I believe the South Street Seaport has a very good Henry Hudson
exhibit to commemorate the 400th anniversary of his sailing up the Hudson
River in 1609--though I don't believe it was called the Hudson River then
I agree wholeheartedly that you should try to make Sag Harbor and Block Island. There is some delightful sailing in Great Peconic bay and while I think it is quite a stretch, Block Island has been referred to by some as the "Bermuda of the North." I wouldn't go so far as to make that statement, but it is a lovely, quaint island and I love going there. At this time of year, tourists are less so it is musch easier to get around. You can rent bikes, mopeds or cars and really get around the island in a couple of hours by moped, though you might want to take a couple of days.
At any rate, I would rather be out there than NYC
any day. I only wish I would be home from Buffalo by then to join you.
If you are interested, send me a PM. My best friend Bill moved his Irwin
38 from Patchogue to Greenport for the summer to see what it would be like cruising Peconic Bay for a whole season. He and his wife absolutely loved it. I can send you his email
address and he could give you some real good tips for anchorages/harbors out there.
Also if you are in a real adventuresome mood, once you make it to Block Island it is a pretty easy trip to Newport
Have a good cruise