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AIA New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), in collaboration with Classic Harbor Line, is pleased to announce the 2019 AIANY Around Manhattan Boat Tour’s tenth Season.

To accommodate demand, the Yacht Manhattan II has joined the Classic Harbor Line’s fleet to serve an expanded menu for architecture and infrastructure tours. Five distinct tours are offered: Around Manhattan Architecture, Lower Manhattan Architecture, Bridge & Infrastructure  Tour, the Historic Architecture Tour and Industrial Waterfront Tour to Freshkills Park.

Meticulously designed 1920’s-style yachts offer comfortable, teak detailed, climate controlled cabins with excellent sight lines. Guests are free to wander the decks for even greater views!

What do the tours cover:

Tours, provided by AIANY guides, are scheduled seven days a week and offer visitors, locals, architecture tourists and students insightful narration covering New York’s iconic landmarks, modern architecture and engineering masterpieces including Art Deco spires, harbor monuments and infrastructure like the Chrysler Building, the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge, plus recent buildings by Frank Gehry, FAIA, Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA, among other world-renowned architects are just a few of the tour highlights seen from New York City’s historic waterways.

Tour features are thematically linked to illustrate the transformation of NYC’s waterfront from industry to booming residential development, ecologically driven park design and resilient urban planning to accommodate storm surge and rising sea levels.

AIA CES 1.5 to 2.5 LU HSW Continuing Education Credits offered.

Read more Praise for the AIANY Architecture Tours. Meet the guides

**Each AIANY cruise occurring during the month of October, are presented in association with Archtober – an annual conglomeration of New York City wide events dedicated to Architecture and Design. 

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AIANY Urban Ecology & Infrastructure Boat Tour

This tour focuses on innovative efforts to restore the Harbor’s historically abundant marine life while also expanding vital “working waterfront” infrastructure. The AIANY Guide (American Institute of Architects) will delve into a range of historic and recent “working waterfront” operations located side by side with new public access piers and parks. Other topics of discussion will be the key waterfront sites including: Battery Park City, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Buttermilk Channel, Governors Island, Gowanus Bay, Sims Metal Recycling, the Brooklyn Army Terminal, Owl’s Head Wastewater Treatment Plant, Staten Island’s waterfront development, Bayonne Golf Club, Global Container Terminal, Robbins Reef Lighthouse, Weeks Marine and Liberty State Park.  They will address the challenges facing NYC aquatic species: Oysters, Striped Bass, Shad, Sturgeon, and myriad waterfowl.  Also, a discussion of multi-pronged efforts to improve health through lowering carbon emissions, water pollution and reducing solid waste volume.  And lastly we will address how NYC is addressing sea level rise and frequent storm events with resilient waterfront planning. Continuing education credits available »

  Duration: 2.5 hrs   Boat: Manhattan II   Cost: Starting at $86 -$106 Adult | $68 Student

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AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Tour

Explore NYC’s new and enduring architecture, engineering marvels and the revitalized waterfront from the teak decks of Classic Harbor Line’s elegant motor yachts. The “Around Manhattan’s” insightful tour narration is eloquently shared by AIANY (American Institute of Architects) members. The story of NYC’s development is described as a broad overview for visitors yet includes deeper insights to satisfy demanding locals. Catch new and alluring sites including Little Island at Pier 55, the Hudson Yards “mega-project”, the continuing ascent of “supertall” luxury residential towers and join a discussion of how cities might adapt in the post-Covid era. Continuing education credits available »

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  Duration: 2.75 hrs   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Starting at Adult $86 - $106 | Student $68

AIANY Industrial Waterways Tour to Freshkills Park

AIANY Industrial Waterfront Tour into Freshkills Park

Cruise the active, vibrant waterway of the Kill Van Kull and into the heart of Freshkills Park of Staten Island on one of our luxury yachts. The AIANY & planners of the Freshkills Park host this special Classic Harbor Line tour. This is the only water tour available to the public into the Freshkills waterway. Officially closed in 2001, Freshkills has embarked on a 30-year project to be transformed into the largest city park in NYC! Continuing education credits available »

 

  Duration: 3.25 hrs   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $86 - $106 | Student $68

NYC Architecture at Night

AIANY Architecture and the Lights of Gotham

Building on the successful ten-year collaboration between AIANY and Classic Harbor Line, this new architecture boat tour capitalizes on the remarkable skyline of Manhattan after sunset. From the time the Brooklyn Bridge was inaugurated with dazzling lights and fireworks in 1883, architects and lighting designers have understood the importance of presenting their structures in the night sky. “The city that never sleeps” is stunningly illuminated more than ever. Today’s designers have a sophisticated array of sources, colors and programs to operate their lighting systems. Take to the waters with an expert AIANY guide to see the latest in how architects and lighting designers are creating a new, more dynamic nighttime experience. View the famously mesmerizing lights of Manhattan and explore the latest trends and innovations in architectural lighting. There really is no better way to capture this view as the iconic NYC skyline reflects off the surrounding waters. This two hour-and fifteen-minute narrated cruise will depart at sunset from Chelsea Piers in Manhattan and will include the Lower Hudson River, the Upper Bay and the East River. Prominent examples include the Statue of Liberty from 1886, the Woolworth Tower in 1913, the 1931 Empire State Building, and New York City’s latest supertall building, One World Trade Center. Continuing education credits available »

  Duration: 2.25 hrs   Boat: Manhattan or Manhattan II   Cost: Adult $78 | Student $56