Eat brunch on a boat while a building blows up
Sign up to watch Governors Island’s Building 877 implode from the deck of a luxury yacht—with bonus prosecco.
Thu Jun 6 2013
If you’re the type of person who on a weekend morning says to yourself, Man, I wish brunch had more explosions in it!, first of all: Cool your jets, Michael Bay. Second, you’re in luck. In what is almost certainly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, this Sunday you can eat brunch on a sailboat while watching a building blowing up. We are serious.
A little backstory: At 7:36am on June 9, the Trust for Governors Island will use 200-plus pounds of dynamite to implode Building 877, located on the southern end of the island. Built in 1968 as a residence for Coast Guard officers, the 11-story edifice has been abandoned since 1996. Now it’s being leveled to open up space for a highly anticipated new park that will include, among other things, new sports fields and a grove of hammocks. Debris from the demolition will be recycled to help create topography for the new green space.
But first comes the big boom—which, thanks to Manhattan by Sail and GroupMe Experiences, you can watch aboard an 82-foot yacht while sipping bubbly. The Shearwater leaves from the North Cove Marina in Battery Park City (385 South End Ave at the Esplanade) at 6:45am and cruises around Governors Island, arriving in time to catch the show from a safe but as-close-as-possible distance (about 1,000 feet away). Meanwhile, you'll be treated to a full brunch and a prosecco bar ($95; click here for tickets).
An NYC building hasn’t been imploded in ten years, so this isn’t the kind of show you get to see every day—much less from a sailboat. It’s basically the plot to Douglas Adams’s The Restaurant at the End of the Universe—in which diners time-travel to the end of everything and watch the fiery apocalypse over supper—only with fewer aliens and more harbor views. For those who can’t shell out (or wake up that early), the Trust for Governors Island will also be live-streaming the mayhem.
To get you in the mood, here is a video of a whole bunch of buildings imploding: