As Covid-19 transmission rates continue to fluctuate in the New York City area, Classic Harbor Line (CHL) is running several heavily modified cruises in line with the required health and safety guidelines for our area. You can book tickets now with greater ticket cancelation flexibility.
Several distinct cruises, AIANY Architecture Boat Tours, all hosted by expert AIANY member guides in partnership with Classic Harbor Line, offer lively narration covering architecture and engineering landmarks from all eras of the city’s history, as well as current urban planning and environmental issues impacting urban waterfronts.
Most cruises 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.
Upcoming Boat Tours
This 2-hour-and-45-minute cruise circumnavigates the island of Manhattan via the Hudson, East, and Harlem rivers, and is AIA New York's signature tour experience. Enjoy insightful narration by an AIA New York guide as you explore the architecture, infrastructure, and urban planning of New York City. Tour highlights are thematically linked to illustrate the recent transformation of a post-industrial waterfront, and an exploration of how cities might adapt in the post-COVID era.
Tour features include iconic Art Deco spires, historic engineering marvels, adaptive reuse, progressive waterfront parks, and recent buildings by local, national, and international award-winning architects. To help put the COVID pandemic in context, the 2021 tour will also identify historic quarantine sites along with NYC’s newest hospital and bio-med research facilities.
This extended AIA New York tour travels to Staten Island and offers a limited "backstage pass" to experience the transformation of the region's former largest garbage landfill into today's Freshkills Park. The cruise will enter a network of tidal kills (or streams) to explore the unprecedented land reclamation project, nearly three times the size of Central Park. NYC Parks and AIA New York guides will provide insightful narration about cutting-edge landscape architecture and engineering, urban planning, and the industrial architecture and infrastructure of Staten Island's North West shore.
This boat tour capitalizes on the remarkable skyline and architecture of Manhattan after sunset. From the time the Brooklyn Bridge was inaugurated with dazzling lights and fireworks in 1883, architects and lighting designers have understood the importance of presenting their structures in the night sky. Today, “the city that never sleeps” is stunningly illuminated more than ever. Designers now have a sophisticated array of sources, palette of colors, and programs to run these lighting systems. Take to the waters on this 2-hour cruise with an expert AIANY guide to see the latest in how architects and lighting designers are creating a new, more dynamic nighttime experience. View the famously mesmerizing lights of Manhattan and explore the latest trends and innovations in architectural lighting in New York City.
Please note that Classic Harbor Line boats are not ADA accessible. However, since each boat is different and accessibility requirements can vary person to person, please email Classic Harbor Line (firstname.lastname@example.org) directly prior to purchasing your tickets for more information.