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AIA Gold Medalists on Around Manhattan Tours

This month, 24,000 architects from across the county will gather in New York City for the annual conference of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). In honor of the event, our AIA Around Manhattan architecture tours will highlight some local recipients of the AIA’s Gold Medal, considered one of the most prestigious awards in the architecture world.

Since 1907, only 15 New York-based architects have received this award. This year, James Stewart Polshek, founder of the New York firm now known as Ennead, is the 2018 Gold Medalist. Ennead’s Standard Hotel project from 2009 is a star of our architecture tours—it’s the only newly constructed building allowed to straddle over the top of the High Line.

Altogether, 20 projects can be seen by AIA Gold Medalists on our tour including Steven Holl FAIA, Lous I. Kahn FAIA, and Cesar Pelli FAIA.


The Standard High Line Hotel
Meatpacking District
Ennead Architects, 2009
Rising above a former elevated train line that has become downtown’s favorite public park, the Standard High Line hotel includes and an outdoor public plaza with rotating art installations and a winter ice rink.



Hunters Point Community Library
Long Island City
Steven Holl FAIA, Architect
Located on a prominent site along the East River against the backdrop of recently built skyscraper condominiums, this 22,000 square foot library brings community-devoted space to the increasingly privatized Long Island City waterfront. The concrete structure of the building is exposed and aluminum painted, giving the exterior a subtle sparkle.


Four Freedoms Park, FDR Memorial
Roosevelt Island
Louis I. Kahn FAIA, Architect
Located on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island in New York City, the FDR Four Freedoms Park is the last work of the late Louis I. Kahn, an iconic architect of the 20th century. Executed by Mitchell/Giurgola Architects, the Park celebrates the Four Freedoms, as pronounced in President Roosevelt’s famous January 6, 1941 State of the Union speech.


Brookfield Place Commercial Center
Battery Park City
Cesar Pelli FAIA, Architect
Brookfield Place is a familiar presence on the New York City skyline, the four stepped towers forming the western wall of Lower Manhattan. While the architecture is unmistakably modern in detail and construction, the buildings reference architectural history, expanding the possibilities for skyscraper design and expressing the aspirations of the contemporary city.

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2018

Downtown Magazine listed us as one of the best experiential gifts for Father’s Day in 2018!   It’s almost time for that special day of the year in which we honor the father figures in our lives. Whether you celebrate Father’s Day with your dad, uncle, grandpa, or any person who is a father figure in your life, it’s always nice to get that person a little something. Whether big or small, a gift is a nice way to show appreciation for the all that this person contributes to your life. Click here to read more.

NYC Pride Fireworks Cruise

Thank you AMNY for the shout out about our NYC Pride Fireworks Cruises! 

Pride month goes well beyond the official New York City parade.

While thousands of locals will line up on Fifth Avenue to witness the annual festivities on June 24, there are plenty of other events this month dedicated to celebrating and supporting the LGBTQ community. Click here to keep reading. 

Staycation offers perfect antidote to surging gas prices!

Many Thanks to the Daily News for the shout out! 

With gas prices hovering near $4 a gallon, this could be the summer of staycations for New Yorkers looking for an affordable getaway. But don’t fret, a train ride into the City That Never Sleeps is a small price to pay to rediscover its many gems.

Manhattan also empties out during the steaming summer months as locals flock to beach towns and country homes, leaving bargains to be found at many of the hotels dotted across its 24 square miles…….click here to read more. 

NYC 4th of July Fireworks Cruise

NYC 4th of July Fireworks Cruise

NYC 4th of July Fireworks Cruise
Step aboard one of our classic boats for a magical NYC 4th of July Fireworks cruise out into NY Harbor and the East River!  We will have the best seats in the house over by the Brooklyn Bridge for the 41st annual Macy’s Day Fireworks display.  This display is the largest display of fireworks in our nation and celebrates our freedom with the most famous skyline in the world as the backdrop. What better place to be than on a yacht and sitting right under them!?

Listen to the ooo’s and aah’s and watch the sky light up with colorful bursts of light on our NYC 4th of July Fireworks Cruise.  Sip on Champagne with those that you love and let our most hospitable crew cater to your every need. 

Make your evening as magical as the display of fireworks and step aboard one of our luxury yachts for an evening that you will not forget. 

We all know that the Macy’s Fireworks are something that just cannot be missed and the best place to view them is from the crowd free decks of one of our yachts.  An added little bonus of being on one of our classic boats is that you will also get to see the Fireworks that are set off of the Statue of Liberty!  Two displays of Fireworks in one night!? 

Choose from one of our five different yachts that will depart from Chelsea Piers, Pier 62.  Enjoy our climate enclosed all glass observatory on one of our motor yachts or sit on the open decks of one of our stunning sailboats.  Each of our NYC 4th of July Fireworks cruise will have complimentary drinks (beer, wine, Champagne and soft drinks) and the food will vary depending on which boat you are on.  



NYC 4th of July Fireworks Cruise | Classic Harbor Line

Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise aboard Luxury Yacht Manhattan II

Join us for a 4th of July celebration aboard the 1920s style luxury yacht Manhattan II.  This vessel offers you great views of the Macy’s July 4th Fireworks, Statue of Liberty and NYC skyline, from its forward open air deck, or its glassed-in skylight observatory.

  Duration: 3.5 hrs  Boat: Manhattan II  Cost: $598

Fourth of July Sail aboard Schooner America 2.0

Fourth of July Sail aboard Schooner America 2.0

Set sail for the Fourth of July upon the decks of the most opulent sailboat in all of New York City: the 105 foot America 2.0 — a modernized replica of the first winner of the America’s Cup race of 1851!  Guests are treated to a complimentary open bar, heavy passed hors d’ oeuvres prepared by our on board chef and a 3 hour excursion on the Hudson River amongst the entire New York July 4th flotilla!  Be aboard the most stunning and patriotic yacht in the NYC Fleet!

  Duration: 3 hrs  Boat: America 2.0  Cost: $498

Fourth of July Cruise aboard Yacht Manhattan

Fourth of July Cruise aboard Yacht Manhattan

Join us for the 4th of July celebration on board the 1920s style luxury yacht Manhattan. This vessel offers you great views of the fireworks, Statue of Liberty, and NYC skyline from its forward open air deck or its glass observatory. The cruise includes a complimentary beer, wine, champagne, soda, water, four courses of passed hors d’oeuvres, and dessert.

  Duration: 3.5 hrs  Boat: Manhattan  Cost: $498

Fourth of July Sail abroad the Schooner Adirondack

Fourth of July Sail aboard the Schooner Adirondack

Join us for the 4th of July celebration onboard the Adirondack. Experience a great view of the fireworks and the New York City skyline! Climb aboard the Schooner Adirondack and join your captain in this joyful, picturesque sail. Surrounded by other boats in a festive holiday atmosphere, the spirit of July 4th will fill the harbor! There will be an open beer, soda, wine, and champagne bar. Guests are welcome to pack a picnic or bring their own snacks, but hors d’ oeuvres will be provided!  Join us for the 4th of July celebration onboard the Adirondack.

  Duration: 3.10 hrs  Boat: Adirondack  Cost: $468

Fourth of July Cruise aboard Yacht Kingston

Fourth of July Cruise aboard Yacht Kingston

Step aboard the most intimate classic yacht in town to take in the spectacular Macy’s Fireworks on the East River! You and up to only 29 other guests will be aboard one of our 1920s-style water taxi to zip out on to the Hudson & East Rivers in style! The Kingstonfeatures wrap-around seating, a covered area midship and an uncovered forward deck for excellent skyward views. A well-appointed restroom and a fully stocked bar will be available.

  Duration: 3 hrs  Boat: Kingston  Cost: $428


Music Cruises on the water!

Enjoy some live music this summer on one of our NYC Music Cruises!  Whether it be live Jazz or a live Irish Band you can’t go wrong.  Cruise with us out into NY Harbor with a loved one,Classic Harbor Line friends, co-workers or family and have the time of your life whether it be relaxing or dancing the night away. 

The classic Yacht Manhattan II will host our in house Jazz Trio – The Boat Band for a live jazz cruise.  Sip on Champagne and enjoy an evening on the water while our most professional crew caters to you on this fabulous boat ride. Not into Jazz then step aboard for a live Irish Music Cruise. Dance the night away while listening to live Irish music played by the well traveled band: Sláinte!  You may hear anything from classic old Irish tunes, to Dropkick Murphy covers (and anything in between) and are sure to have a once in a life time experience.

Looking for some romance?  Then step aboard the 105 foot schooner America 2.0 for a live Jazz City Lights Sail.  Sit under the star filled sky and listen to tunes by the world renowned Ginetta’s Vendetta.

Which ever cruise you choose, our yachts will give you a whole new perspective of this stunning city and will keep you coming back for more. So sit back and relax and enjoy a NYC Music Cruise while live musicians accompany the evening! 

NYC Jazz Cruise | Classic Harbor Line

Evening Jazz Cruise

Cruise New York City’s famous harbor aboard the luxury 1920s style yacht Manhattan while listening to live jazz music by the Classic Harbor Line Jazz Trio, The Boat Band! Learn more about our NYC Jazz Cruise!  This is truly the perfect way to start your evening with sipping on some Champagne and relaxing to the soothing sound of the jazz. 

  Duration: 2 hrs  Boat: Manhattan  Cost: Adult $84

Live Irish Music Cruise

Cruise New York City’s famous harbor aboard the 1920s-style yacht *Manhattan* or *Manhattan II* while listening to live Irish music by the well traveled band: Sláinte. (Sláinte (slahn-chuh): Irishspeak for Cheers!)  On this 2 hour rockin cruise you may hear anything from classic old Irish tunes, to Dropkick Murphy covers (and anything in between) and are sure to have a once in a life time experience. Take in the sites that this city has to offer while enjoying this fun and entertaining cruise.

  Duration: 2 hrs  Boat: Manhattan or Manhattan II  Cost: Adult $74

Live Jazz City Lights Sail

Join us for a magical evening of live jazz aboard the decks of our stunning 105 foot schooner.  Sit back and relax with a glass of Champagne in hand and glide through the darkness of NY Harbor with the twinkling skyline as your backdrop.  This sail is perfect for date night or a group of friends looking to do something unique.

  Duration: 1.75 hrs  Boat: Schooner America 2.0  Cost: Adult $72
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