The Summer of 2016 may be behind us, but New Yorkers never have a shortage of fun things to see and do in Manhattan when the weather is cooperative. Presented by our friends at Expedia.com, here are six Downtown Manhattan spots to consider spending an off-day around:
Opened over the summer, Westfield’s World Trade Center location is a one-of-a-kind shopping destination featuring many of your favorite stores. Seeking beauty products? There’s Sephora and Mac. Looking for the latest and greatest in technology? Try Apple or Bose. Need a new outfit? John Varvatos, Lacoste, Saks and COS are just a few of the designers stationed at Westfield. And that’s without mentioning the many wonderful dining options — like Choza Taqueria, Eataly or Wasabi — or the breath-taking Oculus.
South Street Seaport was a wonderful destination for decades until Hurricane Sandy damaged it. However, the Howard Hughes Corporation has helped revitalize this historic area, truly bringing something for everyone. Seaport Smorgasburg recently returned for its third season. Seaport Studios Design Market is an innovative retail installation at 19 Fulton Street. iPic Theaters modernizes the movie theater-going experience. Taste Of The Seaport returns on Oct. 15. The Annual Tree Lighting takes place on Nov. 29. There is no shortage of things to do around the Seaport District no matter the time of year.
One need not be religious — or Jewish, even — to appreciate the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Presenting centuries of international history, the museum regularly presents curated live events beyond its exhibits on life and culture. Those hungry from all of that learning will want to try the museum’s new restaurant LOX, as helmed by Chef David Teyf.
Known for its ticketed sightseeing New York City cruises, Classic Harbor Line offers premium sailing experiences around our island’s waters. The latest addition to the Classic Harbor fleet is the Schooner America 2.0, which was introduced in 2010 and is modeled after the iconic ship that won America’s Cup in 1854. All sorts of themed events are presented by Classic Harbor Line — including music and food-centric cruises — ensuring that year-round sailing is worthwhile for locals and visitors alike.
The buildings of the Stone Street Historic District became protected by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1996. Filled with wonderful bars and restaurants — Bavaria Bierhaus, Adrienne’s Pizzabar, and Stone Street Tavern being three examples — outdoor seating is encouraging by many of the establishments when weather permits. The narrow cobblestones also add to the charm of the area which will likely help you forget that you are on the often-noisy island of Manhattan.
A 2,575 square foot pavilion, the SeaGlass Carousel is a carousel like no other. Born through the genius of wxy architecture, this attraction combines art, architecture and music into a destination that will appeal to people of all ages. The 30 massive fiberglass fish on the SeaGlass Carousel were custom-made by Show Canada, mixing beautifully with color-changing LED light fixtures, providing a unique underwater atmosphere for all observers.