Summer’s fading fast but there’s still time to soak up fun in the sun! Here are our top picks for rooftop/outdoor bars right in the Gramercy Park/Kips Bay neighborhood to check out before the warm weather’s over.
Gramercy Terrace, Gramercy Park Hotel
A mainstay of any “Best NYC Rooftop Bar” list, the glamorous and gorgeous Gramercy Terrace, located on the 18th floor of the chic Gramercy Hotel, is a lush garden oasis that offers stunning views of the city–and city’s coolest bar-hoppers. 2 Lexington Avenue (21 St. & Lexington Ave.)
Crow’s Nest, The Water Club
The one thing we can guarantee of any place we recommend close to Waterside Plaza? Every seat comes with a river view. Granted, The Crow’s Nest is not quite a rooftop bar–it’s better: it’s a boat bar. Located on the upper deck of the floating restaurant, The Water Club, it’s harder to imagine a more relaxing place to enjoy a drink than The Crow’s Nest when the evening breeze blows past you as the sky changes color over the water. E 30th Street & FDR drive.
Roof at Park South, Park South Hotel
A recent addition to the Gramercy bar & restaurant scene, the chic Roof at Park South, located above the Park South Hotel, offers unparalleled city views and exceptional high-end cocktails, without the usual rooftop crowds (for now). E 27th St, btw Lexington & Park Aves.
The Patio, Riverpark
Technically, neither The Patio or the outdoor terraces at Tom Colicchio’s acclaimed restaurant, Riverpark, qualify as “rooftops,” but with views like this, who’s complaining? Don’t stop at drinks–with an urban farm outside the kitchen doors, Riverpark offers delicious food, and a lovely, green scene to enjoy it in. What more can you want of summer? E 29th St & FDR.
Tonight, August 18, 8PM, Waterside Plaza presents the critically-acclaimed sports drama, Moneyball (2011). Based on Michael Lewis’ bestselling nonfiction book of the same name, Moneyball follows the general manager of the Oakland Athletics Baseball Team, Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) and assistant GM, Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) as they put together a competitive team for the 2002 season. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
We talk a lot about Waterside’s international community and now it’s time to put our money where our mouths are–literally! Inspired by our incredibly diverse resident population, we are proud to present the first-ever Waterside Plaza International Food Festival this Saturday, August 16, 12 – 5PM! Dishes will be priced $3-$10 and the public is welcome. Below are the six types of cuisines we will be featuring at this year’s festival, plus beverages and desserts! Have we missed one of your favorites? Let us know for future events!
Unwind and break a sweat all at once at the Waterside Plaza Swim & Health Club with their NEW Cardio Pilates class. This pilates-inspired cardio class moves at a faster pace than regular pilates mat work, allowing you to burn more calories. Cardio Pilates is held on Thursdays, 6:30PM, and is is FREE for members and non members in August 2014.
We are FINALLY headed into a sunny, warm weekend and here’s our #1 tip for making the most of it: head out to one of the most secluded, cleanest, and picturesque beaches in the New York City area, Sandy Hook! A seven-mile stretch of golden sand nestled between gorgeous Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Sandy Hook offers the perfect combination of swimming, sunning, attractions, and just plain relaxing in nature. And Watersiders, you’re in luck because you can catch the Seastreak Ferry to Sandy Hook at 34th Street Pier right by our complex! We’ll even let you in on a little secret: round-trip cost of the ferry is $45 but you can go for much less by buying this Seastreak Groupon for just $25. (It’s worth every penny!)
Besides offering a scenic, FAST 35-minute ride, Seastreak has two things going for it: plush, airplane-style seating that’ll make you feel like you’re going on a longer vacation, and a bar serving coffee, beer, wine, and cocktails. Once you land at Sandy Hook, you can take your pick! Free buses will be waiting to take you to any of three beaches: North Beach, a more secluded beach boasting stunning views of the sunset and the NYC skyline, Gunnison Beach, the largest clothing optional beach in the country, and South Beach, the most popular and populated beach with the most food options, including its own bar and grill, Seagull’s Nest. All the beaches have life guards, food stands, and are free to enter. (Pro tip: when you’re coming back, take the bus back to the ferry 30-45 minutes early as the lines get long!)
If you’re no beach bum, never fear, as there are plenty of other things to do, including visiting the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, the oldest working lighthouse in America (located near North Beach). Nature lovers are also in luck as the Gateway National Recreation Area (located between North Beach and Gunnison Beach) is gorgeous and home to 300 species of migratory birds! Boating is popular in the coves, of which Sandy Hook boasts a few, while kite boarding and windsurfing are popular near South Beach. You can visit all of these locations by hiking or renting a bike and zipping through well-maintained trails around the park. We could go on but just check out this National Park Service list of Things To Do at Sandy Hook, pack your beach blanket, grab your sunglasses, and go!
If you haven’t guessed it between last week’s free feature, Bend It Like Beckham, and next week’s film, Kung Fu Panda, our 2014 free outdoor summer movies theme is sports! Join us Monday, August 11, at around 8PM for a screening of the hit 2008 animated martial arts action-comedy, Kung Fu Panda, which follows a clumsy panda (voiced by Jack Black) as he pursues an unlikely dream: becoming a kung fu master. The all-star voice cast also includes Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan and more.
Limited seating is available, and lawn chairs and blankets are welcome! Pre-movie festivities include a visit from a FDNY fire truck from 6-7:30PM, on the Promenade Level in front of Building 20, and a family fire safety presentation at 7:30PM, outside on the Plaza. See our full summer movies lineup.
August is upon us, which means one thing: RCN Monday Movie Nights at Waterside Plaza! Our most popular summer series, each year, we show popular feature films centered around one theme. All films are FREE and open to the public. Appropriately for a waterfront community, last year’s film theme was “Water.” Can you guess this year’s theme?
Waterside Plaza’s Music & Dancing Under the Stars 2014 closes TONIGHT, July 23rd, with an evening of Latin music and dance. From 7-9PM, popular local Latin band Nu D’Lux heat up the dance floor with their modern twist on Cuban party music. Transcending the stock music of pick-up bands, Nu D’Lux offers a unique sound that goes straight to the soul. Perfect for dancing, the infectious beat is irresistible! Arrive early, at 6:30PM, for a mini dance lesson with talented instructors from Dance on 2 Studio. Mid-show check out sizzling performances featuring Dance on 2′s professional and amateur troupes.
Bring the kids for free face painting and cotton candy, and be sure to visit the cash bar for beer, wine and assorted snacks, and keep an eye out for our upcoming Monday Movie Nights!
Tomorrow, July 16, Waterside Plaza’s Music Under the Stars Concert Series is proud to present Kaissa, a Congolese musical powerhouse with “soaring vocal talents and irresistible African-inspired songs.” The concert is from 7PM to 9PM, and as always FREE and open to the public.
Get your summer colors on! Great mani/pedi specials from Xia Spa this July.
Xia Spa is located at 25 Waterside Plaza, and is open Tues-Sat 10AM-8PM, Sun 10AM-7PM. Visit the website and contact the spa at (212) 689 0691 or email@example.com for appointments.