Well there are innumerable places to anchor around NYC! IF the real issues are getting ashore and having your dingy waiting for you afterward ,then 79th street stands out among the very few remaining.Mark J and others have said it well enough here so I need not elaborate.
There are 30 mile of good anchoring on the West bank of the Hudson
that will give spectacular views of that iconic skyline all with excellent holding in 15-30 feet of water
and I rarely have company day or night. The northernmost part will be long the imposing Pallisades park area with hiking /biking trails and a couple of boat basins where one can tie up a dingy or just along the shore here.At night one will not see a single
light while under these fabulous cliffs while looking West; turn to the East and the greatest city on the planet is lit up and reflected across the waters that will surely be one of the most memorable evenings of any cruise
. Nowadays Homeland security
warns against anchoring too near any bridge,but it has been my experience that a few hundred yards separation will not cause any problem. Tidal currents can be quite strong around Manhattan especially in the East River with it's notorious Hells Gate , but there are dozens of places on the Brooklyn
/ Queens side that are out of the currents and traffic but are very industrial strength and with
very few palm trees. My favorite here is Hallots Cove with a calm waters and even a sandy beach to land your dingy and stretch your legs while waiting for a tide change.North of here the E. river opens up an currents ease as on approaches City Island with quite a few square miles to anchor in along both sides and if one has the proper Urban Explorer mindset there are a couple of uninhabited islands with decaying buildings from 2 centuries past that peek thru the overgrowth. This is the area of Rikers Island and this one IS occupied and the natives here are particularly unfriendly . A little further on is the somewhat quaint City Island with protected waters in which to anchor along with the large Hart Island ,abandoned and desolate, and inviting a trip ashore with its numerous abandoned pleasure craft.
So yes ,NYC is replete with places to anchor for the largest yachts,but to get ashore extreme resourcefulness will be required. In NYC
that is often spelled $$$$$$.
I suspect most who want to visit are thinking of Breakfast at Tiffianys so the city run 79th street boat basin will provide that at low cost and trauma.
.................................love you all..................mike......................... .........