A new Hudson River boat tour lets locals and tourists alike see how the waterway can be a gateway to a whole new perspective on the city. NY1's Real Estate reporter Jill Urban filed the following report.
The New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects wants people to see the city in a whole new way. So they are getting people aboard Harbor Cruise Line's Manhattan, for a front-row seat to the magnificent architecture that makes New York "New York."
"The AIA-NY architectural boat tour is a chance to get out on the water to see the great buildings of New York, but also to see how all the neighborhoods link together," says Rick Bell, the executive director of AIA-NY.
AIA-NY's educational boat tour helps visitors understand the history, landscape and infrastructure of the city and the significance of the design of its buildings.
"New York has changed a lot in the last few years and you see changes of use along the waterfront, lots of new buildings that can be seen better from the water than from land," says Bell. "So being out on a boat gives you a chance to see what's changing in New York in the context of a legacy of great buildings and wonderful communities."
The tour is just under three hours long and circles around the entire island of Manhattan. Whether visitors come from near or far, they say this tour gives them a whole new way to connect with the city.
"Brilliant, really interesting. And I just love the new [World] Trade Center tower rising above the ashes, pointing its finger at the world, saying we are better than this," says a participant.
"I'm loving it. I think that John our tour guide is really excellent. He is pointing out the significant buildings in New York City," says another participant. "We have a city that is so extraordinary and there is so much to talk about."
The tour is as popular with locals as it is with tourists looking for a less touristy thing to do. It runs throughout the week out of Chelsea Piers and the $76 ticket includes cocktails and light snacks.
To learn more about the AIA-NY Architecture tour, visit sail-nyc.com and aiany.org.