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NYC Architecture Cruise


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Join us for a NYC Architecture boat tour! AIA New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), in collaboration with Classic Harbor Line, is pleased to announce the 2023 AIANY Around Manhattan Boat Tour’s fourteenth Season.

This NYC Architecture Boat Tour is a popular pick!  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.  three distinct tours are offered: Around Manhattan Architecture, Climate Change Tour: Resiliency, Sustainable 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:

These NYC Architecture Boat 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 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. 

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 $116 | Student $86

World One and the Yacht Manhattan II | Classic Harbor Line

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 »


  Duration: 2.75 hrs   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $116 | Student $86

A tour guide giving a tour on a boat in NYC Harbor

AIANY Climate Change and Architecture Tour

The best way to understand the many facets of climate change in New York City is by traveling along its waterways….Join us aboard Yacht Manhattan or Manhattan II for the *AIANY Climate Change Tour: Resiliency, Sustainable Architecture and the Future of NYC * and learn about how climate change is affecting our city and people, and the actions NYC is taking to mitigate pending threats and reduce its carbon footprint. This tour will address the pressing need for sustainable design and greater resiliency, delving into how New York City is reducing fossil fuel consumption, strengthening its natural habitats, and reimagining its transportation infrastructure. The tour will also explore the importance of the environmental justice movement in New York City. (Offered on Fridays!) Continuing education credits available »

  Duration: 2.75 hrs (offered on Most Fridays)   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $116 | Student $86

Military History Tour of New York Harbor

Military History Tour of New York Harbor

In honor of our National Holiday Weekends, Classic Harbor Line and Turnstile Tours have teamed up to offer a special series of Naval Harbor History Tours! Join us on Memorial Day Weekend for a special, in-depth tour of our rich harbor-related war history.  This special 2.5-hour tour will explore the military history of New York Harbor from the Revolutionary War to today, with special emphasis on the role of the port in World War II. We will visit historic military sites, monuments, fortifications and see historic and modern fighting ships up close (especially during Fleet Week).

  Duration: 2.5 hrs   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $116

NYC Skyline photo from the deck of Yacht Manhattan II

Paseo en Barco por la Arquitectura de Nueva York con narración en Español

THIS TOUR IS ONLY OFFERED ON PRIVATE EVENTS – Narrado en español por uno de los guías del Instituto Americano de Arquitectos – Nueva York (AIANY). Se ofrece a bordo de Kingston es un mini yate de casco blanco con una cabina totalmente cubierta con grandes ventanales, y una sección de proa exterior. Disfrute de los tesoros arquitectónicos de Nueva York desde un elegante y cómodo barco. La mejor manera de conocer la ciudad. Las obras de arquitectos ganadores de premios nacionales e internacionales, incluidos muchos arquitectos españoles y latinoamericanos.

  Duration: For Private Events Only   Boat: Yacht Kingston   Cost: See charter rates

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