AIANY Lower Manhattan Architecture

at Classic Harbor Line - Chelsea

Course Details
$48 43 seats left
Start Date:

Thu, Oct 24, 11:30am - 1:00pm

Next start dates (2)

Chelsea, Manhattan
12th Ave Pier 62, Chelsea Piers
Btwn W 22nd & W 23rd Streets
New York, New York 10011
Not for children under 14 due to this cruise being a heavily-narrated tour experience
Purchase Options
Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 14 and older
Average Class Size: 45

What you'll learn in this city class:

The 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!

Aboard the teak decks of our elegant 1920s style yachts, the Manhattan and Manhattan II, you'll experience a comfortable and unique tour through the Hudson and East Rivers from the climate-controlled and enclosed back-deck observatory or wander to the outer decks for fresh air and sunlight (weather permitting).

Guests are additionally treated to a complimentary beer, wine or champagne from the bar & as well as soda, water, tea or coffee. Additional beverages and a full bar are available for purchase by credit card only.

On this 1.5-hour cruise, you will cover all the major sites of Lower Manhattan (below 59th Street). We'll also cruise along the Hudson River and New York Harbor with views of the Brooklyn Bridge 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 "starchitecture" boom; including buildings by Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel 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 including the Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
  • The adaptation of the High Line 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 Lower East Side.

Need to Know 

  • This cruise is a heavily-narrated tour experience. It's for those seeking an informative, exciting, and content-rich trip. We require guest conversations to be kept to a reasonable level so that narration can be heard by all.
  • Due to this cruise being a heavily-narrated tour experience, we strongly discourage children under 14 aboard. We recommend families to join us on Statue & Skyline tours, day sails or any other minimally narrated day time event.
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.

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Refund Policy
There are no refunds provided. Refunds will only be provided if we have to cancel the cruise/class.

We are always happy to honor reschedule requests if they are made 72 hour in advance of departure time.


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Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
11:30am - 1:00pm TBD 1 $48
6:30pm - 8:40pm TBD 1 $74
11:30am - 1:00pm TBD 1 $48

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Question from Anonymous
My mom is on a walker. Will she able to access the boat?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! Yes, they frequently accommodate guests in walkers on their boats. The crew is happy to assist with boarding, unboarding, and moving around the vessel as needed. Please do note that the restrooms are down a small flight of stairs on all of their boats. Hope this helps!

Reviews of Classes at Classic Harbor Line (264)

(264 Reviews)
AIANY Lower Manhattan Architecture
Reviewed by Andrea L. on 7/20/2019
Excellent. Beautiful boat, interesting lecture and great speaker. Highly recommend.
AIANY Lower Manhattan Architecture
Reviewed by Sara I. on 8/20/2018
Our tour guide was friendly, knowledgeable and funny! It was a beautiful boat in which to tour the city!
AIANY Lower Manhattan Architecture
Reviewed by Nina L. on 8/17/2018
AIANY Lower Manhattan Architecture
Reviewed by Anonymous on 5/26/2018
Great tour. Knowledgeable guide. Friendly crew
AIANY Lower Manhattan Architecture
Reviewed by Ella T. on 8/10/2016
It was an enjoyable experience.
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