Your Own 20s Yacht Around Manhattan–Complete with Cocktails

Going around Manhattan on a boat is always fun, but going with an AIA (American Institute of Architects) architect really enriches the experience.

Leaving from Pier 62 at Chelsea Piers, the boats are docked next to another of New York’s little surprises, Hudson River Park

Hudson river Park 2complete with sea creatures carousel.

carouselClassic Harbor Line provides a lovely 1920s style yacht, all wood outside


and very comfy inside,

inside the yachtserves drinks and sometimes food (not on this tour) and a knowledgeable architect who points out many of New York’s most distinguished buildings.

The world’s great architects are all represented in this city although, as is typical of New York, we don’t make much of it. We saw buildings by Frank Gehry, Santiago Calatrava, Renzo Piano,  Richard Meier and many, many others. In fact, 154 buildings are listed on the brochure, but don’t worry, the speaker pointed out only a selection.

Startling in its beauty seen from every direction, was David Childs’ 1 World Trade Center surrounded by

downtown 2a field of other exciting modern buildings.

The breezy trip took us by Ellis Island, where my father and possibly yours entered New York,

ellis 5and right up close to the glorious Statue of Liberty, whose size and beauty I had never realized before.

statue 3After traveling down the west side and around the New York archipelago as our guide called it, we proceeded up the East River, saw some more impressive buildings

east river 3and one of my favorite views, John Roebling’s Brooklyn Bridge complete with the Manhattan skyline behind it.

brooklyn bridge with manhattan behind itThe wind, sun and water made for a spectacular day, especially when paired with new views of our beloved city.

You can take the AIA Lower Manhattan Tour we took, one going all around Manhattan, or the Bridge and Infrastructure Tour. The prices run from $46 to $76, but it is a private yacht (our group was 11 people) and it feels very luxurious. Go to for more information. If you pay attention, you might snag a 1/2 price tour on Goldstar for certain tours and certain days.


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