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“Romantic for New York Lovers”
Review of AIA-NY Boat Tour

AIA-NY Boat Tour
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 April 2014

We celebrated our anniversary and Ruth wanted to plan something that would commemorate our meeting in Manhattan. She knows that I love architecture and New York history, so she found this wonderful way to circumnavigate the island in style and learn so much that even this Queens guy never knew.

The boat was beautiful with teak and a 365 view. It was uncrowded and felt elegant. The guide was an architect/historian who was easy to talk to and incredibly interesting to listen to. He was careful to provide information for first time visitors to NYC while catering as well to those who knew the city (at least from street level). We saw landscapes that looked like it did when Henry Hudson first sailed to NY. We learned about little known art treasures and mansions we plan to visit. And we saw the Bronx in a new way.

This is well worth the cost. There was a lovely spread of cakes, fruit and cheese and wine/champagne or any other drink, included. Don't think Circle Line: this is the real experience of understanding and falling in love with New York City as a magical archipelago.

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Reviewed 22 March 2014

My wife and I LOVED this tour, which we took March 13th 2014. It didn't hurt that it was a beautiful, sunny (but cool) day. This was one of our top two highlights of our 4.5 day trip. We only had 15 other passengers, so it was like a private tour. The guest architect obviously loved what he was doing, and he received a rather spirited round of applause at the trip's end. Captain Malcolm and his crew, Zoe and Dillon were all awesome, and treated each of us as individuals. What I particularly enjoyed was the sense of solitude on parts of the East River, where for about a third to a quarter of the trip, we didn't see another boat on the water. I wanted to spend more time on the outside deck, so the crew made sure the volume on the speakers out there were turned up. Waiting for the Amtrak train to pass, so a small bridge could open up and pass us back to the Hudson River, was a highlight of the cruise. Mentioning Henry Hudson's initial anchoring spot by a large Indian trading area was also cool. I also liked how the architect pointed out how the newer, sloped sea walls, absorbed more wave energy than the old vertical walls. If you're interested in Manhattan and the surrounding areas, this trip is a must see event! Don't miss it!!

Thank Bill K
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

Despite the frigid weather last weekend we had a great time on the Kingston - it's fully enclosed and heated. The tour gives you a great view of the NYC's many famous buildings but also shows you some of the less touristy parts like Inwood Park.

Our guide was excellent and handled pretty much every question we could think of. The food was tasty and plentiful.

All in all, while it's a bit pricey it's more than worth it even for people who've seen everything in NY.

Thank Grahame S
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Reviewed 21 November 2013

It is a testament to how enjoyable the AIA tour was, that in spite of unexpectedly cold, windy weather, along with fog and low clouds that obscured the tops of Manhattan's most noteworthy skyscrapers, our family thoroughly enjoyed the 3-hr tour, so much so that we plan to take it again (in clear weather!). No one in our family is an architecture buff, yet we found the history of the buildings fascinating, as well as experiencing views of Manhattan that we would never get by land. The boat was beautiful and seating was comfortable, with complimentary refreshments and snacks (althoughI believe if you want a second glass of wine there is a charge). This is really an amazing way to spend an afternoon. One of the best things we've done in Manhattan!

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Reviewed 14 September 2013 via mobile

This trip was fantastic, from the views of Manhattan that you don't get from the street to the encyclopedic yet always interesting nonstop commentary from the guide, who was an architect. One thing he was particularly good at was describing the building he was talking about with precise terms so that you weren't confused among the jumble of a kazillion different buildings, he also gave a good sense of the change in New York from commerce and manufacturing to residential and recreational. Only one thing, however, we weren't thrilled about, and that was the very unsubtle expectation of tips. The guy's a professional! I don't know what the deal is with AIA, but they should just pay him a decent amount to
do it. I used to lead tours and I never expected tips; you do it with enthusiasm because you want to, not for a tip. That left a slightly sour taste in my mouth, but still, the tour was great.

Thank LEB123
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