During the course of this 90-minute tour through the Hudson and East Rivers aboard an elegant, 1920s-style yacht, you'll have an unparalleled view of many of the noteworthy sites of Lower Manhattan. As you pass beneath the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges, the narration provided by members of the American Institute of Architects will guide your eyes to some of the most beautiful monuments, parks and infrastructure in all of New York City. Fascinating for both tourists and locals alike, this climate-controlled cruise also offers an included serving of beer, wine or champagne (for those of legal drinking age; free soda, tea or coffee for the rest) to enjoy along the way.
The cruise runs approximately 1.5 hours.
Highlights, topics and themes of the 2014 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.
Gratuity is not included in the price of your cruise.