Yesterday evening I hitched a ride on the AIANY/Classic Harbor Line cruise as they were celebrating their fifth year of offering architectural boat tours. In addition to the Around Manhattan Architecture Tour that I wrote about previously, the AIANY and Classic Harbor Line are holding other tours:
Lower Manhattan Tour
Around Manhattan Bridge and Infrastructure Tour
Featured Guide Series (Adam Yarinsky on June 15, Signe Nielsen on June 22, Eric Sanderson in the fall, with more TBA)
More information can be found via the Classic Harbor Line link above and on the AIANY website.
Below are some photos from the tour yesterday, which made its way from the boat’s slip at Chelsea Piers, south down the Hudson River and around the tip of Manhattan, up the East River to Roosevelt Island, and then back again in a large U-shaped sweep of the island.
Many of the tours depart around 5pm in the evening, meaning that the city is seen in the daylight and as the sun goes down. Seeing the city bathed in the orange glow of the sunset made it easier to brave the strong and chilly winds yesterday. In past tours the boat heads out to the Statue of Liberty first, but yesterday that waited until near the end. Therefore the congestion of Lower Manhattan (above) was particularly palpable as the boat motored by relatively close to shore.
It must be said that being on a boat tour means sensing the sky (above) so much more than one typically does while navigating about the city.
It also means that juxtapositions of one building or structure against another happens frequently…and quickly. Witness the 1-2-3 of the Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Bride, and Statue of Liberty below; it was there one moment (thanks to a tip of the tour guide) but gone a few moments later.
The same can be said of the Brooklyn Bridge fitting (almost in my photo below) between 8 Spruce Street and 4WTC as the sun sets in the same spot.
Yesterday’s cruise was different than the others I had been on before (one of which I served as a featured tour guide) due to being in the bay when the sun went down.
This made for some great picture postcard views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan. Too bad I didn’t bring a good camera instead of just my phone.
A great way to get a better understanding of the architecture and design of our metropolis is to take a guided New York City tour led by the American Institute of Architects. The “AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Tour“ circumnavigates the island of Manhattan by boat, offering a view of the “starchitecture” of the West Side, the skyscrapers of the Financial District and the icons of the East River. Observe it all from the yacht’s climate-controlled back deck observatory, or from the open bow. Tours take place at 1:45 p.m. on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at Chelsea Piers (Pier 62), West 22nd and Hudson River, Chelsea. Tickets are $76.