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AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Cruise (Public)

Classic Harbor Line

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Location Chelsea, 12 Avenue, Pier 62 Chelsea Piers
Price $86.00 per person 
Duration 2 hours and 45 minutes
Group Size Up to 35 ppl
Note: Group size can be changed after booking if needed.
Recommended For Team Bonding, Birthday Parties, Sightseeing


Event Description:

Step aboard the teak decks of our elegant 1920s style yachts, the Manhattan and Manhattan II, and enjoy NYC's architectural landmarks from the water. The "Around Manhattan" tour narration, provided by members of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) NYC chapter, is general enough for visitors yet detailed enough for the locals.

Aboard the yachts, experience a comfortable and unique tour through the Hudson, East, and Harlem Rivers from the climate-controlled and enclosed back-deck observatory or wander to the outer decks for fresh air and sunlight with a complimentary beverage in hand. Guests are treated to a complimentary beer, wine or champagne from the bar & light snacks as well as soda, water, tea or coffee. Additional beverages and a full bar are available for purchase.

On this 2.75-hour cruise, you will circumnavigate the island of Manhattan (passing under all 18 bridges) while taking in monuments, architecture, parks and infrastructure. Highlights, topics and themes of the AIANY tour include:

  • Exploration of planning visions for both reclaiming the post-industrial waterfront, as the "6th Borough", and addressing rising sea levels
  • Insightful coverage of Manhattan's classic spires, including the Chrysler and Woolworth Buildings, as well as a sharp focus on the new World Trade Center buildings and recent "starchitecture" boom; including buildings by Frank Gehry and other noted international and local architects
  • The greater waterfront access allowed by new parks and recreation piers including the ecologically driven features designed by leading landscape architects
  • The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the newest waterfront monument: Roosevelt Island's FDR Four Freedoms Park
  • NYC's engineering masterpieces: the Brooklyn and George Washington Bridges as well as lesser known "swing bridges"  along the Harlem River  
  • The adaptation of the Highline as an elevated, linear park  and its role in the development of West Chelsea and Hudson Yards.
  • The story of post WWII urban renewal and public housing along the waterfronts of the Lower East Side and East Harlem.

What Is Not Included?

Gratuity is not included unless you purchased the ‘Groups of 10 or more’ ticket type where a 15% gratuity is automatically applied. If you do end up obtaining 10 or more individual tickets by separate purchases, you will be contacted to make an advance payment of a 15% Group Gratuity.

Important Notes: 

  • This is a public event, so other participants outside of your group will be on the tour.
  • This cruise is a heavily-narrated tour experience. It's for those seeking an informative, exciting, and content-rich trip. We require guest conversations to be kept to a reasonable level so that narration can be heard by all.
  • Due to this cruise being a heavily-narrated tour experience, we strongly discourage children under 14 aboard. We recommend families to join us on Statue & Skyline tours, day sails or any other minimally narrated day time event.

How to Book

  1. Complete your booking by walking through our simple checkout process.
  2. We'll send you your receipt & confirmation details.
  3. Your event provider will reach out to introduce themselves & send you additional helpful details about your event.
  4. On the day of your event, you'll have a blast!
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What others have said about this event

Colleen K.
Tony O.
Deverie S.
Chaya G.
Very informative and interesting. Staff is pleasant and helpful. Nice variety of beverages.
Julie B.
Timothy O.
Beverly R.
The crew were very accommodating and efficient which made the trip quite enjoyable. Though not an architect, interesting to learn about them. Seeing the buildings from the Hudson River shows a different perspective . There are big windows to look out at the city, comfortable seats and going outside on the bow to get a clear look is amazing. .Complimentary drink and snack a nice touch
Judy J.
The crew were very accommodating. The person giving the tour provided a wealth of information. Very interesting, I would take the course again.
Linda M.
Equal parts enjoyable and informative. The team does a great job ensuring the trip is smooth sails. Highly recommended.
Benjamin D.
Guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. The food was very good. Even as a New Yorker there is much to learn and see.
Sarah Z.
Loved it. Was a spectacular day, so that always makes for a perfect trip. I've taken this once before and would even take again, does not get old or uninteresting.
Corie M.
Tracy B.
Nancy G.
Leilane N.
Whitley M.
Very informative, pleasant experience. I've lived in New York my whole life and have been on different tours before but I've still learned so much from this cruise in such a beautiful yacht.
Andrew C.
Daniela L.
The boat cruise is a good value given how informative the speaker is and that it includes a drink and snacks. The boat itself is beautiful, air conditioned, and spacious, with space to also stand outside on the front of the boat. The tour itself is good for architects and non-architects alike, even though almost no one on the boat is an architect. The tour touches upon a large number of buildings but does not go very in depth into them because of how many buildings they need to cover in a short period of time. That being said, there is time to ask the instructor questions in the latter half of the tour when the boat passes through the northern parts of Manhattan.
Donna R.
Heather-Anne W.
This was one of the highlights of my visit to NYC. To spend nearly 3 hours going all around New York from a sailing boat was stunning. The information i gleaned of the architects and architecture of NYC was invaluable and presented in a very well informed interesting way. The ship's crew were very attentive and the idea of presenting wine or soft drinks with a Greek mezzo was an excellent idea. I shall definite do this tour again as so much to take in in one trip. Highly recommended
Jessica S.
what an interesting tour!
Fatima W.
Kimberly P.
Very informative and professional staff.
Elina K.
I gave this as a gift to my son in-law and my dtr for his bday. Both of them very extremely satisfied with the experience and even recommended me to take this trip. Thank you very much!