‘Archtober’ (through Oct. 31) This monthlong celebration of architecture and design continues with lectures, tours and other events at locations around the city. Presented by the American Institute of Architects New York and the Center for Architecture — with the participation of 50 organizations — the series includes boat tours around Manhattan, an urban film series at the Guggenheim Museum and walking tours. A schedule is at archtober.org. Brochures are also available at the Center for Architecture, 536 La Guardia Place, Greenwich Village, (212) 358-6121.
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We all know that New England is known for its famous seasonal fall foliage change, but we must not forget the stunning Hudson Valley. Experience what it feels like to glide through the Hudson river and take in the rolling hills of its brilliant fall colors. Not only will you take in the beauty of nature but you will pass by iconic landmarks such as the George Washington Bridge, the Cloisters, the Palisades, the Little Red Light House and the Tappan Zee Bridge.
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Brunch is a weekly event all across NYC. Every weekend, hungry diners enter the growing plethora of eateries in search of good food and relaxing atmosphere. This weekend we ditched the usual places and enjoyed a grand brunch with the Classic Harbor line. We enjoyed our meal sailing on the Hudson, aboard one of their elegant yachts. We boarded the “Yacht Manhattan II”, one of two vessels inspired by the roaring 20’s. We met our vessel at Chelsea Piers along with an assortment of other guests and set sail on a gorgeous Sunday morning.
The other brunch lovers on our voyage ranged in age from retirees to infants. Young couples, big families, and in our case lifelong friends filled the boat and took their assigned seats. After we all were seated and given a quick safety lesson, we took off on a leisurely cruise. Guests are treated to a complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa. Brunch is served buffet style and divided into four courses. The first course revved up our appetites with mini bagels smoked salmon, fresh waffles and assorted berries. The courses were spaced out enough for everyone to have a bite and take a short break in between to enjoy the scenery. The view is gorgeous from inside the ship. Large windows offer a picturesque view while dining. However, the best view for photo ops is on the outer deck. The outside features smooth bench seating and a protective safety rail. The cruise took us from lower Manhattan all the way up to the Bronx. Having ridden on several harbor cruises over the years, this was still an interesting experience, we saw parts of the city we had never seen before including the infamous little red lighthouse. The smaller boat made for a more up close experience and some amazing photos.