It is very good news indeed that New York City is now home to a proper boathouse, if not yet a boathouse row. The Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse at Swindler Park is a smartly-designed facility with rowing instruction for the novice and facilities for the budding Olympian. The waters of the Harlem River may seem an inauspicious vantage from which to see Manhattan, but besides some local motorboat traffic the scene is breathtaking. In season (early Spring to late Autumn), crews are out in doubles, quads, and eights from pre-dawn to dusk. If you are a former rower, or looking to learn, you can take a beginner's class or join the Master's group for an annual membership fee. The boathouse is also home to an initiative supporting local youth rowing and houses a few local college crews, so there is always hubbub and activity at the boathouse.
Little Italy really is little. The area is a string of Italian groceries, restaurants, and cafes that run the five blocks between Canal and Spring Streets on Mulberry and Mott Streets. Her sidewalks are packed with happily gesticulating and laughing people. Cross the street heading south and hello Chinatown; step west and you are in Soho. Visit Little Italy to eat. Visit DiPalo’s at Mott and Grand to take a little Italian fare home with you. The Festival of San Gennaro is held in Little Italy at the end of September. If you’re in town, visit then.