Now, if it wasn't for our work outing, I probably wouldn't have done this cruise otherwise... But I'm very glad we did!
On Friday my colleagues and I hopped aboard the decks of the 'Manhattan' for a sail around New York City. The 'Around Manhattan Official NYC Architectural Boat Tour,' sponsored by the American Institute of Architects (who happens to be a client of ours), lasted about three hours during which a tour guide pointed out various architectural highlights of the five boroughs. Many obvious contenders were brought to our attention - like One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building - but there were lots of cool things that the guide pointed out that I didn't know... like the former TB hospital on Rikers Island, or the more than 15 brides that surround NYC (I can only name five, max!).
Here are a couple of pics:
|This is the little red lighthouse under the George Washington Bridge. As a kid my dad always used to point this little guy out to us as we were driving along the West Side Highway. It was neat to see it from the other side! It's also the inspiration for a great children's book: The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Grey Bridge|
If you're into architecture (or even if you just like boats and booze) this is a really neat way to see New York City for the first time... Or, if you're a New Yorker, you'll definitely learn some things you didn't know about the Big Apple. Tickets to the cruise would also make a great gift (especially for parents)! For more info on the cruise's schedule and pricing click here to visit AIANY's calendar page.