For many, the month of October signals the return of sweaters, fall foliage, and pumpkin spice lattes. But the city’s architecture and design buffs have also been eagerly anticipating Archtober, AIA New York’s celebration of the built environment. In collaboration with the city’s cultural institutions, Archtober fosters awareness of architecture’s role in everyday life through exhibitions, conferences, films, lectures, and the Building of the Day tours. Classic Harbor Line’s Around Manhattan & Lower Manhattan Architecture Boat Tours are the ideal way to glimpse many of this year’s exciting crop of “Buildings of the Day”. Book a ticket on the Luxury Yacht Manhattan II for an comprehensive look at NYC’s built environment and explore the following Archtober highlights from the water.
-The dramatic transformation of Governors Island from an abandoned ex-military base into a vibrant, resilient and thriving mixed-use destination
-The Woolworth Building’s Tower Residences: Cass Gilbert’s Gothic inspired masterpiece
-56 Leonard Street: Herzog & de Meuron’s daring cantilevered apartments
-The Hills on Governors Island: West 8’s engineered Hills – The Upper Bay’s new destination
-Cornell Tech: This energy efficient campus, designed by an interdisciplinary “dream team”, continues Roosevelt Island’s progressive ideals
-Roy & Diana Vagelos Education Building: Columbia Medical Center’s award winning Diller Scofidio + Renfro design including its Study Cascade
-And while the Archtober Building of the Day tour of Roosevelt Island and Cornell Tech is sold out, you can STILL experience the complex by boat, including “the Bridge,” a first-of-its-kind building bringing academia and industry together to get new technologies and products to market, and “the House,” a residential building for students, faculty, and staff that is the world’s first Passive House high-rise.
So get out on the water this Fall season and enjoy learning about the Architecture of NYC from the perspective of the water.