Boat Tours

Classic Harbor Line’s fleet of 1920’s style yachts regularly depart from Chelsea Piers to offer insightful NYC architecture & infrastructure tours. In 2015, to accommodate demand, the tour menu has expanded to offer 4 distinct tours, described below. All Cruises are hosted by members of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter. AIANY guides provide expert narration covering architecture and engineering landmarks from all eras as well as current urban planning and environmental issues impacting urban waterfronts.

AIANY Architecture Boat Tours: 2016 Season

To view tour dates, learn more, and purchase tickets visit Classic Harbor Line's website:

AIA members use discount code "AIAB5" to receive $5 off any AIANY boat tour throughout 2016.

Boat tours leave from Chelsea Piers' Pier 62 at West 22nd Street and the Hudson River.
Exact meeting location details are provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.

AIANY Around Manhattan: NYC Architecture Tour
This 2.75-hour tour circumnavigates tManhattan Island. Board Classic Harbor Line’s 1920s-style yachts and enjoy an AIANY guide's expert narration covering architecture, infrastructure, and urban planning from all eras of NYC’s built environment. Tour highlights are thematically linked to illustrate the recent transformation of an industrial waterfront to one of booming real estate development, ecologically-driven landscape design, and resilient infrastructure to help mitigate storm surge and accommodate rising sea levels. Tour features include: iconic Art Deco spires, historic engineering marvels, adaptive reuse, progressive waterfront parks, and recent buildings by interdisciplinary design teams including Frank Gehry, FAIA; Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA; West 8; BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group; MNLA; and SHoP, among others.

Light hors d’ oeuvres and a complimentary beer, wine, or Champagne is included
Yacht Manhattan: Adult • $78 - Student • $58
Yacht Kingston: Adult • $72 - Student • $54

AIANY Lower Manhattan: Architecture Tour
This 1.5 hour cruise covers major sites from all eras visible along the Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn waterfronts. Tour features include the Brooklyn Bridge, Governors Island’s new park, and recent work by noted local and international architects, landscape architects and engineers.

Yacht Manhattan: Adult • $48 - Student • $32

AIANY Around Manhattan: NYC Bridge & Infrastructure Tour
John Kriskiewicz, professor of Architectural History and City Planning, leads a full circumnavigation tour and provides an in depth look at the engineering of New York City's historic and diverse bridges, tunnels, highways, power plants, and wastewater facilities. Technical insights and historical anecdotes help tell the story of this vital infrastructure.

Light hors d’ oeuvres and a complimentary beer, wine, or Champagne is included.
Yacht Manhattan: Adult • $78 - Student • $58

AIANY 2016 Featured Guides Series
The AIANY Tour Committee’s Featured Guide Series invites NYC waterfront specialists from varied fields and disciplines to join a tour and share first-hand insights drawn from their involvement in the transformation of our city’s edge. AIANY Tour Committee co-chair, Arthur Platt, hosts the Featured Guide and contributes Around Manhattan NYC Architecture Tour narration.

Ticket Prices $76-$32 depends on tour length, boat, and AIA or student discount

To purchase tickets visit Classic Harbor Line's specific links provided for Featured Guides tours listed below:

Roosevelt Island Loop Tour: May 21, 2016 1:45 PM (2 hour tour)
Join the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy and AIANY for a circumnavigation of Roosevelt Island and explore a remarkably diverse wealth of architecture: ranging from the 1796 Blackwell House to the Louis Kahn-designed and posthumously built Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park. Stephen Martin, Director of Design and Planning for the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy, will chronicle the fascinating and painstaking effort that led to the faithful 2012 completion of Louis Kahn’s 1973 design. John Kriskiewicz will identify key examples of RI’s significant architecture, place them in NYC’s history, and connect them to the design movements they contributed to.

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Freshkills Park: 1:45pm May 22, July 17, August 28, and October 23 (3 hour tour)
This extended AIANY Boat Tour will travel to Staten Island to offer a limited "backstage pass" to see the transformation of the region's largest garbage landfill into Freshkills Park. The cruise will enter a network of tidal kills (or streams) to explore the unprecedented land reclamation project. Guides from NYC Department of Parls and Recreation and AIANY will provide insightful narration about cutting-edge landscape architecture, urban planning, and the history of Staten Island's industrial North West shore.

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