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“See NYC from an architect's POV”
Review of AIA-NY Boat Tour

AIA-NY Boat Tour
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

A great way to see (and learn about) New York City. Sailing completely around Manhattan, the tour takes just under 3 hours, each person gets a complimentary beer, wine, champagne, or soda and some finger food. The architect tour guide was entertaining and very informative about the buildings we passed by, explaining the history and giving details about the architectural style. The boat crew was friendly and attentive. The tours are given on two different boats…we were on the "Manhattan", which has an air-conditioned cabin and an outside deck. I understand their other boat does not have air conditioning. We took the trip on a Sunday afternoon, and the boat was full, so plan ahead when buying tickets. Our tickets were $76 each and worth it. Time and money well spent.

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Reviewed 7 June 2014

My daughter lives in NYC, and I visit there frequently, but I'd never been on a boat tour of the city. Being interested in architecture, we decided to try this tour. The guide, an architect (of course) had a excellent memory, identifying and describing buildings, bridges, waterside parks as we went by. At the beginning, he asked where we were from; most of the people were from Australia. Tailoring the tour to those on board, the guide pointed out works by architects from Minnesota He spoke nearly continuously for the three-hour tour around the island. The croissants, buns, fruit, juices, coffee, and tea were offered gratis--and were quite tasty.

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Reviewed 16 May 2014

A 3 hour trip around the island in a beautiful classic motor yacht with live commentary by a New York architect telling you what is before your eyes.
Complimentary glass of champagne/beer/wine etc and canapes.
Great experience not cheap at $76 but worth the money.

Thank davewilsonputney
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

This tour is my favourite activity we have done so far. (I haven't even left NYC but had to write this review.) So very interesting and informative. John, the narrator, shared his years of experience, muses, learnings and passion. The boat was lovely. Each guest received a complimentary beverage of choice. Fruit, cheese and cake were also offered. The attendants offered to take pictures for couples and families. I noticed they provided a warm blanket for a couple of guests that looked cold. Very attentive. Don't give it a second thought. You'll be so pleased.

Thank 155019Jane
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

The AIA-NY circumnavigation of Manhattan was the highlight of our recent week-long visit to New York. I grew up in New York and know the city well. But seeing the city from the water and going all around Manhattan put the city in a new perspective. The architect-docents were extremely knowledgeable and provided an continually interesting commentary. The boat--the Manhattan--is a beautiful wooden yacht that adds to the enjoyment. The crew even provides a nice spread of cheese, crackers, and other snacks. Make certain to take the trip that goes all the way around Manhattan as the upper reaches of the island are fascinating, with a remote feeling quite unlike the rest of the city.

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