Saturday, May 26, 2018

Sailors are living it up in NYC during Fleet Week

Midshipman Michael Hurley, 21 (left)

Home base: US Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
Hometown: Arlington, Va.
Fleet Week highlight: “Going to baseball games for free. At the Mets game, the crowd stood up for us. It makes me feel so appreciative for the welcoming people of New York.”
Enjoyable NYC moment: “I went for a run on the Hudson River Path and there are so many cool nooks and crannies in the city.”
Meal plan: “I want to go to Katz’s — I love the pastrami.”

Midshipman Phillip Gustafson, 19 (middle)

Home base: US Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
Hometown: Denver
Fleet Week highlight: “It kind of feels like you’re a local celebrity with all the selfies — it’s very humbling.”
Most interesting part of NYC: “There are so many different people — you see it all — it’s overwhelming.”
On the subways: “It’s just like in the movies.”
Meal plan: “I have to try Lucali pizza in [Carroll Gardens]. Jay-Z and David Beckham go there — and it’s supposed to be the best pizza ever.

Midshipman Brayden Lauffer, 21 (right)

Home base: US Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
Hometown: Apex, NC
Bucket-list item: “I want to go to the Empire State Building. It’s free for us, so I want to take advantage of it.”
Best NYC moment: “During Fleet Week last year, a friend and I went to Tavern on the Green and we ordered filet mignon — the whole 9 yards. And someone at a nearby table paid our bill — $315. He wanted us to carry on the service tradition. It was the coolest thing!”
Funniest NYC moment: “Some little kid asked what airline I work for.”

Fleet Week events

Take a dive

US Navy divers show how it’s done in a dive tank in the middle of Times Square. Check out their gear and take lots of selfies. Free. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Plaza between 43rd and 44th streets.

Ahoy here! 

A dozen combat ships, Coast Guard cutters and other military vessels will dock at three boroughs in the city this weekend — and all will welcome the public to come aboard for tours and inspection. Free. Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Manhattan’s Pier 90 (at West 50th Street), Brooklyn Cruise Terminal (72 Bowne St., Red Hook), and Homeport Pier (305 Front St., Stapleton, SI).


Liberty State Park turns into a military base for this festival celebrating all things maritime. Watch sailors go from a helicopter into the water, members of the Coast Guard enact a search and rescue mission, and tank divers defuse an explosive underwater. Free. Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ.

Maritime music

Commemorate the Harlem Hellfighters, an African-American regiment who served in World War I, along with student musicians from historically black colleges who will perform jazz and blues tunes popular during WWI. Free. Sunday and Monday, 1:30 p.m. at the Intrepid Museum Complex, West 46th Street at 12th Avenue.

Shape up or ship out

Sculptor Peter Slavin will remodel chunks of ice into all kinds of crafts, including submarines and the Intrepid itself. Free. Monday, 2 to 6 p.m. at the Intrepid Museum Complex. Details at and
— Marisa Dellatto