Ahoy! On the Water, Exploring New York Anew

Providing a perspective not readily available from within the city's steep canyons of high-rises, an architectural tour of New York by boat, hosted by the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects, offers a unique lesson on the city.

For The New York Times' William Grimes, a resident of New York for more than 30 years, a trip around Manhattan by boat, with commentary by knowledgeable tour guides provided by the New York Chapter of the AIA, revealed whole swaths of the city previously unknown in what he describes as an "eye-opening experience."  

"The city's perpetual transformation can be confusing to follow on land," observes Grimes, "but out on the river it comes into focus, especially the evolving system of parks and green spaces along the banks, a monumental change in the urban environment that sometimes seems to proceed by stealth." 

"The cruise embarrassed me mile after mile," says Grimes. "Like the greenest outlander, I gaped, surprised by sights that should have been long familiar."

Full Story: Manhattan, Elusive by Land, Comes Into Focus by Sea

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