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.
Soho ("SOuth of HOuston"), formerly home to New York City’s great art scene, has been abandoned by many galleries for more trendy neighborhoods: Chelsea and the Meatpacking District. What remain are reliable restaurants and shops, a great new health club for members, Citibabes, and the Soho Grand Hotel. Whether you want to dress yourself or your home, shopping in Soho can suit you head to toe, or door knob to dining room.