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East River Activities


More than anyone, residents of Midtown East know that the East River has an increasing number of offerings along its banks, from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal up to Harlem.

From the quiet prestige of the Upper East Side all the way down to the ever-cool Alphabet City and over to the art enclave that is Williamsburg in Brooklyn, the East River runs through it. Here are five things to do along the East River.

East River Park (

Since its post-9/11 revamp, East River Park is one of the best equipped parks in the whole city, boasting dog runs, a soccer field, handball courts, bicycle paths, walking trails, a basketball court, playgrounds, tennis courts and more.

East River Park is fabulous whether you’re a fitness fanatic, or simply looking for a great spot outside of your Midtown East apartment to have some family fun. On top of all that, there’s even an amphitheater here, which hosts concerts every summer. The views of the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges are phenomenal if you’re in the right places.

Fishing at the 107th Street Pier (

Thanks in part to the fact that a large portion of this 270-foot-long pier has shelter and lighting, and thanks in part to the gorgeous views of the East River visible from this spot, the 107th St Pier—originally built in 1931 for entirely industrial reasons—is popular with fishermen from all over the city.

Yacht Rentals (

Next time you have a party to put together, consider doing it on the East River, with the help of a yacht rental. You can tailor-make your outing, from the food and cocktails served to the size of the boat. It’s certainly a great way to plan a party to remember.

Fun on the East River Ferry (

It’s easy to think of the East River Ferry as simply the easiest way for Williamsburg residents to commute to work in Manhattan every day.

Wrong! The Ferry is the quickest and most fun way to explore multiple boroughs along the East River in a single day. With convenient all-day passes on offer ($12 for adults and children over 5), you can hop on and off the Ferry in as many destinations as you please. Kids will love the boat ride and will enjoy the Pier 1 playground at Brooklyn Bridge Park or perhaps a round of free mini golf on Governor’s Island. And for grown-ups, grabbing drinks at South Street Seaport or boutique shopping on the Williamsburg waterfront are both fun ways to spend an afternoon. The East River Ferry is a great way to skip traffic and subway crowds and enjoy the water while still immersed in city activities.

Dining at Riverpark (

The Riverpark bar and restaurant is a great place to enjoy views of the East River while dining in total elegance—and this Kips Bay eatery is great all year round. In the summer, the patio and terrace are major hotspots for romantic dinners or drinks with friends, but there’s something magical in the winter about gazing out over the river, while safely shielded from the cold, inside Riverpark’s stunning glass façade.

The extra bonus? Chef Sisha Ortúzar and restaurateur Tom Colicchio’s modern American menu is consistently exquisite.



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