Before the Sail

Before the Sail

Tribeca Sailing is aware of these difficult and trying times, given the current conditions regarding the pandemic.  You can take comfort in knowing that our boat will be disinfected before after every charter.  At the end of the day we will wash the whole boat with a marine specific product called Spray Nine Marine Cleaner & Disinfectant. Spray Nine Disinfectant is designated as an EPA-registered Hospital Grade Disinfectant based on its demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19.

If you are looking for the safest mode of transportation to sight see around New York Harbor (compared to overcrowded ferries and large tour boats) that a private up to six passenger charter with Tribeca Sailing remains your best option.

For further safety when visiting us, please bring and wear your own masks.  We have plenty for use if you can not provide your own.  You will be asked to sign a waiver and will be provided hand sanitizer before and after signing.  You must social distance on the boat, unless you have been cohabiting already.  There is plenty of room on board.  Your captain will be required to wear a mask.  If you have any further concerns or questions please feel free to contact us.

  • Charters are all private so just you and your party will be on board.
  • Captain and crew will be required to wear face masks while within 6 feet of guests.
  • Tara will be disinfected before and after each charter.
  • Hand sanitizer will be readily available
  • Employees are screened before the start of each work day.

We sail in weather conditions of all kinds–rain, heat, cold, snow, and more– provided that it’s safe to do so. We will not sail in adverse weather conditions that are a threat to your safety. We track and monitor weather conditions hourly and we will make every effort to contact you two hours prior to your sail if adverse conditions will affect your sail. Sometimes, adverse weather conditions can come on suddenly and result in last-minute cancellations, even after you have arrived at the dock. On the day of your sail, if you have any questions regarding the weather, please give us a call. Please note that long-term forecasts are incorrect 99% of the time. Only the captain of the vessel will be able to cancel a sail.

Please refer to our Terms, Conditions, Weather and Cancellation Policy for more details.

Find us at North Cove Marina, 225 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10281.
Located in Battery Park City on the corner of Liberty Street and South End Avenue.

To the boat
Descend the ramp at the corner of Liberty Street and South End Avenue. (The ramp is behind a security barrier with word STOP on the front.) You will see three large flagpoles at the bottom of the ramp. Our sailboat, the Tara, is located in the middle of the first dock at the bottom of the ramp. Keep an eye out for the Tribeca Sailing sign located on the lower walkway.

Subway directions:
Our dock is a 12-15 minute walk from multiple subway stops.

Take the:

  • 1 to World Trade Center-Cortlandt
    This is the closest subway line. Walk underground directly to Brookfield Place and exit to the Marina
  • E to World Trade Center
    Walk underground directly to Brookfield Place and exit to the Marina
  • R to Cortlandt Street
    Walk underground directly to Brookfield Place and exit to the Marina
  • 4/5/6 to Fulton Street
    Walk underground directly to Brookfield Place and exit to the Marina
  • A/C/2/3 to Chambers Street
    These are the furthest stops

PATH train to the World Trade Center stop (Walk underground directly to Brookfield Place and exit to the Marina)

Taxi
Tell your driver that you’re heading to Liberty Street and South End Avenue in Battery Park City. For easy drop off, as you approach, ask your driver to drop you off inside the roundabout at 225 Liberty Street.

Lyft or Uber
Input 225 Liberty Street as your destination and ask your driver to drop you off inside the roundabout at 225 Liberty Street.

Parking
The closest parking is Gateway Garage, 339 South End Ave, NY, NY 10280. From the West Side Highway (West Street) turn on to Liberty Street and then make a left turn on South End Avenue. Gateway Garage is located on the left just before the security booth to Gateway Plaza. 

Valet parking is available at Brookfield Place. Enter the roundabout on the corner of Liberty Street and South End Avenue.

Water Ferries: 5-minute walk

World Financial Center Terminal

The closest parking available is Gateway Plaza Garage at 339 South End Avenue New York, NY 10280.

Valet parking is available at Brookfield Place. Enter the roundabout on the corner of Liberty Street and South End Avenue.

Street parking is very limited in Battery Park City.

Sailors should dress for safety, comfort, and weather.

In spring and fall, dress in layers and bring a jacket or sweatshirt; it can be cooler at sea than on land.

In summer, bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. We provide spray jackets if the weather turns or you need an extra layer.

For safety and comfort, soft-soled shoes like boat shoes or sneakers are the preferred footwear aboard the Tara. You will be asked to go barefoot for safety reasons if you wear hard-soled shoes or high heels on board.

You’re also welcome to bring aboard your own food and drinks. We recommend keeping food to snacks and easy-to-eat items like sandwiches (we do not have a full table on board). Drinks can include alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Prior to your sail, a member of the Tribeca Sailing staff, or even the Captain himself, will greet you on the dock, and introduce him or herself and our sailing vessel. All passengers will participate in a safety briefing, sign release forms, and, if desired or required, don life jackets. (See below for more information on life jacket requirements.) We’ll then climb aboard, get settled, and set sail.

While life jackets are not required for passengers over 12, Tribeca Sailing strongly recommends the use of our U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets for all passengers while on board. Passengers age 12 and under are required by New York and New Jersey state laws to wear life jackets while sailing. Parents or guardians are responsible for determining if their minors between the ages of 13-17 must wear a life jacket. We carry and will provide a life jacket to any passenger wishing to wear one.

While children under five years old are welcome aboard the Tara, it’s been our experience that they’re a little bit too young to fully enjoy the experience. Children under five also find life jackets to be uncomfortable or constraining. 

We do not recommend our sails for children under two years old.

Seasickness or motion sickness can often be avoided by keeping your head up, looking at the horizon, keeping fresh air in your face, and staying active while on board. We recommend that you never go into the cabin if you suffer from motion sickness.

Ginger pills, motion sickness wrist bands, and doctor-prescribed patches can all help mitigate seasickness. Over-the-counter seasickness medications should be taken two hours before your sail to allow the medication to take effect. Please consult your doctor before choosing your seasickness remedy.

Drinking alcohol before or during your sail can increase your risk of seasickness.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled sail time.  

If you are running late for your private sail, we will wait for you before departing. Please note that we will conclude your sail at the previously scheduled finishing time so that we may stay on schedule.

If you are running late, please call 917-593-2281 to notify us as soon as possible.

We do! John Marolakos Photography  is our favorite on-board photographer. He can be reached at 917-815-3972 or at JohnMarolakos@gmail.com.

Cancellation Policies

  • Cancellations 15 days or more prior to sail will receive a refund minus a 15% service fee.
  • Cancellations within 5 to 15 days of sail are eligible for rescheduling until October 31 of the next year’s sailing season. No refund will be made available.
  • Cancellations within 5 days of sail are not eligible for rebooking or refunds. 
  • If you cannot make your sail for any reason (for example, illness, lost luggage, traffic, delayed subways, etc), you will be able to join any of our public, non-private sail that has seats available. You must book this new sail within two hours of the new sail time. For example, if the 6pm sail already has two people booked you may request to join that sail after 4pm.  This offer is valid for the same year of your originally booked sail and will expire on October 31 of that same year. 

Weather Policies

  • Tribeca Sailing NYC reserves the right to cancel any sail due to adverse weather conditions. Adverse conditions include but are not limited to: excessive winds, thunder and lightning storms, and other extreme conditions.  We will make every attempt to notify you of a sail cancellation two hours prior to your sail. There may be times when we are not able to contact you with two hours’ notice and a sail may be cancelled even after you’ve arrived at the marina. Only the captain of the vessel can cancel a sail due to weather conditions.
  • If Tribeca Sailing NYC cancels your sail due to adverse weather conditions, you will receive an email voucher valid until October 31 of the following sailing season. If your entire party has arrived in New York by air and cannot book another sail during your stay, we will make exceptions to our cancellation policy and offer you a full refund minus a 15% service fee.
  • Please note that we will sail under the following conditions: light rain, cloudy skies, cold or hot temperatures, and humid conditions, small craft warnings. Click here for more details.

Terms and Conditions

  • Rebooked sails cannot be changed or cancelled for any reason.  Rebooked sails are for sails of equal or lesser value to the originally booked sail. You may upgrade with an additional charge to any sail of more value.  Rebooked sail of lesser value will not receive a refund but Tribeca Sailing will grant credit for another sail valid until the end of the following sailing season.
  • Tribeca Sailing NYC is not responsible for last-minute mechanical failures. If your sail is cancelled for mechanical reason you will receive a full refund.
  • The length of time for each sail is flexible due to tides, winds, and other weather conditions beyond our control. Tribeca Sailing NYC cannot be held responsible for sails that end earlier or later than scheduled.  There are no full or partial refunds for sails ending prior to the scheduled arrival time.
  • All passengers, parents or guardians are required to sign a release form. No passenger is permitted to sail without signing the release form.  Refusal to sign a release form will not result in a refund.
  • Life jackets and safety: While life jackets are not required for passengers over 12, Tribeca Sailing NYC strongly recommends the use of our U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets for all passengers while on board. Passengers 12 and under 3 are required by New York and New Jersey state law to wear life jackets while sailing, and parents or guardians are responsible for determining if their minors between the ages of 13-17 must wear a life jacket. We will provide a life jacket to any passenger wishing to wear one. The person booking the sailing tour for a group is required to share our life jacket policy with all members of their group.
  • Passengers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Infants and children regardless of age are considered a part of the six-person maximum.  This is requirement by the United State Coast Guard.
  • Tribeca Sailing NYC has a two-person minimum for any departure. We cannot sail with just one person unless written approval has been granted prior to making the reservation.
  • Gift certificates are non-refundable.
  • Gift certificates are valid until the end of the following sailing season regardless of the time stamp on certificate. For example if purchased May of 2020, the certificate is valid until October 31 of the 2021 sailing season.  All gift certificates have a face value and may require additional payment if set prices are increased.
  • Privacy Policy and Personal Information: During registration on this website, we may collect personal contact and/or transaction-related information for Tribeca Sailing NYC use only. We may also collect certain website usage data.  We will not sell, share, or otherwise distribute this information to any third party without your consent and knowledge.

On Aboard

Absolutely! And we’ll take measures to ensure your safety during your sail. Our team of captains and staff monitor weather and sailing conditions prior to setting sail, and all passengers will participate in a safety briefing before leaving the marina.

While life jackets are not required for passengers over 12, Tribeca Sailing strongly recommends the use of our U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets for all passengers while on board. Passengers age 12 and under 3 are required by New York and New Jersey state law to wear life jackets while sailing. Parents or guardians are responsible for determining if their minors between the ages of 13-17 must wear a life jacket. We will provide a life jacket to any passenger who wishes to wear one.  We always carry approved life vests on board.

Of course! You’re welcome to bring light snacks or prepared foods on board the Tara. We recommend packing as if you’re going on a picnic–limited glass items, easy-to-eat sandwiches and snacks, and resealable containers–for convenience and safety. We provide small plates, plastic cups, utensils, and a wine opener.

For top-quality takeaway snacks and drinks nearby, we recommend Le District and Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place. Interested in delivery? Check out Perfect Picnic NYC (perfectpicnicnyc.com). Their team will deliver directly to the Tara.

Indeed! Adults over 21 years of age may bring alcohol on board. We do ask that you try to limit the amount of glass items you bring on board, and we will provide plastic cups for your drinks. Your best bets for alcohol nearby are below.

Cold beer: Gristedes at 315 South End Avenue, about a block and a half from the marina

Wine pickup or delivery: Vintry Fine Wines at 230 Murray Street. 212-240-9553

Wine pickup: Bulls & Bears Winery at 309 South End Avenue

Craft beer and cider: Le District in Brookfield Place

Please drink responsibly while on board and always.

Our sailboat, the Tara, is certified by the U.S. Coast Guard for no more than six (6) passengers, and by law, we cannot surpass that number. Children and babies are included in the six passengers count. This is a USCG regulation.

For larger groups, please check out the Sailing Yacht Ventura (10-25 passengers) or NY Media Boat for (7-12 passengers).

The Tara has bathroom facilities for limited use. We recommend using the public facilities in Brookfield Place prior to climbing on board.

Absolutely! Weather and safety permitting, we can allow you to take the wheel and learn the ins and outs of sailing. Our captains love nothing more than to share their passion for sailing with you.

Tribeca Sailing provides bottled water for everyone on board. You’re welcome to bring other beverages for your sail and we do have cups for wine. We ask that you limit the amount of glass items you bring.

Any bags, backpacks, or personal items can be stowed inside the cabin. Computers and delicate electronics should not be brought on board. Tribeca Sailing cannot assume responsibility for personal items stowed inside the cabin or anywhere on the vessel. All personal items brought on board are at your own risk. Tribeca Sailing is not responsible for any items that fall overboard.

Yes. Please feel free to connect to our Bluetooth speaker during your private sail with Tribeca Sailing.

After the Sail

After the Sail

 

Close to the Marina
Le’District: Inside Brookfield Place
Pick up a lunch, dinner or snacks for the boat. Very good quality and fast service.

Hudson Eats: Upstairs from Le’District inside Brookfield Place
High end food court with many delectable choices.

Shake Shack: 215 Murray St, (646) 545-4600
Short walk from Pier 25, Great Shakes and Burgers a must while in NYC

Seamore’s: Inside Brookfield Place
Great Seafood and fantastic Poke!

Manhatta: 28 Liberty Street, 60th Floor, 212-230-5788
Okay everyone must go here.  If you didn’t make advanced reservations (recommended) go to the bar for a drink and if you like eat there as well.  When I went the chef’s, table was free for a walk in and we had a fantastic meal.  Oh, did I mention the best view even compared to Top of the Rock, World Trade 1 and Empire State Building!!!!!!  No fee just for drinks for the most inspiring NYC view what else could you ask for!!!!!!

Big Al’s9 Thames St, 212-964-3269
Best by the slice local pizza in Lower Manhattan.

Inatteso Pizzabar Casano: 28 West St. (212-267-8000)
Short walk from the Marina, fresh pasta dishes and yes pizza.

Stone Street: Short walk from the marina.
Historic area with great bars and restaurants

Adrienne’s Pizzabar: 54 Stone St, (212) 228-2800
Great for dinner or lunch and has outdoor seating.

Tribeca Grill:  375 Greenwich St. (212-941-3900)
Short walk from the marina, solid great food.

Leo’s Bagels: 3 Hanover Square, (212) 785-4700
Authentic NY Bagels.

Xian Famous Food: 8 Liberty Pl, No phone available
Asian cuisine with creativity.  I have not eaten hear but hearing fantastic things from people I trust.  Multiple city locations.  Try it and let me know.  Seems to be one of those true only in NYC places to eat!

Theater District
Becco: 355 W 46th St, (212) 397-7597
As a New Yorker, I would never and I mean never go to Times Square.  However, this is one eatery that I would venture to eat for dinner.  This will sound cheesy but the “All You Can Eat Pasta Special is FANTASTIC!  They also have a great $25 wine list that is quite good.  Can get very busy.

db Bistro Moderne: 55 W 44th St, (212) 391-2400
Fantastic go to pre-theater or just in the neighborhood.

Hide-Chan Ramen: 314 W 53rd St, (212) 969-0066
Excellent and inexpensive noodles

Sushiden:  6th Ave:123 W 49th St, 212-398-2800
Theater District, Excellent Sushi

Breakfast
Moonstruck Diner: 400 W. 23rd Street2129243709
Perfect Breakfast and half the price of your hotel!

Buvette:  42 Grove St, West Village
Yummy fancy Breakfast / Brunch

Cookshop: 156 10th Avenue (20th Street); 212-924-4440
Typical American style brunch with over 24 varieties of Bloody Marys.

La Mercerie: 53 Howard Street (Mercer Street); 212-852-9097
Pricy but the food is just perfection.  Breakfast until 12pm.

Chinese Delights
Xi’an: Chinese/Asian family, run Under $15pp with multiple locations in NYC, all just as good as the original in Flushing.  If you want Chinese / Asian, this is your spot where ever you are in NYC.

Tim Ho Wan: 85 4th Ave., (212) 608-4170
Worlds least expensive Michelin star restaurant.  Reservations are a must and book early.

Super Taste Noodles: 26 Eldridge St, (646) 283-0999
Hand pulled noodles and amazing steamed dumplings

Wah Fung Fast Food: 79 Chrystie St, (212) 925-5175
Amazing and cheap BBQ pork and crispy pork belly. Be prepared to wait in line.

Vanessa’s Dumpling House: 118A Eldridge Street (212) 625-8008 or 220 East 14th Street (212) 529-1329
Excellent dumplings, just expect a some rough service but worth it.

Café China: 13 E. 37th St. 212-213-2810
Have not tried personally but hear its fabulous.

High End (Worth Every Penny)
Get your reservations early, also lunch walk-ins available and how I recommend trying these fabulous restaurants.

Gramercy Tavern: 42 E 20th St, (212) 477-0777
High End, my personal favorite in Manhattan. New American food. Dinner reservations almost impossible to get.
Walk in for lunch in the bar area.

The Modern: 9 W 53rd St, (212) 333.1220
High End, New American food. Reservations hard to get but try the bar area.

Tocqueville: 1 E 15th St, (212) 647-1515
Just fantastic in every way.

Maialino: 2 Lexington Ave, (212) 777-2410
Best high-end Italian style in the city.  OMG the Braised Suckling Pig……

Pizza
Una Pizza Napoletana: 175 Orchard Street, between Houston and Stanton
Just does not get better than this.  Arrive early as once the dough runs out pizza is done for the night!

Di Fara Pizza: 1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn (718-258-1367)
Pizza Royalty made by a master.

Nicks Pizza: 108-26 Ascan Avenue, Forest Hills (718) 263-1126
My favorite in NYC worth the subway ride. You have to have the Cannoli for desert.

Bleeker Street Pizza: 69 7th Ave South, (212) 924-4466)
Don’t expect a fancy place by the slice for the most part, just like I remember growing up.

Johns Pizza: 278 Bleecker St, (212) 243-1680
Better than most. Sit down only.

Joes: 7 Carmine St, (212-366-1182)
By the slice and how all other pizza joints are measured.

Brooklyn
Claro: 284 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, 347-721-3126  Mexican that is low key, off the beaten path and this is why you come to NYC to eat.

St. Anselm : 355 Metropolitan Avenue, 718.384.5054
Excellent Steak House and place for meat.

Atrium DUMBO: 15 Main Street, Brooklyn, (718) 858-1095
Organic Farm-Raise Sasso Chicken for Two- is an absolute must eat.

Brooklyn Flea Food Market: Smorgasburg
Saturdays: Williamsburg, East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave. (at N. 7th),
Sundays: Prospect Park, Breeze Hill (at Lincoln Rd.)
Must do for lunch.

Homtown Barbque: 454 Van Brunt Street (Red Hook) (347) 294-4644
Take the Ikea / Red Hook ferry from Pier 11 Wall Streen.  Short walk from the Red Hook Terminal.  Fantastic BB! I highly reccomend!

Frankies 457 Spuntino: 457 Court Street, Brooklyn, (718) 403-0033
Great italian restaurant, worth the trip to Brooklyn.

Mazolla’s Bakery: 192 Union Street, Carrol Garden, Brooklyn, (718) 643-1719
Old school Italian bakery with great lard bread

Mayfields: 688 Franklin Ave, Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Michelin Star restaurant, new American/kinda southern food.

Grand Army Bar: 336 State St, Brooklyn, 718-422-7867
Great ambiance with both a strong beer and cocktail list. Also solid oysters.

Nitehawk Cinema Williamsburg:  136 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, info@nitehawkcinema.com
Surprisingly good food for a movie theater.

David’s Brisket House: 533 Nostrand Ave, Crown Heights, Brooklyn, (718) 789-1155
Little storefront deli that has been there forever, with the best pastrami in the city according to Captain Sam, Grab a sandwich and walk to Prospect Park.

Casa Enrique – 5-48 49th Ave, Long Island City (Queens),347-448-6040
Traditional Mexican flair bursting with flavor. Worth the trip to LIC.

Manhattan (From Lower Manhattan to Upper Manhattan)
Seamore’s: 390 Broome St, 212-730-6005 or 161 8th Ave (at 18th), 212-597-9222
OMG, just ate there and the fish is FANTASTIC!  Must get the Poke appitizer.

Jeju Noodle Bar679 GREENWICH ST 646-666-0947
Korean and very special.

Via Carota:  51 Grove St, No reservations
Tuscan Italian

Buvette: 42 Grove Street, between Bedford and Bleecker Streets in the West Village, (212) 255-3590
Wonderful French comfort food.

Russ and Daughters Cafe: 127 Orchard Street between Rivington and Delancey, (212) 475-4880
Cafe with old school city character, fantastic Challah Bread Pudding.

Wildair: 142 Orchard Street, (646) 964-5624
Eclectic neo-bistro  – Just go you will not be disappointed.

Carbone: 181 Thompson Street, between Bleecker & Houston, No phone reservations
Italian Authentic and delicious.

Uncle Boon’s: 7 Spring Street, 646-370-6650
Best Thai in NYC, well worth the wait in line but get there early.

Hirohisa: 73 Thompson St, (212) 925-1613
Japanese

Tomoe Sushi: 172 Thompson St, (212) 777-9346
Best Value for quality Sushi in NYC

Nix – 72 University Place, 212-498-9393
Vegetarian must do.

Arturo’s: 106 West Houston St, (212) 677-3820
Old school family restaurant, simply the best.

Pear Oyster Bar:  18 Cornelia Street, (212) 691-8211
LOBSTER ROLL EXTRAORDINAIRE!  I really like this place as it seems family run and just fantastic food.  Love the ultra thin shoe string fries!  Does not accept reservations.

Los Tacos No. 1: 75 9th Ave (Chelsea Market) (212) 256-0343
Look all you tourists have ruined Chelsea Market for us New Yorkers but if you must go the Tacos are world famous!

Corner Bistro: 331 W 4th St, (212) 242-9502
Fantastic Burger and a beer.  Captain David’s favorite burger.

Jewel Bako: 239 E. 5TH STREET (212) 979-1012
One of my favorite Sushi places still going strong after all these years.

Superiority430 E. 9th Street, (212) 256-1192
Vegetarian and I hear even non-vegetarians will love their burger.

Eak Raman – 469 Avenue of the Americas (11th street),  646-863-2027
Raman, need I say more!

Da Andrea NYC: 35 W 13th St.,  212-367-1979
Local neighborhood, inexpensive, comfort Italian.  Family run and fantastic in everyway.

Eilsenberg’s Sandwich Shop: Fifth Avenue between East 22nd and 23rd Street, (212) 675-5069
Best grilled cheese in NYC.

Junoon: 27 W 24th St, (212) 490 2100
Indian

The Clocktower: 5 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010, 212-413-4300
A great NYC place to visit, have a drink or dine.  If you go for drinks ask for the guide that explains all the photographs.  Very expensive for dinner but worth visiting for the atmosphere.

2nd Ave Deli: 162 East 33rd Street, (212) 737-1700
Best Corned Beef and Pastrami in NYC. No need to be sad about Carnegie Deli

Salumeria Rosi: 283 Amsterdam Ave. NY (at 73rd Street), (212) 877-4800
My new favorite Italian eatery.  Original, fresh tapas style Italian.  Reservations a must.

Absolute Bagels: 2788 Broadway. NY, (212) 93202052
Best Bagel in NYC and work the extra effort to get there.

Charles’ Country Pan-Fried Chicken: 2461 Frederick Douglass Blvd, (212) 281-1800
Harlem soul food institution

Desert
Chinatown Ice Cream Factory: 65 Bayard St, (212) 608-4170
OMG you gotta try it. My favorites are the cocoanut fudge and pumpkin.

Veniero Pastry: 342 E 11th St, (212) 674-7070
The real deal, love those éclairs

ChikaLicious: 203 E 10th Street, 212-995-9511
Just the perfect desert experience for real foodies!  Not something you will experience anywhere else!

Sugar Sketch: 172 East 2ndrd Street, (646) 922-7272
CUPCAKES!!!!!!!!!

Little Italy
Do not eat there!

Rooftop Bars
Rooftop Bars, all based on a current 2019 NY Times review so enjoy and let me know how they are!

Arlo SoHo Hotel: 231 Hudson Street (Canal Street), 646-518-8882
“The spot to catch the sun setting over the Hudson with a cheeky poptail.”

Freehand New York: 23 Lexington Avenue (23rd Street), 212-475-1920
“Used to be an old artists’ enclave; today it is a hub for creative spirits of a different kind.”

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue (East 82nd Street), 212-535-7710
Free for New Yorkers, out of towners must pay admission fee. Sip cocktails by new art exhibits every year.

Aliz Hotel Times Square: 310 West 40th Street (Eighth Avenue)
“Highest rooftop bar in NYC with a glamorous, James Bond-inspired bar.”

Sister City hotel: 225 Bowery (Rivington Street), 646-343-4500
“Well-made cocktail like the sweet-tart strawberry rhubarb caipirinha, but a night at Last Light is all about the vibe.”

3 Mitchell Place: (First Avenue); 212-980-4796
“A glamorous Art Deco-inspired rooftop bar. Two trim balconies offer unhindered views of the East River and Queens.”

Park South Hotel: Entrance is on 125 East 27th Street (Lexington Avenue); 212-204-5222
“An intimate setting without much of a view, but the excellent bar, pouring slushy, overproof-rum piña coladas and a dedicated kitchen.”

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge: 60 Furman Street (Doughty Street), 347-696-2505
I send everyone there because of the view! “Unrivaled views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty.” There is a cover charge.

The Williamsburg Hotel: 96 Wythe Avenue (North 10th Street); 718-362-8100
“Gaze over the East River inside of a structure modeled after, you guessed it, a water tower.”

The William Vale Hotel: 111 North 12th Street (Wythe Avenue); 718-307-7100
“You get true 360-degree views of New York City, a long line to enter but worth it.”

Tipping is optional and never expected but always appreciated.