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.
Stuyvesant Town, large brick buildings that run from 14th to 20th Streets, from First Avenue to Avenue C, are a mess of functional residences that were originally built in 1943 to house returning veterans of the Second World War and their families. They have gone on to house middle-income New Yorkers in 8,757 apartments. Stuyvesant Town and its sibling Peter Cooper comprise eighty acres that house more than 25,000 residents--and were sold on October 18, 2006 to Tishman Speyer for $5.4 billion dollars. New Yorkers are aghast that one of the last bastions of affordable housing will soon be converted to yet more luxury rentals. One might read a brief history of Stuyvesant Town on Wikipedia and note that in its creation in 1943, the project displaced 11,000 residents along with their business, schools and churches.