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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 while Classic Harbor Line’s crew serves a complimentary beer, wine or Champagne and light snacks.

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.

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**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

World One and the Yacht Manhattan II | Classic Harbor Line

AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Tour

Guided by members of the American Institute of Architects, the New York City architecture tour will take you on a full circumnavigation of the island of Manhattan. During the 2 hour and 45 minute cruise you will explore recent and innovative skyscrapers, local, national, and international award-winning architects, enduring Art Deco and Beaux Arts icons as well as waterfront parks and infrastructure.  The newest features of the evolving Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens & Bronx waterfronts are seen in comfort and style, from the climate-controlled, enclosed back-deck observatory or from our open bow; for some fresh air and sunlight. Light hors d’ oeuvres and a complimentary beer, wine, or champagne is included. Continuing education credits available »


  Duration: 2.75 hrs   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $88 | Student $72

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

AIANY Urban Ecology Tour

This unique circumnavigation of the island of Manhattan will explore green infrastructure designed to both restore the health and productivity of the region’s marine ecology and to create resilient edges to mitigate storm surge and sea level rise. The tour will be hosted by Arthur Platt AIA, along with guest guides Pete Malinowski, Executive Director of Restoration for the Billion Oyster Project (BOP), and Clara Holmes, a Field Scientist with NYC Parks, specializing in botany. Guests will hear accounts of the abundant marine life documented by 17th century explorers and learn how subsequent settlement patterns and resource use led to the estuary’s decline. Today’s ecological goals, including efforts to rebuild native oyster habitat and create sanctuaries for migratory fish and waterfowl, embody a renewed commitment to restoring native ecology along our shared urban shoreline. Continuing education credits available »

  Duration: 2.75 hrs   Boat: Manhattan II   Cost: $88 Adult | $72 Student

NYC Skyline by Boat with Classic Harbor Line

AIANY Lower Manhattan Architecture Tour

Lower Manhattan Architecture Tour narration, provided by members of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) New York Chapter, is general enough for visitors, yet detailed enough for the locals, design students and professionals! (Students should take advantage of our reduced ‘student’ tickets on this tour.) On this 90 minute cruise, you will cover all the major sites of Lower Manhattan (below 59th Street) and see views of the Brooklyn, and Manhattan Bridges while taking in monuments, architecture, parks and infrastructure. Continuing education credits available »

  Duration: 1.5 hrs   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $58 | Student $42

NYC Sightseeing Boat Ride | Classic Harbor Line

AIANY Around Manhattan Bridge Infrastructure Tour

John Kriskiewicz, professor of Architecture and City Planning at Parsons and FIT, is your host for a full circumnavigation tour that takes an in depth look at the engineering marvels of all of New York City’s fantastic, historic, and wildly different bridges and tunnels! Historical anecdotes and tales of great human engineering feats tell the story of these great 18 bridges and 4 tunnels. Light Hors d’ oeuvres and a complimentary beer, wine or Champagne is included. Continuing education credits available »

  Duration: 2.75 hrs   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $88 | Student $72

AIANY Around Manhattan Historic Architecture Tour

The narration, provided by members of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) NYC chapter, is general enough for visitors yet detailed enough for the locals and is as comprehensive as the standard AIANY circumnavigation tour. Aboard the yachts, experience a comfortable and unique tour through the Hudson, East, and Harlem Rivers from the climate-controlled and enclosed back-deck observatory or wander to the outer decks for fresh air and sunlight with a complimentary beverage in hand. The Historic Architecture Boat Tour will circumnavigate the island of Manhattan, focusing on individual landmark buildings and historic districts, as well as historic monuments, bridges, and landscapes. Among the themes to be explored are:

•    Adaptive re-use of historic structures, such as The High Line, that have been creatively reinvented for new uses along the post-industrial waterfront
•    Protecting architectural heritage, including the evolution and implementation of New York City’s Landmarks Law
•    Sustainability and historic buildings

Continuing education credits available »

  Duration: 2.75 hrs   Boat: Manhattan or Manhattan II   Cost: Adult $88 | Student $72

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 $88 | Student $72

Waterfront Plan Boat Tour: Accessible, Active, and Resilient

Waterfront Plan Boat Tour: Accessible, Active, and Resilient

Step aboard the teak decks of our elegant 1920s style yachts, the *Manhattan* and *Manhattan II*, and enjoy this full circumnavigation! NYC’s Department of City Planning (NYCDCP) has officially kicked off the planning stages for the next Comprehensive Waterfront Plan. Published every ten years, the NYC Comprehensive Waterfront Plan aims at making New York City’s 520 miles of waterfront accessible, active, and resilient. This plan provides a vision for the city’s waterfront for the next decade and beyond. Join on this adaptation of AIANY’s Around Manhattan Architecture Boat Tour, which will feature special guest speakers Jay Valgora AIA (Waterfront Management Advisory Board member and founder of STUDIO V Architecture), Claudia Herasme (Chief Urban Designer, NYCDCP), andMichael L. Marrella AICP (Director of Waterfront and Open Space Planning, NYCDCP), who will collectively discuss waterfront planning efforts—past, current, and future—as we sail around NYC’s waterfront. Arthur Platt AIA, AIANY Host Guide, will fill in relevant architecture and infrastructure narration throughout. This tour is operated in partnership with Classic Harbor Line and the New York City Department of City Planning. 

Offered  August 22nd 2020 @ 1:45pm 

Continuing education credits available »

  Duration: 2.75 hrs   Boat: Manhattan or Manhattan II   Cost: Adult $86

Woman Architecture Tour

AIANY Women in Architecture NYC Boat Tour

Join the AIANY Women in Architecture Committee for a special networking architecture cruise focused on a wide range of waterfront projects designed or built by women. AIANY guide Julie Engh, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, will welcome several expert guest speakers (TBA), who collectively will provide lively narration covering architecture and engineering landmarks from all eras of the city’s history, as well as current urban planning and environmental issues impacting urban waterfronts. We’ll cruise the Hudson, East and Harlem Rivers, and explore women’s contributions to the recent transformation of an industrial waterfront to one of booming real estate development, ecologically-driven landscape design, and resilient infrastructure. Tour features include iconic Art Deco spires, historic engineering marvels, adaptive reuse, and progressive waterfront parks. 

Offered on July 20th 2020 @ 10.15am 

Continuing education credits available »

  Duration: 2.75 hrs   Boat: Manhattan or Manhattan II   Cost: Adult $86 | Student $68