When summer strikes in New York, head to the piers. From Piers 25 and 26, there’s a whole different side of the city to explore.
Pier 25: For the best waterfront table in town
A long, sleek wooden schooner with tall ship masts, Sherman Zwicker is the last original saltbank vessel of its kind. It’s also the home of Grand Banks, a restaurant helmed by chef Kerry Heffernan (literally). Those with an oyster habit are going to want to board immediately and slurp down both West and East coasts bivalves on the deck. Season runs through October.
Pier 26: For the best water adventure … and it’s free
Downtown Boathouse wants to get people onto the water—their mechanism for doing so is to provide kayaks, lifejackets, and lessons free of charge for 20 minutes. It’s a taste that may very well get you hooked. The kayaks are available at Downtown Boathouse on weekends for most of the day; and on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 till 6:30 pm.