Cruise Around

Not to alarm you, but there are only so many weekends left this summer. For New Yorkers, this means a mad dash (or leisurely stroll) to check off items from warm-weather wish lists. Rooftop brunches, park picnics, and outdoor music festivals are obviously obligatory for any local who loves getting outside, but what about hitting the water? After all, residents of the 70 Charlton SoHo condos are only a quick walk away from one of the city’s best natural features: the Hudson River.

And taking advantage of your proximity to those shimmering waters doesn’t have to be daunting. Let someone else take the wheel; namely, Sunsets on the Hudson Cruises. Conveniently, the take-off point for Sunsets on the Hudson Cruises is Pier 40, which is near the 70 Charlton residences. With a little planning, you and your friends will be treated to an often-overlooked view of the city: from the water.

If your work week is brutal, and you tend to look forward to happy hour on Friday with a desire that borders on the extreme, first of all, you’re not alone. Secondly, you may want to book a few tickets for the Friday Night Sunset Happy Hour. Hosted on the Hornblower Yacht, a vessel with two levels and an observation deck, the cruise will take you along all of the city’s iconic sights, from the Statue of Liberty to the Empire State Building. For a blissfully long ride, don’t worry about where you’re headed or how you’ll get there. Instead, head to the fully stocked bar on board and order your favorite drink. Lean on the railing and watch the city glide past, bathed in that lovely golden-hour light. The cruise boards at 6:30 pm and returns to the dock at 10:30 pm.

We all need to let loose sometimes, and a Saturday night out on the city is usually a sure bet for a memorable time. But if you want to bring your nightlife experience to the next level, Sunsets on the Hudson Cruises has an answer for that, too. Their Saturday Night Party Cruise, which is also hosted on the Hornblower, takes party-goers by the Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty, among other sights. The only line you’ll wait in is to get on the boat, and after that, it’s a solid four hours of dancing and drinking, with the city lights sparkling around you. If you think the city looked impressive from your last visit to a rooftop bar, try looking at it from the water; a point of view that makes the urbanscape seem even more looming and powerful. Board this cruise at 8:30 pm and return at midnight.

Sometimes, the summer seems to blow by in a whirlwind of activity. You might as well bid it farewell in style. The End of Summer All White Yacht Party aims to do just that. It’s held on the deluxe Serenity Yacht, a vessel that boasts three floors, multiple bars, and an expansive observation deck. Numerous add-on options are available, including access to the full buffet and a bottle of top-shelf liquor. If you must wave goodbye to long warm days, it’s best to do it on a dance floor, on a boat, on the Hudson.