After my many walks across the High Line and visits to the Standard Hotel, as well as an in-depth exploration of Chicago architecture on the fabulous Chicago Architecture Foundation boat cruise , I am delighted that NYC finally has its own version of an architecture cruise. Viewing the buildings of Manhattan from the High Line is one thing, and a walking tour can only cover so much ground in this city, so a tour by boat with architecture expert is a welcome addition. Classic Harbor Line’s new “Official NYC Architecture Tour” launched this summer and invites you on-board the decks of the Manhattan, an elegant 1920s-style yacht with an enclosed back-deck observatory, to experience and be in inspired by Manhattan’s buildings and bridges, by water.
I’ve always loved Classic Harbor Line’s cruises like the foodie-fantastic Morimoto Sushi & Sake Sunset Sail and the gorgeous four-hour Fall Foliage Cruise, and their new architecture cruise certainly met my expectations. The 2-hour and 45-minute sail sets off from Chelsea Piers (Pier 62) and is narrated by architects and members of the NYC AIA (American Institute of Architects) chapter. My cruise had a fabulous set of guides, Rick Bell, executive director of AIANY, and one of his staff. They knowledgeably educated on our sail under all 18 bridges around the island of Manhattan, channeling our inner Frank Gehry as we juggled cameras, glasses of champagne and hors d’oeuvres. Cruise highlights include East River icons such as Gracie Mansion, the UN, and the Seagram Building; the modern additions to the West Side, referred to as “Starchitecture,” such as The Standard Hotel, Frank Gehry’s IAC, and Jean Nouvel’s Eleventh Ave condos; Lower Manhattan’s classics such as Trinity Church, the Woolworth Building, and Pier A; and much more.
The tour runs through December 12 and is offered on Tuesdays at 1:15pm and select Saturdays and Sundays at 2:15pm. Priced at $75, the tour can be booked online or by calling 212-209-3370. Departure point is Chelsea Piers, Pier 62, W. 22nd St. and Hudson River.