Posted by: sforshner | August 13, 2008

how bout a day trip to new york?

I met an old friend I hadn’t seen in a while last night at the Publick House in Brookline and over Allagash White Ales, we spontaneously decided to go to New York next Friday, provided the weather isn’t horrible.

I have the day off, for no other reason than I don’t want summer to go by without me having taken a day off, and Maureen has the day off because it is her final week of nothingness before she begins graduate school.

So, it’s no surprise that when I got home and scanned my google reader, this Associated Press story picked up on – Have Fun in NYC Without Spending a Bundle – jumped out at me. Here are some things I didn’t know about…

Take the No. 1 train to the South Ferry stop and hop on the Staten Island ferry. It’s free and offers fantastic views of the Statue of Liberty and city skyline, not to mention the manmade waterfalls on the East River, in place through Oct. 13.

Free ferries to Governors Island also offer waterfall views with boats Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 12.

This one wouldn’t be an option for me because of the far notice, but it is definitely good to know…

Big Apple Greeters offers free, personalized tours led by volunteers who love sharing their inside knowledge of the city. Request the neighborhood of your choice or let them surprise you with an authentic corner of the city you might otherwise never see. Reserve three to four weeks ahead.

Good old Seth Kugel at the New York Times also came through with some non-traditional, creative gifts I could take back…

…You also could do worse than picking out a bottle or two of New York State wine, the specialty of Vintage New York in SoHo.

Brooklyn is a good decade into its 15 minutes of fame, so the messenger bags from Brooklyn Industries, an upscale chain of clothing stores with a Brooklyn rooftop logo, is a good choice.

By the way, they also have sharply discounted New York City books, including gift-ready classics like the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Gotham: a History of New York City to 1898,” and “The Encyclopedia of New York City.”

Now checking…



  1. The ferry’s not the only thing that’s free on Governors Island! Since you’re coming over on a Friday, make sure you check out a free bike. Every Friday we have a program called “Free Bike Fridays, that makes all bike rentals free for the first hour. Bike surreys aren’t free, but they’re really fun. The National Parks Service also gives free tours of the Historic District. Sorry we can’t do anything about the weather. Visit us at for more info. Have fun!

  2. if you’re looking for a great place to eat, check out Sylvia’s in Harlem. some of the best soul food i’ve ever had and it’s visited frequently by celebs (which always tickles my fancy!)

  3. i love the publick house! im going there with fellow blogger julie tonight! did you get the mac and cheese?!

  4. I just got back from an overnight trip to New York (Bolt Bus… $30 round trip WITH free wifi and outlets for crying out loud.

    Anyway… we ate at this restaurant called S’Mac ( on E12th between 1st and 2nd. Speaking of mac and cheese, they serve that for like 10 bucks for a huge frying pan of it. I got buffalo chicken. I ate it for lunch today too… yummy!

  5. The free tour thing sounds awesome. I wish I was close enough to take a day trip there– I haven’t been in years.

  6. I love New York in the summer. It’s always fun to end your day with a quick trip on the subway to Coney Island. Everyone needs to ride the Cyclone at least once in their lives!

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