The Weekender:An Explorer’s Guide to NYC

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Weekend ho! Columbus Day is on the horizon. In the spirit of exploration and discovery, we’ve gathered voyages, tours, and sights to see over the long weekend. Go forth and and explore your city!

Set Sail on the East River | Anable Basin

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Grab some waterfront drinks at Long Island City’s hidden-gem, Anable Basin. Hang around long enough for a mysterious captain to approach and invite you to join him and his crew for a two-hour sail along the river. Fear not, for this is legit. The crew docked at Anable Basin offer free sails Thursday through Sunday that set off at 5pm. Go now, before it gets too cold.


Honor Chris’s Italian Roots | Arthur Avenue

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Sure, there’s Little Italy in Manhattan, but if you really want to salute the Italians in honor of Christopher Columbus’s heritage, take an Uber to The Bronx’s Arthur Avenue. Here you’ll find the real deal—the finest cannolis, aranchinis, fresh pasta, and tiramisu in the city. Spend a day picking out pastries and egg noodles, then stop in to one of the many local restaurants for a hearty Italian meal.


Head to the Mountains | Bear Mountain Oktoberfest

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newyorkbearmountainIt’s Oktoberfest at Bear Mountain this weekend. For those looking to celebrate the beer-heavy holiday outside city boarders, hop in an Uber, jump on a bus, or board a boat and head to the mountain. Once you arrive, you’ll be greeted by the usual Oktoberfest suspects—German beer, food, and music. If you don’t make it this weekend, you still have some time. Oktoberfest is happening each weekend until October 26. Get the details here.

Forage Through Central Park | Foraging with Wildman Steve Brill

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nrdcforageDandelions, herbs, berries, mushrooms—we can find a variety of goodies right in our own urban backyards. This weekend, join Wildman Steve Brill on a foraging expedition through Central Park, and discover the many surprising edibles available to us. The Wildman has tours happening all of the time, so take a look at his website and be sure to call ahead of time to confirm.


Take a Walk Through History | Green-Wood Cemetery


Visit Brooklyn’s historic Green-Wood Cemetery and spend an afternoon strolling through the 478 acres that make up one of the very first rural cemeteries in the country. Wether you’re a history junkie or just someone who enjoys a nice nature walk, the cemetery’s hills, lakes, and paths are perfect for quiet exploring.



PRO TIP: Curious to know the price of your Uber voyage? You can always run a fare estimate in the Uber app or online here before you request!
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