We lived in Manhattan for 17 years so we love how easy we can get from Highlands to Manhattan- even without a car! The Beach Lodge is literally down the street from the Seastreak Ferry which takes about 1 hour to either Wall Street or E. 34th Street stops. The ride itself is gorgeous as you breeze through Sandy Hook and Raritan Bay under the Verrazano Bridge, past the Statue of Liberty, Staten Island and Brooklyn. You'll pull up to breaktaking views of Manhattan and other famous sites like the spectacular Brooklyn Bridge.
WALL STREET STOP:Here's our suggeted itineary if you take the ferry to the Wall Street stop. See part 2 for an itinerary for the East 34th Street stop:
Tin Building this is a giant food hall/market that looks like it's set in Paris thanks to the influence of world renown Chef/Owner Jean- George. The shops are set up like pieces of artwork no matter what you're looking for. The Tin Building is within walking distance of the ferrry and the perfect place to either start or end your trip to the city. One must do if you can find them - the raspberry filled croissants! There are also exquisite restaurants and vibey spots to get a drink if you want to sit and stay a while.
Afterwards head a little further north up the west side to Chelsea Market, another food hall full of excellent restaurants, grocery and wine stores, an artisan jewelry/design market and of course, LOTS of food! We love the Italian market especially when they have samples, and all the cupcakes and sweet shops.
After you fill up at the Chelsea Market, head to the High Line - the elevated walkway approx 1 story above Manhattan's busy streets. It's a long park that zig zags up the west side from the Meatpacking District at 14tht Street to 34th. The walkway is filled with lush greenery, public art, places to sit and enjoy the views, shops and sneak peaks into people's apartments!! At the northern end is Hudson Yards –a large complex full of fancy shops and interesting places to visit, AND another food court, Little Spain, in the basement, Little Spain is colorful, energetic and full of authentic Spanish bites.
Finally, there's Times Square - if you've never been you should do a walk through. It is as crazy as you imagine and something you should see at least once in your life.
Check out Day Trippin Part 2 for a suggested itinerary for the East 34th Street stop off the ferry. Mix & Match our suggestions, or reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org - I would love to customize an itinerary for you!