For those interested in a little depth along with their getaway, I highly recommend Classic Harbor Line's AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Tour. Shipping out of Chelsea Piers, the architect-led voyage surveys the changing New York waterfront, aka the "sixth borough."
This past Saturday, on a picture-postcard afternoon, I boarded the line's yacht, the Kingston, in the company of a few dozen visitors and natives. Some were architects; others were architecture enthusiasts. The trip begins at Chelsea Pier 62, sails south to New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Governors Island; then up the East River to Roosevelt Island; up the Harlem River, the Harlem River Ship Channel to the Spuyten Duyvil Swing Bridge; and then south along the Hudson River again to Pier 62. Lasting a little over 3 hours, the tour feels like a crash course in New York architecture, but in the most pleasant way possible. There were plenty of croissants, fruits, and nuts. A complementary beverage is included.
Much has changed in the city over the past decade, but the transformation of the waterfront has to be one of the most profound. And the best way to see it is by boat.
More information about schedule and tours:
Classic Harbor Line www.sail-nyc.com
Pictures by Walking Off the Big Apple from Saturday, May 17, 2014.