set foot on it. The Shearwater sail is an intimate experience because sailors tend to sit and relax, based on its size. Since the schooner can accommodate 49 passengers as opposed to the 149 that the Clipper City can accommodate, it tends to be a sail where you “sit back and relax”. The ship was built in 1929. It has been sailing out of New York since 2001 and is 88 years old, still going strong.
The Manhattan by Sail website lists the daytime and evening sails for both ships and both are available for private sails and group tickets. My kids and I have loved our sails and the views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are definitely picture worthy. If you have visitors in town and they wonder how and why you live in New York City, the best way to answer is by taking them sailing. One sail around New York Harbor will explain why NYC is the best place to live, with the views of the City, the skyline at night and the beauty of Lower Manhattan.
Tune in to our weekly radio show (The Downtowner) on Little Water Radio, every Thursday at 10am. We have a special treat in store for our listeners (thank you awesome listeners for tuning in each week), with our next guest.
We are welcoming Captain Jonathan Boulware, the Executive Director of the South Street Seaport Museum. He is a local resident and a big advocate for the seafaring community and the Seaport community in general. We will be discussing some of the incredible happenings at the Seaport, including the return of the tall ship Wavertree, a gala, historical significance of the Seaport and more.
Date: Thursday, September 22nd
Time: 10am – 11am
FiDi Families Insiders: Check out details on the return of the tall ship Wavertreet!
For more information on the South Street Seaport Museum, visit their website HERE
City Water Day Free Family Festival.
Join FiDi Families at this great event and we are sponsoring a fun activity table, so please stop by and say hello!
The Waterfront Alliance is collaborating with over 900 organizations to bring real change to waterways in shorelines in our area. To raise awareness and have some fun, they are currently preparing for their annual City of Water Day. This free, family-orineted event is a way to celebrate NY and NJ waterfronts. This years event marks the 9th celebration and the region’s biggest harbor festival.
With multiple locations in both states, the event brings thousands of people to the water. The day includes free boat tours, free rowing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, the Con Edison Cardboard Kayak Race, the Waterfront Activity Fair, and Disney Children Activities.
Date: Saturday, July 16th [Read more…]
Manhattan by Sail Front Row Access to Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
Manhattan by Sail is an incredible sailing operation that will be sailing the NY Harbor on 4th of July and tickets are still available for this once in a lifetime experience.
The Shearwater and Clipper City will be on the water, with a great crew, fabulous food and great bartenders, as guests sail and enjoy a spectacular fireworks show, presented by Macy’s.
Date: Monday, July 4th
Time: vary’s based on boat selection
Cost: vary’s based on boat and ticket selection
Ages: All ages welcome
To learn more about the menu, departure times and ticket prices, please visit their event page HERE
The America’s Cup. This event is returning to NY for the first time since 1920. The multi-day sailing event will feature the world’s best sailors racing the fastest boats in NY’s iconic harbor. The race festivities will occur in Battery Park City and the Brookfield Place North Cove Marina. All races will finish just off the plaza.
The Competition entails six teams sailing on behalf of a home country competing in the New York race. Points count towards the final competition for the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda in 2017. The event village and viewing areas will be located at the Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza. There will be entertainment, food vendors, sponsor activity, and hospitality.
This event is free and open to the public and does not require a ticket.
Date: Saturday, May 7th – Sunday, May 8th [Read more…]