New York architecture: touring the city from the sea

Waterfront view aboard the AIANY Manhattan Architecture boat tour. Credit: AIANY Chapter
Waterfront view aboard the AIANY Manhattan Architecture boat tour. Credit: AIANY Chapter

It’s hard to appreciate the architecture in New York City when you’re trapped inside a building all day. We might get annoyed with tourists for getting in the way when they take landscape shots, but they just might be onto something. It’s easier to understand the creativity and structure of a skyscraper when you take a step back; you can do this by getting out of Manhattan and hopping onto a yacht with the AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Tour.

The tour points out some of New York’s most spectacular buildings while orating its history.  For instance, how many people have noticed the bizarre hot pink building that brightens up the West Village? Julian Schnabel is the designer of this whimsical building, known at the Palazzo Chupi.

Julian Schnabel's Palazzo Chupi building. Credit: Toni Dalton
Julian Schnabel’s Palazzo Chupi building. Credit: Toni Dalton

And what about the twisted glass building with frosted tips in Chelsea? Frank Gehry designed this Hudson riverfront construction to look like sails blowing in the wind. The stylish wave building is home to the InterActiveCorp’s headquarters.

InterActiveCorp's headquarters in Chelsea. Credit: creative commons
InterActiveCorp’s headquarters in Chelsea. Credit: creative commons

The tour also gave insight to buildings in progress and future renovation, like the plan to redevelop the Domino Sugar factory in Williamsburg. As of now, the location is scheduled to include a larger, redesigned building with added office space, park space and affordable housing.

Domino Sugar factory in Williamsburg. Credit: flickr/Alanna Rios
Domino Sugar factory in Williamsburg. Credit: flickr/Alanna Rios

You can get a view of Manhattan’s waterfront buildings from just about any boat tour or cruise, but if you’d like to hear about the architectural background of the skyline and sip on a complimentary cocktail, the AIA Around Manhattan Architecture tour runs off the Classic Harbor Line at Chelsea Piers.



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