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AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture

Embark on a captivating journey through NYC's architectural wonders aboard 1920s-inspired yachts. Discover the stories behind iconic landmarks, explore waterfront transformations, and admire engineering marvels while enjoying the breathtaking views of Manhattan's skyline. Join us for an immersive experience narrated by a member of the American Institute of Architects.

  • Level All levels
  • Age 18 and older
  • Price $112
  • Location 12th Ave, New York, NY
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  • $112
  • Chelsea Piers – Pier 62 @ 12th Ave Pier 62, Chelsea Piers, New York, NY 10011
  • Ticket price is per person. Minimum purchase of 2 tickets required for this tour.
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Class Description

Description

What you'll learn in this cruise tour:

Key Points about this Tour:

  • 2.75 hours
  • Ticket price is per person. Minimum of 2 and Maximum of 9 ticket purchase for $112
  • Private elegant tables assigned to each booking. Each features cushioned section, a large exterior window and plexiglass dividers.
  • Offered aboard Manhattan or Manhattan II (1920s inspired yachts)
  • Capacity limitations will follow the New York State guidelines
  • Fully Circumnavigates the Island of Manhattan.
  • Hosted & narrated by a member of the American Institute of Architects
  • Indoor climate-controlled seating and outdoor seating available
  • One complimentary beer, wine, Champagne or soft drink is offered. Additional beverages are available for purchase.

Step aboard the teak decks of our elegant 1920s style yachts, the Manhattan and Manhattan II, and enjoy NYC's architectural landmarks from the water.

The "Around Manhattan" tour narration, provided by members of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) NYC chapter, is general enough for visitors yet detailed enough for the locals.

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.

On this 2.75-hour cruise, you will circumnavigate the island of Manhattan (passing under all 18 bridges) while taking in monuments, architecture, parks and infrastructure.

Highlights, topics and themes of the AIANY tour include:

  • Exploration of planning visions for both reclaiming the post-industrial waterfront, as the "6th Borough", and addressing rising sea levels
  • Insightful coverage of Manhattan's classic spires, including the Chrysler and Woolworth Buildings, as well as a sharp focus on the new World Trade Center buildings and recent local, national, and international award-winning architects; including buildings by Frank Gehry and other noted international and local architects
  • The greater waterfront access allowed by new parks and recreation piers including the ecologically driven features designed by leading landscape architects
  • The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the newest waterfront monument: Roosevelt Island's FDR Four Freedoms Park
  • NYC's engineering masterpieces: the Brooklyn and George Washington Bridges as well as lesser known "swing bridges" along the Harlem River
  • The adaptation of the Highline as an elevated, linear park and its role in the development of West Chelsea and Hudson Yards.
  • The story of post WWII urban renewal and public housing along the waterfronts of the Lower East Side and East Harlem.

What is not included?

  • Guarantee of a full circumnavigation of Manhattan is not included. On rare occasions, the Spuyten Duyvil train bridge is inoperable and cannot open for us to pass through. This is often times not known until our tour is underway. River closures may also occur for a number of reasons. There are no refunds for tours that cannot fully circumnavigate. We will accommodate such cases with a tour that features a double backing of the route and further detail of the waterfront sites.
  • Food is not included.

FAQs:

What is the seating like?

  • Seating styles vary across the fleet. On all boats there is outdoor seating available. On the motor boats, indoor seating in covered areas is also available.
  • The Manhattans have large enclosed climate-controlled spaces for year-round comfort.  This interior seating is on cushioned benches that wrap around tables.

How many guests will be on the boat?

  • All excursions will be at the State or city mandated capacity.

May I smoke aboard?

  • No. Smoking is not allowed on our boats at any time.

Can I eat on the boat?

  • Very light food options will be available on board. For health and safety reasons, if you are bringing your own food, we ask that it be nothing more than a simple light snack.

Can I bring my own alcohol?

  • No outside alcohol is permitted, but it is okay to bring personal bottled water or non-alcoholic beverages on any of our excursions.  A complimentary beer, wine, Champagne or soft drink is available on each excursion and additional beverages are available for purchase.

Meeting Location:

  • Chelsea Piers (Pier 62) - W. 22nd and Hudson River (Manhattan, NY)
  • Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.

Other Policies:

  • This cruise is a heavily-narrated tour experience. We recommend it for those seeking an informative, exciting, and content-rich trip. We require guest conversations be kept to a reasonable level so that narration can be heard by all.
  • The activity runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where the seller is forced to cancel the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability), receive credit for a future event, or receive a refund.

School Notes:

For your security, at check-in, you are required to present a valid photo identification that must be identical to the contact name listed on your booking.

Refund Policy

We are not able to offer refunds.

Requests for cancellation, rescheduling or conversion to credit must be sent by email to [email protected]. An option to reschedule or convert to credit is available up until 3 business days prior to departure.

Most activities run regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where the seller is forced to cancel the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability), receive credit for a future event, or receive a refund.

If you arrive late for your departure and miss the boat your ticket cannot be refunded.

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

Reviews of Classes at Classic Harbor Line (314)

(4.6-star rating across 314 reviews)
  • AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture

    Reviewed by Janet L. on 9/10/2023
    This was wonderful, informative and a perfect way to see the area!!
  • AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture

    Anonymous review on 1/30/2023
    Really wonderful and insightful cruise. Learnt so much about the city and its diverse architecture. Highly recommend, the perfect way to see New York
  • AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture

    Reviewed by Christina J. on 11/24/2022
    This was such a lovely experience. We learned a ton, and had a great time.
  • AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture

    Reviewed by Diane V. on 9/15/2022
    This architectural trip around NYC was by far the best!!! The boat was just the right size, air-conditioned, clean, spacious, and comfortable. During the tour, you got to see all 5 boroughs. The tour guide who led the tour was so informative - we learned so much about all things that we passed on the way. He was never at a loss for words. This made the trip! 3 hours flew by! Loved the complimentary champagne
  • AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture

    Reviewed by Sonal D. on 8/5/2022
    It was fun and educational, lovely boat, great crew! Went by fast!
  • AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture

    Reviewed by Celine H. on 6/19/2022
    It was outstanding. Highly recommend this to anyone visiting NYC. Will do it again.
  • AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture

    Anonymous review on 1/27/2019
    Very informative and interesting. Staff is pleasant and helpful. Nice variety of beverages.
  • AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture

    Reviewed by Beverly R. on 12/21/2018
    The crew were very accommodating and efficient which made the trip quite enjoyable. Though not an architect, interesting to learn about them. Seeing the buildings from the Hudson River shows a different perspective . There are big windows to look out at the city, comfortable seats and going outside on the bow to get a clear look is amazing. .Complimentary drink and snack a nice touch
  • AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture

    Reviewed by Judy J. on 12/17/2018
    The crew were very accommodating. The person giving the tour provided a wealth of information. Very interesting, I would take the course again.
  • AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture

    Anonymous review on 9/17/2018
    Equal parts enjoyable and informative. The team does a great job ensuring the trip is smooth sails. Highly recommended.
  • AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture

    Reviewed by Benjamin D. on 6/19/2018
    Guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. The food was very good. Even as a New Yorker there is much to learn and see.
  • AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture

    Reviewed by Sarah Z. on 6/18/2018
    Loved it. Was a spectacular day, so that always makes for a perfect trip. I've taken this once before and would even take again, does not get old or uninteresting.
  • AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture

    Reviewed by Whitley M. on 8/6/2017
    Very informative, pleasant experience. I've lived in New York my whole life and have been on different tours before but I've still learned so much from this cruise in such a beautiful yacht.
  • AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture

    Reviewed by Daniela L. on 7/2/2017
    The boat cruise is a good value given how informative the speaker is and that it includes a drink and snacks. The boat itself is beautiful, air conditioned, and spacious, with space to also stand outside on the front of the boat. The tour itself is good for architects and non-architects alike, even though almost no one on the boat is an architect. The tour touches upon a large number of buildings but does not go very in depth into them because of how many buildings they need to cover in a short period of time. That being said, there is time to ask the instructor questions in the latter half of the tour when the boat passes through the northern parts of Manhattan.
  • AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture

    Reviewed by Heather-Anne W. on 4/15/2017
    This was one of the highlights of my visit to NYC. To spend nearly 3 hours going all around New York from a sailing boat was stunning. The information i gleaned of the architects and architecture of NYC was invaluable and presented in a very well informed interesting way. The ship's crew were very attentive and the idea of presenting wine or soft drinks with a Greek mezzo was an excellent idea. I shall definite do this tour again as so much to take in in one trip. Highly recommended
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Students highly recommend the classes at AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture, praising the informative and engaging courses. They learn a great deal about the diverse architecture of New York City, gaining insights that are valuable even for lifetime New Yorkers. While they cover many buildings, they also have the chance to ask in-depth questions. The classes are both fun and educational, blending a wealth of information with an enjoyable cruise experience. Students find the boat comfortable, with refreshments included, and commend the staff for their professionalism and efficiency. They appreciate the value of the experience, noting they would take the course again. Quotes: 1. "Really wonderful and insightful cruise. Learnt so much about the city and its diverse architecture." 2. "This architectural trip around NYC was by far the best!!! The tour guide who led the tour was so informative - we learned so much about all things that we passed on the way." 3. "Very informative, pleasant experience. I've lived in New York my whole life and have been on different tours before but I've still learned so much from this cruise."

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