Living downtown, we not only have access to almost every subway line, but there are a number of ferry terminals coming in and out of New York City, from plenty of cool destinations. For the past two years, I’ve been taking advantage of the NYC Waterferry’s service to get to places like Rockaway Beach, Dumbo, and their most recent stops in Williamsburg. Costing the same as a subway ride, why not ride the East River with a cool breeze in your face, rather than sweltering in a stuffy train car! The kids love boats, so last weekend we took a ride to Domino Park, in Williamsburg.
Getting there was pretty easy. We just hopped on the East River line, and rode two stops to South Williamsburg. I am so accustomed to seeing the New York cityscape from its southern most vantage point; but with the NYC Waterferry East River route, you depart from Pier 11 in the Financial District, crossing the river while taking in the spectacular views of all the East River bridges (there’s three of them!).
Domino Park is brand spanking new, and less than a 10 minute walk from the ferry stop! Designed by James Corner Field Operations, known for its work on the High Line, the former Domino Sugar Factory grounds were transformed into a waterfront park. The grounds have a variety of uses, all while nodding to the site’s industrial past. Inside the park you will find a playground, Danny Meyer’s Tacocina (with yummy tacos), a splash pad, volley ball court, bocce court, and even a dog run! And views, the views are beyond!
The kids wasted no time putting on their bathing suits and hopping right in the spray ground. Since the temps soared over 90 degrees that day, I even ran in and out of the sprinklers! Once they had their fill, we headed over to Tacocina for some grub, and margaritas for Jason and I, the big kids! One thing the park lacks is a shady area to get out of the pounding sun, so try to score some of the few seats with an umbrella to cool off.
After lunch, we walked to the playground where we seemed to have spend hours, before getting the urge for some ice cream. We were so hot, and at that point I couldn’t bother yelping the cool hipster ice cream joint that Williamsburg is probably stacked with, so we hopped in to City Acres grocery store for some ice cream bars. Since our trip, a friend has suggested Vanleeuwen for ice cream. Guess we need to go back to Brooklyn!
What an amazing day playing tourists at Domino Park with the kiddies. We often try to escape the city during the heat, but it’s these little adventures to explore new neighborhoods and parks that makes me fall in love with New York City all over again!