Shred the Worst of 2014 at Good Riddance Day

Everyone has rotten memories from this last year. We’re not even talking about massive, terrible memories from such things as illnesses or tragedies. Maybe the love of your life blew off a date by telling you he had to go wash his cat. Could be, you took a ferry other than Seastreak and are still trying to forget the experience. Want to ditch those memories for good? Head for Times Square, on Broadway between 43rd and 44th Streets, on Sunday, December 28. That’s when the annual Good Riddance Day is happening. Shred your rotten memories and start the New Year fresh!

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Out, Out Bad Memory

Good Riddance Day takes its inspiration from traditions in several Latin American countries, such as Panama and Peru. Those nations bring in the new year by setting bonfires and burning stuffed dolls called muñecos that represent bad memories (or disliked politicians). Hard to deny the fiery style of doing away with bad memories.

No one’s setting any fires in Times Square. Instead, organizers are calling on a little modern technology in the form of paper shredders. Attendees are encouraged to bring pictures, printouts, and other shred-worthy symbols of the year’s worst moments.

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The Start of a Happy New Year

Funny how such a small act can make you feel better. Whether your bad memories from the last year include heartbreaks, lost jobs, or a bill for the three flat tires you got on the same day, you can have the satisfaction of leaving them in pieces. Go on to 2015 a little lighter, and with a clean slate!

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Ready to make some good memories? Come down to Pier 11 and catch a ride with Seastreak. Our ferries have comfortable indoor and outdoor seating, a full-service bar, and terrific customer service.

 

Sea you soon!

The Seastreak Family

 

 

 

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Slurp Up Fantastic Soup at Ivan Ramen

Ramen is infamous for being cheaper than dirt, but much better tasting. You might get sick of the handful of spice-packet flavors available in your grocery store (especially if your diet’s been heavy on these squiggly noodles), but ramen has much more to offer as a meal. Hungry diners who’d like to find out all the delectable variants of this noodle-laden comfort food should head to Ivan Ramen! You can find it at 25 Clinton Street, or the Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop at 600 11th Avenue.

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Its Noodly Deliciousness

Ivan Ramen goes so far beyond compressed bricks of noodle scribbles, it’s sometimes hard to think they’re the same food at all. Fresh ingredients dominate the steaming bowls of soup, starting with noodles made fresh on site. These never did time as inmates in a pasta slab.

These float freely in broths of varying flavors that don’t even resemble Dehydrated Shrimp Fin or Unidentifiable Chicken Bits (or whatever the varieties you find in the store are). Ivan Ramen’s menu blends the authentic taste of true Asian ramen with touches of American ingenuity.

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No Soup for You?

Don’t feel like slurping up a bowl of soup? Ivan Ramen has you covered. You’ll find small plate foods available to suit your hungry belly. The smoked salmon donburi offers a distinctive and satisfying flavor. Diners who prefer chicken to fish will like the chicken cutlet katsu, with lemon, shiso, green cabbage, bulldog sauce, and karashi. Or try a good, old fashioned omelet with a twist, including scrapple rice and bonito.

Seastreak and ramen have more in common than you might think. Both are comfortable and familiar, and both are warm. Both are convenient, and both are a great value! Let us show you the best a ferry ride can be.

 

Sea you soon!

The Seastreak Family

 

 

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Dig Into Creative Cuisine at élan

The English language has plenty of words, but it doesn’t always have a term that conveys exactly what you mean. This is particularly true when discussing complicated or deep states of being. For those, we turn to other language. Consider the term “élan”. With just one word, the French language conveys a broad concept. It means energy, and style, and vivaciousness, too. For people in Manhattan, it also means tasty food served with flair and a complete disregard for geographical styles. Head over to élan Restaurant, at 43 East 20th Street!

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No Capital Letter, but Capital Taste

élan Restaurant shoots for the middle ground between the dress-your-best dining room and the easy-going eatery, and lands squarely in the territory of casual sophistication. The space is simple but elegant. On display, you’ll find an art installation that rotates to feature a new artist every six months.

Discontented with settling for one eatery vibe, the restaurant also refuses to choose one style of cuisine. Why pick one, when you have a chef creative enough to manage them all? David Waltuck, formerly of the immensely popular Chanterelle, lets his culinary ingenuity run wild, and turns out unexpected dishes that you have to taste to believe.

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Holy Guacamole

When you see “sea urchin guacamole” on the menu, you realize the master chef has tossed out the rulebook on ingredients you’d expect to put together. Yet it works out surprisingly well. For another delectable surprise, don’t miss “General Tso’s sweetbreads”. This is a dish that doesn’t taste just like chicken.

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Seastreak breaks all the rules when it comes to what people expect in a ferry company. Our luxurious catamarans turn a simple commute into a real pleasure! This Christmas, give the traveler on your list the gift of comfort all year round. Stuff a stocking with Seastreak gift certificates!

 

Sea you soon!

The Seastreak Family

 

 

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Celebrate the Holidays with the Whos at “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

Hating Christmas automatically qualifies you as a social outcast. Just as the green guy up above Whoville. The poor fellow has the noisiest neighbors in all the world, especially when the calendar flips over to the holiday season. There he is, struggling with a heart condition (it’s two sizes too small), while the people down below are singing a song to welcome a holiday their upstairs neighbor has bad memories of. This year? He isn’t going to take anymore. He’s going to stop Christmas from coming. Find out how at the Christmas classic show, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” It’s playing at the theater at Madison Square Garden (4 Penn Plaza).

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A Christmas Tradition

Dr. Seuss’s much-beloved tale has won the hearts of millions around the world. See it brought to life on stage! It’s a show that will entertain folks of all ages, from small children who have never heard the story before to adults who can recite it word for word.

Max the Dog narrates the tale of the Grinch, a grumpy individual who can’t stand anything about Christmas. He decides to steal the trappings of Whoville’s Christmas celebration in a bid to stop the holiday from happening.

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Welcome, Christmas, Come This Way

The music in this production is all but guaranteed to linger long after the performance. Catchy tunes dominate the show, including favorite songs you’ll remember from the popular television special as well as songs you may not have heard. This is the ultimate show for getting kids excited about the holiday. More than that, it will hit you right in the nostalgia yourself. Could be, your heart will grow two sizes, too.

All the busy New Yorkers liked Seastreak a lot. But the Grinch, who lived just north of Manhattan…well, he did, too! Seastreak pilots the most luxurious ferries, and has the best customer service you’ll find.

 

Sea you soon!

The Seastreak Family

 

 

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Traditions Mingle This Weekend with Solstice, Christmas, and Hanukkah Festivities

One of the best things about the holiday season is the diversity in celebrations, as people from all backgrounds and cultures bring their traditions out for sharing. New York is a city blessed with a vibrant array of individuals, and everyone has their own way of making merry! This week, you can treat yourself to treasured rituals while finding new favorites at these holiday festivities!

Tuesday, December 16 through Saturday, December 20 – Handel’s “Messiah”

Holiday music doesn’t get much more traditional than George Frideric Handel’s choral masterpiece, “Messiah”. The New York Philharmonic proudly presents this phenomenal work, with an impressive cast of soloists as well as the Westminster Symphonic Choir. Performances run from Tuesday to Saturday at Avery Fisher Hall, at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts (10 Lincoln Center Plaza).

Tuesday, December 16 through Tuesday, December 23 – Lighting the World’s Largest Menorah

The big Christmas trees in New York get more than their fair share of attention. Give a little love to Hanukkah’s brightest decoration this year, and head over to Brooklyn for the lighting of the world’s largest menorah! It’s 32 feet tall, which is as large as Jewish law allows, and requires a cherry picker to lift someone high enough to light it. People of all faiths or none will enjoy the ceremony each night, since there’s music and hot latkes for everyone. Head over to Grand Army Plaza in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

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Thursday, December 18 through Saturday, December 20 – Winter Solstice Celebration

Warm up with the sounds of Puerto Rico at the 35th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration! Spend the longest nights of the year enjoying a show filled with music and dance, in one of New York’s most beautiful landmarks. Check it out at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine (1047 Amsterdam Avenue).

Seastreak wishes all our customers happy holidays of whatever variety they celebrate! We’re proud to share great customer service and luxurious rides all through the year.

 

Sea you soon!

The Seastreak Family

 

 

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Bust Out Your Hideous Knitwear for the Ugly Sweater Charity Run

In the darkest depths of closets everywhere lurk ugly sweaters. It seems like everyone has at least one knitted atrocity hiding in a drawer or clothing storage bin. Frequently, they’re gifts one can’t get rid of without causing an important family personage great offense. Other times, they’re like a terrible hangover: you wake up the morning after a shopping binge and wonder what in the world you were thinking when you bought it. Dig that sweater out, and put it on for a good cause! December 20th is the Ugly Sweater Run, starting at Citi Field (123-01 Roosevelt Avenue).

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Sweaters Only a Mother Could Love

The Ugly Sweater Run is a benefit race for the Save the Children charity. It’s a 3.1-mile race through the streets of New York, though there isn’t any time limit you have to beat. All participants are welcome to walk, run, jog, hop, skip, or locomote in whatever means they’re inspired by. Pick up a registration packet (the day before’s the best idea, over at Sports Authority, at 845 3rd Avenue), and show up the day of the race in your most eye-blinding sweater!

Everyone who enters gets hot chocolate, as well as their choice of Sam Addam’s Winter Lager, Boston Lager, or an Angry Orchard Hard Cider. Once the race is over, hang around for the afterparty! There are contests for the ugliest sweater, best real moustache, best fake moustache, and best beard, as well as snow blowers and an inflatable Santa.

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Run for Charity

If you’ve got to own an ugly sweater, you’d might as well do something good with it. And if you’re going to party at the same time, that’s even better! Burn a few calories this weekend, then drink them all back in hot chocolate.

Seastreak doesn’t care how ugly your sweater is. We’ll proudly carry you on the decks of our comfortable catamarans. Or hide inside with the cash bar, and hope no one notices what you’re wearing.

 

Sea you soon!

The Seastreak Family

 

 

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Seastreak Shuttle Bus Goes to Atlantic Highlands

Seastreak Shuttle Bus Goes to Atlantic Highlands

New York is the City That Never Sleeps, but now and then, some of us might like to catch a nap. Others would love a change of scenery, but don’t want to go too far or spend too much. Weekend wanderers, Seastreak has your back. Now you can head to Atlantic Highlands, NJ for your weekend holiday with our complementary shuttle service, and discover the appeal of this delightful destination!

Seastreak Shuttle Bus Goes to Atlantic Highlands

Seastreak Shuttle Bus Goes to Atlantic Highlands

The High Life in Atlantic Highlands

Each weekend, Seastreak’s luxurious ferries travel from our Manhattan locations to Highlands, NJ several times a day. Now through January 7, you can hop on our convenient complementary shuttle bus from Highlands to beautiful Atlantic Highlands. If you haven’t discovered what Atlantic Highlands has to offer, you have missed out on one of the East Coast’s best secrets for dining, shopping, and entertainment.

Atlantic Highlands radiates old world charm while retaining the appeal of modern amenities. Walking the avenues of this charismatic locale affords a view of the eclectic little city’s attractive variety of architecture styles and gorgeous parks. Or duck into one of the town’s nifty shops, parlors, and eateries. Weekenders who’d like to sleep over will love the Blue Bay Inn, a boutique hotel with an elegant atmosphere within walking distance of an array of things to do, and while you’re in the neighborhood, grab a bite to eat at the Hudson Café, then continue your journey from there!

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Seastreak Shuttle Bus Goes to Atlantic Highlands 2

At Seastreak, we’re committed to offering our passengers a luxurious ride to the most enjoyable destinations! Discover the convenience of our shuttle service, modern catamarans and top-notch service!

 

Sea you soon!

 

The Seastreak Family

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Hear Christmas Favorites with a Twist at Concerts This Weekend

It’s a big weekend in New York! The holiday spirit is running us all over, leaving reindeer hoofprints and sleigh marks on our backs in their wake. This weekend, enjoy a slightly different spin on Christmas music at one of these holiday concerts! Hear your old favorites in a whole new way at the Unsilent Night caroling event, or take in a jazzed-up version of the Nutcracker Suite at the Apollo Theater.

Saturday, December 13 – Unsilent Night

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Christmas caroling has been a tradition for hundreds of years. Roving groups of people used to wander the streets, singing Christmas song as they went. They’d go door to door to perform for the people in the homes, and sometimes, they’d get tasty treats out of the deal. This year, caroling goes high tech with Unsilent Night. Phil Kline, a composer with a unique vision, leads a chorus of boomboxes from the West Village to the East Village. The event meets up in Washington Square Park at 7 PM, and ends in Tompkins Square Park.

Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14 – Ellington at Christmas

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Duke Ellington had flair, panache, and a true gift for jazz. His music has a smooth, vibrant feel that makes listening to it a true joy. You can hear his distinctive arrangement of the Nutcracker Suite this weekend at the Ellington at Christmas: Nutcracker Suite event at the Apollo Theater (253 West 125th Street)! It features a 16-piece orchestra, as well as tap dancing and a full gospel choir, and it’s happening on both Saturday and Sunday at 3 PM, and Saturday at 8 PM.

However you’re making merry this weekend, Seastreak is proud to get you there! Our comfortable catamarans are better than a sleigh. Sit inside with a drink from our cash bar to keep warm, and travel in style as you head to Manhattan or Atlantic Highlands.

 

Sea you soon!

The Seastreak Family

 

 

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Wine and Excellent Cuisine Await at Bacchanal

Some words conjure up immediate and vivid mental imagery. (And sometimes, that’s really unfortunate. What has been seen by the mind’s eye cannot be unseen.) One such word is “bacchanal”. People picture shirtless men with sculpted torsos and nymphs toting around grapes, and a raucous party soaked in wine. A restaurant in the Bowery hopes to change that mental image into something with a bit more class (and fewer nymphs). Next time you head out to eat, check out Bacchanal, at 146 Bowery!

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Good Atmosphere, Great Food

You won’t find wild debauchery at Bacchanal. You should go anyway, though, because what you will find is a lovely, comfortable restaurant filled with dark woods and a cozy aesthetic. The atmosphere is both refined and casual, and décor stylish without sliding into pretentiousness.

As nice as the decorating is, you can’t eat the leather seat accents. With the menu here, you won’t want to. The food at Bacchanal sets it apart from all the other casual-yet-refined restaurants you can eat at in Manhattan. Cuisine here has diverse European influences, infused with seasonings and techniques unique to the kitchen here.

Start your meal with the unusual but delicious roasted bone marrow appetizer, and discover what a savory treat it can be! Or warm up with a bowl of butternut squash soup, with caramelized cranberries to really punch up the flavor. For a main course, indulge in wild striped bass with pumpkin chutney, or a grilled sirloin steak with charred onions, broccolini, and white ale fondue.

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Dine and Wine

One aspect of their name’s connotations that Bacchanal hasn’t done away with is the wine. The menu features foods specifically chosen to complement the extensive wine list. This selection features vintages for many countries, as well as exotic spirits such as absinthe.

Like good wines pair with excellent food, Seastreak is the perfect complement to your trip to Manhattan or Atlantic Highlands! Ride with us today, and learn the meaning of luxury!

 

Sea you soon!

The Seastreak Family

 

 

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Seastreak’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise

Get the Best View of the New Year’s Fireworks on Seastreak’s Fireworks Cruise

Have you made plans for New Year’s Eve? If not, then save the date, because Seastreak’s hosting a party you won’t want to miss! Get the best view of New York City as the New Year takes over and the sky lights up by booking a place on the Seastreak New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise! Boarding begins at the Seastreak terminal, located at 326 Shore Drive in Highlands, NJ, at 9 PM on New Year’s Eve. We cast off at 9:30 PM, and we’ll be sailing until 1 AM!

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A Ferry Happy New Year

There’s no better way to ring in the New Year than on Seastreak’s fabulous New Year’s Eve cruise. For starters, we’ll have a premium open bar from 10 PM until midnight, serving your favorite drinks. Indulge in delicious hors d’oeuvres to go with your libation of choice as you watch New York City approach on the horizon.

We’re serving up a delicious buffet dinner while we’re underway. A DJ will be keeping the music rolling all night long, playing all your favorites. There’s plenty of room on the decks, or inside, to dance a little with your friends, or with the special someone you brought along.

 

Midnight Lights

Want to see the fireworks? You won’t find a better place than from our ferry. Stay warm and comfortable inside the ferry, and watch the lights through the panoramic windows. Or step out on deck and watch as the sky explodes with colors to celebrate the first minutes of 2015! We’ll be having a champagne toast at midnight, and dessert and coffee to enjoy as well.

Because we’ll be having an open bar and champagne toast, we do ask that everyone who attends be 21 years of age or over. Spend your New Year’s Eve with us at Seastreak!

Book your tickets here!

Sea you soon!

The Seastreak Family

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