The sights of Pier 84 are absolutely breathtaking at night, and equally impressive during your morning walks. The sun gleams off the high-rises to wake you up as you stroll the boardwalk along the West Side Highway. But there's more than just a friendly stroll in this river pier park. There’s a dog walk, a water fountain, a picnic area and access to kayaks. At this time of day, there’s ample opportunity to catch a cruise on the NY Circle Line. Today, as you ease into your new setting, you take in the picturesque sunrise.
The centerpiece of Hell’s Kitchen is easily seen from the shoreline on the West Side Highway. The iconic Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum has long been a marvel for visitors and locals alike. The floating museum, which was founded in 1982, showcases the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, the submarine USS Growler, a Concorde SST, a Lockheed A-12 supersonic reconnaissance plane and the Space Shuttle Enterprise. The visitors get an up-close experience with the military power of the United States with more than 10 fighter jets on display.
A little north of your neighborhood you’ll find a mention-worthy resident cultural attraction. The Museum of Art and Design, located at Columbus Circle, is a marvel of a museum as it celebrates the beauty of design and its impact on the lives in the city. The museum explores the interior design innovations as well as architectural exploits. There’s even a smaller exhibit that displays ceramic kitchen products such as a ceramic muddle or even a ceramic hammer. Yet other displays (e.g. Sonic Arcade: Shopping Space with Sound) showcase unique performing objects that may seem far-fetched to use but are fully functioning.
Dinner will be a challenge to settle on as there’s spots like Totto Ramen and Nizza in your sights. But there’s an open table at Dave Pasternack's heralded Esca and you can’t pass up a chance to eat there in your first days in the neighborhood. The restaurant is co-run by Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, delivering on all cylinders for fish lovers. The James Beard award-winning Pasternack focuses the trattoria’s menu on the uniquely Italian take on seafood. There’s an entire crudo section with more than 15 choices that include kingfish and Hidden Fjord Salmon.
Rudy’s Bar & Grill is a popular dive bar made famous by the three-foot pig greeting guests at its entrance. The plush red oval booths give the bar a unique feel. Don’t get discouraged by the somewhat downtrodden surroundings – this bar offers some killer drinks and strong beers. If you happen to be craving more specialized drinks, make a trip to The Pony Bar.