AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Tour

Classic Harbor Line

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Step aboard the teak decks of our elegant 1920s style yacht, the Manhattan, 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. 

(**Due to increased demand for this tour, additional tours have been made available aboard the Yacht Kingston -- our brand new 1920s style cruiser!  She will accommodate smaller more intimate tours and features the same food and beverage inclusions. Kingston has a bar and one restroom and is not climate controlled.  She does offer full shade and wide open views with perimeter seating.  Her tours last 3.25 hrs. Cruises on Kingston are offered generally on Saturday & Sunday at 9:45 AM and 2:00 PM)

Aboard the Manhattan, 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. Guests are treated to a complimentary beer, wine or champagne from the bar & light snacks as well as soda, water, tea or coffee. Additional beverages and a full bar are available for purchase.

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 2013 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 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?

Gratuity is not included in the price of your cruise. Parties of 12 or more will be contacted shortly after purchasing tickets to provide credit card information for an additional charge of 18% gratuity.
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. 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.

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.)
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Wonderful Experience
rbern713 Sun, Sep 28  1:45 PM Male 60-69 Local Family Without Children
Thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful architectural tour of Manhattan. It was made special by the friendly staff and our fantastic guide from the AIA, Joe Lengeling. His depth of knowledge of NY was extraordinary, but he was able to give us just the key, interesting facts of the hundred or so buildings that we passed in our whirlwind 3-hour tour. I found his stories about Robert Moses most interesting. Can't wait to return with more of my family.
Rating: 5
Fantastic Tour of NYC
maobrien12 Fri, Sep 26  1:45 PM Female 70+ Local Family With Children
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour on the 1920 yacht with a wonderful commentary by the on board architect ! We all live 45 min. from Manhattan but learned so much about the architecture of the beautiful buildings that we have seen so many times. Seeing the skyline of Manhattan from the water is a must for anyone!!
Rating: 5
Highlight of our Weekend
randenise Fri, Sep 26  10:00 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Outstanding tour, narrated by Doug, a native of Manhattan and super knowledgeable about the architecture on Manhattan. Lovely boat, friendly crew.
Rating: 5
Very educational
HDKevinBurns Fri, Sep 26  10:00 AM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
The boat was very clean and relaxing. The crew were very curious and helpful. The description and knowledge of what we were seeing was very good and they did not mind answering any questions. Being able to see both sides of Manhatten from the Hudson and the East River was remarkable. I definitely recommend this tour.
Rating: 5
An informative afternoon
jjf250 Thu, Sep 25  1:45 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
The trip was informative and a nice way to spend time on the water. Highly recommend for those who have an interest in the development of the city. People were nice and food was pleasant.
Rating: 5
Wonderful Experience
DroutR Thu, Sep 25  1:45 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
The boat was very comfortable and the atmosphere was friendly and informal. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and spoke clearly and with just the right amount of humor. A free drink and free cheese and fruit were also much appreciated. Finally, a tour that lasts almost 3 hours allows one to really settle back, learn and enjoy.
Rating: 5
we enjoyed the trip very much!!
IngerG Thu, Sep 25  1:45 PM Female 60-69 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
A trip like this also makes one want to know more - for instance sosio economic conditions in relation to People living in different building areas.
Rating: 3
Weather was too bad to attend
RosemaryFlan Thu, Sep 25  1:45 PM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Was this held? The weather was very bad and I thought it was canceled. Please advise.
Rating: 4
Very Interesting and relaxing
sgallinaro Fri, Sep 19  1:45 PM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Great way to see the city and have a relaxing afternoon
Rating: 5
Almost a perfect afternoon!
Kemehanna Fri, Sep 19  1:45 PM Female 40-49 Combination Family Without Children
The boat was very comfortable - there were about 45 passengers on our tour and no one was crowded in. The crew was extremely pleasant. The guide was terrific - we really enjoyed hearing about so many different landmarks in Manhattan, NJ, and Brooklyn. It was really a lovely tour and experience. The only thing to bring down the experience was the group of 8 who brought two toddlers on board. A three hour tour in a confined space didn't sit well with the toddlers - even despite the huge buffet this family brought on board - they literally filled a table with food (that looked like it ended up everywhere). It was disappointing and it took away from the experience. But, otherwise it was a terrific tour - I would do it again with another group of friends - and hope that we had a better chance of not getting disruptive toddlers on board.
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What exactly do we see on the cruise?
Depending on tides & currents, the Manhattan may travel north or south first to start the circumnavigation. Sites include: the Empire State Building and the tree-lined upper west side, the George Washington Bridge, the New Jersey Palisades on the west side embankment, the Harlem River & East River. The United Nations, the Williamsburg, Manhattan, and Brooklyn Brooklyn Bridge (as well as 14 other bridges). She makes a wide pass through the New York City Harbor to grab a spectacular view of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Financial District and the complete NYC Skyline. The Architecture tour focuses on both the new and the old, the iconic and the unknown - the full circumnavigation will offer guests a chance to see every inch of Manhattan's shoreline!
Do cruises sell out frequently?
Cruises often sell out, and are rarely open for booking more than a week in advance. Check the website or call the week of the date you would like to attend to check availability for public trips and to book as early as possible.
Is there parking and how much is it?
There is parking at Chelsea Piers. You must be south-bound on the West Side Hwy in order to access the turn-in for parking on Piers 61, 60, and 59. Up to 3 hours of parking is $25, and up to 4 hours is $38.
What type of ticket should I buy if I'm bringing a very young child?
This trip is designated for Adults and Students (14 and older) with a keen interest in the narration. We aim to create an elegant and educational experience for these guests and ask that infants and children under 14 are not brought aboard. This tour is ideal for Adults and for Students with an interest in Engineering, Architecture, Urban Planning, Design or Waterfront Development. High School Students or College Students with a valid Student ID may make use of the 'Student' ticket. Free infant tickets and child tickets are available on the Statue & Skyline Cruise and the Brunch Cruise.
What do the light snacks include?
Due to the length of this cruise, 3 complimentary stationary displays are available for guests. They vary seasonally and by time of day but generally they may include pretzels, nuts, a cheese display, tea cakes, pastries, and/or fruit.
How about drinks? Should I bring those too?
No, it is illegal for you to bring alcohol of your own on board. A complimentary beverage will be served on trips, plus additional beverages will be available for purchase from the bar, including wines by the glass or the bottle.
Is the Yacht Manhattan safe?
Absolutely. Along with your captain, there is a minimum of two crew members on every sail to make sure you feel comfortable and at home on the water. We are stocked with water, beverages, and life jackets should you feel you need one.
How steady is the cruise? Am I likely to get seasick?
It is very rare for our guests to become seasick. While most people do not experience any sea sickness on the Motor Yacht Manhattan, you may want to consider light medication if you normally take it for motion sickness. We cannot officially advise you to take any medication, however.
Is there an age limit for these cruises?
While there is no age limit for the cruise, all attendees under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Where does the cruise finish?
Our cruise will end at the same pier from which it departed.
Can I get a refund or reschedule my tickets after buying them?
Because we are guaranteeing your space on the cruise, tickets cannot be refunded or rescheduled once purchased.
Do you ever cancel cruises due to bad weather?
The cruise runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where we are forced to cancel the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability), receive credit towards a future event, or receive a refund.
Is gratuity included in the price of the cruise?
Gratuity is not included in the price of the cruise. Parties of 12 or more will be contacted directly by Classic Harbor Line within 48 hours of purchasing tickets to provide credit card information for an additional charge of 18% gratuity.
What happens if it starts raining when we're out on our cruise?
The aft-deck observatory of the Manhattan is a completely enclosed area with a roof, so in the event of rain, you will be covered.
Is the Yacht Kingston climate controlled?
Not all of our trips are run on the Yacht Kingston. While it is not climate controlled, it does have windows that can be closed so that the observatory area is blocked off from the wind.
Is the Manhattan handicap accessible?
The Manhattan is accessible to those with walkers and canes. While the exterior deck is also accessible to those in wheelchairs, the Manhattan is not completely wheelchair accessible by average standards. If you are in a wheelchair, please keep in mind that there is unfortunately no access into the main cabin (the back interior observatory). In addition, areas such as the and on-board restrooms have limited access as they are located down several steps. A guest using a wheelchair who would like to reach the back observatory must be comfortable with being carried down by our crew. For this reason, we cannot safely accommodate guests who require this service if they weigh more than 175 pounds. If you will need this service, please click “Contact SailNYC” to discuss with us before purchasing tickets.
Is smoking permitted during the cruise?
No, smoking is not permitted anywhere on the boat.
Can I book a private charter cruise?
Yes, private cruises can be a unique and elegant event for your group. If you are interested in booking a private cruise, please contact us by clicking “Contact SailNYC” to the left of the page.
Are gift certificates available for your sails?
Yes, gift certificates are available and they make a perfect gift for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate for this cruise, please click on the "Gift Certificates: Purchase" link in the box above. Also keep in mind that you can redeem your gift certificate in cash value towards any other trip we have!


Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.

Other Policies

Activity takes place rain or shine.
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.
Parties of 12 or more will be contacted for an additional gratuity charge of 18%.
Classic Harbor Line will contact you directly within 48 hours of your purchase to take your credit card information for the additional charge. You must be reachable at the telephone number and email you provide.

Classic Harbor Line

If you are in to comfortable cruising or the gilded era of yachting, be sure to experience our 1920s-style “commuter” yacht,  Manhattan.

She was constructed right here New York state by Scarano Boat Building in 2005. We take great pride in her New York heritage as well as in serving the very best of New York beers, wines, cheeses, produce, and local baked goods aboard her decks.

Edible Manhattan wrote that we are “not your mother’s Circle Line.” We strive to surpass any “tourist” expectations of what a  harbor cruise entails: We include a “taste of New York” in our menus and maintain an unprecedented level of hospitality aboard a special, beautiful, intimate yacht built by NY craftsmen.

Classically-lined and comfortable with teak decks and mahogany rails, the Manhattan can accommodate up to 50 for dinner or 75 for passed hors d’ oeuvres. She features an enclosed, cushioned observatory surrounded by large windows and skylights. She is equipped for all weather with a/c & heating and thus operates comfortably from early spring through New Year’s Day.
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