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Around Manhattan: Official NYC Architecture Cruise

Product ID: 24798
Step aboard the teak decks of an elegant 1920's-style yacht, for an educational architecture tour hosted by architects and members of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY).
About this activity
Duration: 2.75 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • A unique opportunity to examine the visionary development of NYC's 6th borough: the Waterfront
  • Get an update on the One World Trade Center Memorial and Manhattan's waterside memorials
  • Learn all about Manhattan's "Starchitecture" like Frank Gehry's 8 Spruce Street, Jean Nouvel's 100 Eleventh Ave. condos, and the Standard Hotel
  • Explore the history of lower Manhattan classic icons like the Woolworth Building, Wall Street's art deco spires, and the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Learn about postwar urban renewal and public housing along the East River
  • Admire engineering marvels such as Harlem River's bridges: swing, lift, and fixed span
Full description
Step aboard the decks of an elegant 1920's-style yacht, for an educational architecture tour around Manhattan, hosted by architects and members of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY).

Enjoy your trip through the Hudson, East, and Harlem rivers from the air-conditioned observatory, or wander to the outer decks for fresh air and sunlight.

Circumnavigate the island of Manhattan, passing under all 18 bridges, while taking in the sites and architecture. Examine the visionary development of the waterfront memorials, get an update on the One World Trade Center, Downtown "Starchitecture", Jean Nouvel's 100 Eleventh Ave. condos, and classic icons of lower Manhattan like the Woolworth Building, Wall Street's art deco spires, and the Brooklyn Bridge.

Marvel at New York's great engineering feats, such as the Harlem River's bridges: swing, lift, and fixed-span. Hear the story of postwar urban renewal and public housing along the East River and much more while enjoying a light snack from the bar.
Includes
  • Snacks
  • Professional guides
  • 1 complimentary beverage is included. Additional beverages are available for purchase by credit card
What’s Not Included
  • Drinks (available for purchase)
  • Gratuities

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Chelsea Piers - Pier 62 (Across from West 22nd Street and the Hudson River)

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
Not allowed
  • Smoking
Know before you go
• Children must be at least 14 years old to join the tour
• Only animals that perform a manual task to assist a person are permitted onboard, emotional support animals and pets are not permitted
• Please let the operator know in advance if assistance is required for boarding
• Groups of 10 or more will be contacted by the operator in advance for an additional 10% group gratuity
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 191 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.7 / 5
  • Safety
    4.9 / 5
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Beautiful old boat! Fantastic experience to see New York from the water and get some history. I read in the reviews prior to my booking that people talked which made it difficult to hear the speaker. Unfortunately this happened on my trip too. Despite being repeatedly shooshed they continued and so I missed a lot of information. Such a shame. Was still a great experience even though it was a rainy day. Not enough food though. We were told by the speaker that there was plenty of food so not to rush. But then there was none left! I advised the staff (the girl was a bit rude not being apologetic at all); thr young guy did well to perform a ‘loaves and fishes’ miracle but still not really enough to choose from. Great concept but just needs some fine tuning.

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December 20, 2019

We had a spectacular time. From the moment we boarded the beautiful Manhattan II vessel. The boat was sparkling, clean and comfortable. The staff were friendly and accommodating. The cruise was very special. The fact that we had perfect weather was great but I could see enjoying the trip even in the winter. Providing the appetizer tables with substantial snacks was a added surprise and we appreciated it. Our guide was the best - he was knowledgeable and kept us informed without being intrusive. I am a native NYer who relocated many years ago and my companions are Californians. This cruise is for EVERYONE. I haven't stopped talking about it and recommending it. I/will be back.

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September 24, 2019

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