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Abandoned Islands Sunset Cruise

Cruising past Abandoned Islands off the right bow.

Abandoned Islands Sunset Cruise

untapped New York’s Things to do this week in NYC : June 26th- July 3rd

Guests take photos of the abandoned islands and landscape port side

untapped New York named Classic Harbor Line‘s Abandoned Islands Sunset Cruise one of the top things to do this week in NYC!

Join Classic Harbor Line for a remarkable sunset cruise exploring the hidden gems of New York City’s North and South Brother Islands. Our expert urban naturalist will guide you through the particularly fascinating history of these islands. Many now reclaimed by nature and serving as sanctuaries for shorebirds.

Indeed! Bring your binoculars for viewing stunning wildlife!

Discover the captivating stories behind the 19th-century quarantine hospital, the former summer estate of a Yankees owner, and other intriguing mysteries of the East River islands. Sip on a glass of something bubbly while enjoying this unique blend of history and natural beauty.

Hot Tip! Keep an eye out for Black Crowned Night Herons among the ruins!

The tour, priced at $124, includes a glass of champagne and a sandwich. The cruise is timed correspondingly with sunset, providing stunning views of the city illuminated at night. This tour is offered aboard either our yacht Manhattan or Manhattan II. The Abandoned Islands Sunset Cruise is a limited engagement for the months of June, July, and August.

Read untapped new york‘s article about the Abandoned Island’s Sunset Cruise here! Looking for tickets? Book tickets here!

NYC’s Abandoned Islands

Off bow of Manhattan, guests see an Abandoned Island in the distance

“The Forgotten History of NYC’s Abandoned Islands – and how you can see them up close”

Comprehensive map of NYC with dots indicating; N.Brother Island, Mill Rock, S. brother Island, Roosevelt Island, Belmont Island, and Chelsea Pier 62

This story by Alex Oliveira highlights our unique new cruise. The Urban Naturalist Tour: Abandoned Islands. Classic Harbor Line‘s tour explores the abandoned islands along New York City’s East River, overflowing with history and natural beauty.

The cruise runs three-hours on our beautiful 1920s-style yacht. The tour reviewed was narrated by naturalist Gabriel Willow.

During the tour, guests visit several islands including; Belmont, Roosevelt, Randall’s, Mill Rock, North, and South Brother Islands. Each of these islands have diverse histories, from being homes to baseball stars like Babe Ruth to sites of historic maritime disasters and quarantine hospitals. Therefore, this cruise offers insights into these diverse histories and highlights the wildlife sanctuaries that have now become part of the island’s new life.

The tour, priced at $124, includes a glass of champagne as well as a sandwich. The cruise is correspondingly timed to allow you and your loved ones to enjoy all there is to see at sunset. This tour provides stunning views of the city illuminated at night. Additionally, passengers are encouraged to bring binoculars for unforgettable wildlife viewing aboard our boating adventure!

Read about NYC’s Abandoned Islands in the article here!

Classic Harbor Line’s Urban Naturalist Tour

Schooner Adirondack sailing on the Hudson River with a rainbow over the NYC Skyline

Classic Harbor Line’s Urban Naturalist Tour

Discovering New York’s Forgotten Isles:

A Unique Cruise Experience” – Hal C Clarke

Couple gazes out the windows of interior cabin at abandoned island across the water

TJV News reports on our exciting new cruise! Read the article here.

Experience New York City like never before with Classic Harbor Line’s Urban Naturalist Tour, offering an up-close look at the forgotten islands along the East River. These islands are teeming with history, having hosted baseball stars, maritime disasters, wildlife sanctuaries, and deadly diseases.

Our tour begins at the tiny Belmont Island. Then navigates past Roosevelt and Randall’s Islands before reaching Mill Rock at the Harlem River’s mouth. Next, we venture through Hell Gate to North and South Brother Islands; home to idyllic serene shorebird sanctuaries with a storied past.

Guided by naturalist Gabriel Willow, you’ll hear captivating tales of these islands’ inhabitants, including Typhoid Mary and former Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert. Following Ruppert, he owned a summer home on South Brother Island, where Babe Ruth often practiced batting. Ruppert is known for transforming the Yankees by bringing Babe Ruth to the team and building Yankee Stadium. The mansion burned down in 1909, and the island remained largely abandoned until it was transformed into a bird sanctuary in 2007.

You’ll also learn about the eerie remains of the quarantine hospital on North Brother Island, where Typhoid Mary spent her final years. Both islands now thrive as seabird sanctuaries, however they are now untouched by human activity.

The tour continues past Mill Rock, a fortified position during the War of 1812, now a nature educational center, and Belmont Island, created during tunnel construction beneath the river. Finally, the tour coincides with the sunset. The cruise offers stunning views of the city illuminated by night, providing a beautiful contrast to the natural stillness of the river islands.

Don’t miss this unique journey through New York’s hidden historical gems.

A $124 ticket includes a glass of champagne and a sandwich, making for a perfect evening on the water. Running every Sunday through July, this three-hour cruise aboard a 1920s-style yacht promises an adventure through time.

Book your ticket today and bring binoculars to enhance your experience.