Neighborhood: Water/Kips Bay
Atmosphere: Party time
Crowd/Scene: Friends, party-goers
Foursquare Check-in: http://4sq.com/1lGacK5
Rating: 4 Stars
The booze cruise! It’s an oft-talked about but little-experienced thing here in New York City. The weather just doesn’t allow us to take advantage of such opportunities as often as we New Yorkers should, and our relatively busier schedules makes it hard to make very specific dock departure times.
That said, every once in a while things come together, and with the right confluence of events, and the right people planning, a New York booze cruise can indeed come together. And such was the case with a certain birthday party I hit up on a summer Sunday.
We departed from some pier on the East side and 21st Street (you can check the 4square link for more info). The boat was your typical “booze cruise” vessel, with all the essentials, three different levels, 2 different outdoor spaces and lots of winding steps that could have sent you into the water with one foul step. Like most spaces intended to host copious amounts of alcohol consumption, it didn’t have much fanfare, but overall it was a nice boat.
I’d be lying to you if I told you where the boat took us, because I literally have no idea. I know we saw several bridges, the Statue of Liberty, the coastline of Northern New Jersey and Roosevelt Island, but the actual route we took to get to all of these places is beyond me. For all I know, we sailed around all of Manhattan, although I don’t know if that’s legally possible, so I doubt it, but your guess is as good as mine.
As for on the boat, there’s only so much you can do besides drink–which people did in great amounts. Outside of that, there was dancing, including several editions of the electric slide. There was eating, for which we had a buffet. I don’t know if buffets, lots of alcohol and sea sickness should go together, but I guess there’s a cruise line industry for a reason.
There was also plenty of picture taking. For some reason, whenever you put a ton of people on a boat sailing around Manhattan, long-time New Yorkers turn back into tourists and want to get pictures of the island, bridges and statues behind the photogenic poses of themselves.
I wish I had more details for you, but at the end of the day, this was just a bunch of folks on a boat. It was fun, it was “outdoorsy,” and it was a unique experience. Looking forward to the next booze cruise experience!