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Exploring North Cove Marina

A blue yacht on the water in a marina with other docked boats.

In the shadow of the Freedom Tower, North Cove Marina, a small-but-beautiful harbor, sits pristinely along the shores of the Hudson River. When it comes to sailing and sightseeing along the water, this is one of the spots you’ll want to watch, as a good number of yacht companies charter excursions from this cozy dock, and with spring officially here, this is the time you’ll want to get out on the water for a lovely day (or evening) of adventure.

Beyond that, though, North Cove Marina and the surrounding neighborhood are just great places to explore, so today, we’re going to be taking a look not only at the Marina itself and the sightseeing companies that inhabit it, but the sights and sounds of the broader area, so you can familiarize yourself with this little slice of Manhattan should you decide to venture down there in the near future.

North Cove Marina: The Basics

North Cove Marina is a popular destination for yachts to dock, as you may have already guessed, and this is indeed one of the main attractions you’ll find here. When IGY Marinas took control of management for North Cove, they noted that this area is part of the “cornerstone of yachting in New York City,” and that it had a capacity to “host a diversity of vessels.” This is reflected in the number of different sailing and tour companies that operate out of the location, like Tribeca Sailing.

Tribeca offers up those “classic sailboat” tours of NYC harbors, aboard a smaller six-passenger vessel (The S/V Tara, a 1964 Hinckley Custom Pilot 35 sailboat) that offers a bit more intimacy and camaraderie. Starting at North Cove, this tour offers views of all the hotspots, like Freedom Tower, Governor’s Island, Ellis Island, and of course, the Statue of Liberty.

Then you have the more “adventure oriented” tours from operations like NY Media Boat, that take you out on sleek, US Navy-designed vessels, helmed by Coast Guard-licensed captains who will get you near all the best landmarks for a great photo opportunity.

And of course, there are also big yacht tours for those luxurious evenings out, like those provided by Classic Harbor Line. This is the sailing experience for those that love the finer things and enjoy like-minded company as they leisurely float across the NYC waters.

But North Cove Marina isn’t all about the boating, there are the views, of course, but even places to stop and grab a drink or quick bite to eat, like The Terrace, and a relaxing afternoon just “sitting by the dock” is more than a distinct possibility here.

Venturing Beyond North Cove Marina

Just around North Cove Marina, there are tons of great restaurants, shops, parks, and city landmarks to discover. Just east of the Marina, for instance, you’ll find Pumphouse Park, a calm and quiet recreational area with plenty of trees and flowers to rest beneath as you enjoy a peaceful day. Just south of that, you’ll find a piece of the Berlin Wall, out in the open and ready for that photo opportunity.

If you’re looking for more little bits of history like that, you can head further east, where you’ll find the World Trade Center site and 9/11 Memorial. While you’re over there, you owe it to yourself to check out One World Observatory, the 100th - 102nd floors of One World Trade Center, where the exhibits and lovely restaurant are there for you to enjoy. Imagine, dining high above the city, with New York’s impressive skyline in the background? It’s an experience you’ll have to try at least once in your life, but remember you’ll need reservations, and will have to make these 30 days in advance of your visit.

If you head just north of the North Cove Marina, you’ll encounter the Irish Hunger Memorial, a monument commemorating the Great Irish Famine. It’s contained in a small 0.5-acre park area, but the history it contains is huge (The Great Hunger, if you weren’t aware, killed over 1 million people between the years of 1845 and 1852).

Heading just west of the Irish Hunger Memorial, you’ll find the greater wonders of Rockefeller Park. It contains some of the largest open lawns in the Battery Park City area, with large playgrounds for kids (and adults alike) to play, and plenty of gardens and public art installations to slowly stroll about and enjoy. No dogs allowed here, but grab a few friends and a ball, and you can get a pretty good game of catch going!

Lastly, if you’re looking to do some strolling and shopping while you’re in the neighborhood around North Cove Marina, then Brookfield Place Mall is likely the spot for you. Since being renovated after 9/11, this shopping center has blossomed into a lower Manhattan hotspot, filled with all manner of great shops to frequent. You can take a look at the full listing here, but some standouts include Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Hickey Freeman, Omega Boutique, and Kamakura.

When it comes to great food, Brookfield Place also has it covered, with a range of restaurants covering just about any craving you might have, and lest we forget, this site also hosts their own events on an occasional basis, like the upcoming Fado Festival (a celebration of Portuguese music), Fitness Classes, Running Clubs, and the like.

Bottom line, the North Cove Marina, along with the surrounding neighborhood, are jam packed with fun things to do and see. Make sure to make your way down there soon to check it out!