Well I bought my first cabin cruiser a few months ago, a 1982 Hunter 25, and made my first overnight on a "hook", just north of the George Washington Bridge with my girlfriend this weekend. I was planning on sailing there from liberty landing, but the winds were too light so I wound up motoring there and back.
I anchored in an "anchorage" area on the charts, just off the palisades marina about a mile north of the bridge. Unfortunately it was dark by the time we got there, plus I was nervous because I never anchored overnight before, so I dropped two hooks, a danforth and a mushroom type. We made a simple salmon dinner on the stove, watched a DVD on my laptop and generally had a beautiful and romantic night mostly under the moonlight. I left the mast top light on overnight, and also had an additional battery powered all-around light that I kept on. Late at night a few motorboats sped by and sent the boat pitching and rocking, waking us up and scaring my girlfriend but we went back to sleep.
Haha I was so nervous the anchors would drag and I kept checking them throughout the night (not a good nights' sleep lol). Little did I know I would barely be able to retrieve the mushroom, and the Danforth would get so stuck I would have to get above it and just cut the line...
The next morning I had a cup of coffee while just admiring the view of the cliffs and palisades park. We both agreed to leave before cooking breakfast though, as we were feeling pretty wobbly and my girlfriend had a headache from the rocking of the boat. Haha we are still land lubbers I guess.
It was a beautiful first experience, but I will def seek a more protected anchorage next time and only set one anchor.