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Roosevelt Island Circumnavigation Boat Tour in Partnership with AIANY

$58 for adults/ $42 for students
$10 off for Conservancy & AIANY Members
AIA members use discount code: AIAB15
Four Freedoms Park Conservancy members use discount code: FDR4

Departs from Chelsea Piers (Pier 62) - W. 22nd and Hudson River (Manhattan, NY)
(Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
One complimentary beverage and light snacks are included.

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Join the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy and the AIANY for a circumnavigation of Roosevelt Island. Located in the center of the NYC’s five boroughs, the island has a remarkably diverse wealth of architecture: ranging from the 1796 Blackwell House to the Louis Kahn designed and posthumously built Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, and the two million square-foot build out of the upcoming Cornell Tech campus. Classic Harbor Line’s Yacht Manhattan will depart Manhattan from Chelsea Pier 62 and cruise up the East River to allow a full exploration of the island from a river perspective.

Our Featured Guides will explore the island’s transformation from a 19th Century place of exile to one of rehabilitation in the 1930s followed by 1970s progressive urban planning & residential architecture, and eventually Cornell Tech’s campus. The tour will also touch on aspects of the Manhattan, Brooklyn & Queens waterfronts, bridges, and infrastructure as we make our way to and from Roosevelt Island.

Stephen Martin, will chronicle the fascinating and painstaking team-effort that led to the faithful 2012 completion of Louis Kahn’s 1973 design for the FDR Four Freedoms Park located at the island’s southern tip. Specific design goals and construction details of this uncompromising memorial will be clearly identified and discussed. Martin will also speak concerning nearby landmarks including the United Nations complex, the PepsiCo sign and the Smallpox Hospital ruin. As the circumnavigation proceeds north John Kriskiewicz will identify key examples of RI’s significant architecture and both place them in NYC’s history and connect them to the design movements they contributed to.


Stephen Martin, Director of Design and Planning for the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy.

Martin was an integral part of the construction management team that worked tirelessly to complete Kahn’s 1973 design. He was trained in architecture at The Cooper Union. Prior to joining the Conservancy, he worked at different architecture firms and private art foundations both in Los Angeles and New York as well as at The Monacelli Press and the Architect's Newspaper.

John Kriskiewicz, Assoc. AIA, Architectural Historian, do_co, NY/tri-state board member.

Kriskiewicz holds a professional degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute and is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects. Over the past two decades he has taught courses focused on NYC’s architectural and planning history at Parsons School of Design, The Cooper Union and Fashion Institute of Technology and designed tour programs and lectures for many of New York City’s institutions and corporations. Kriskiewicz’s research and advocacy has focused on the need for the preservation of important post WWII Architecture. 

HOST GUIDE: Arthur Platt, AIA. Co-Chair of the AIANY Architecture Tour Committee

Over the last 5 years Arthur has led many of the regularly scheduled AIANY AROUND MANHATTAN Boat In 2012 he started the FEATURED GUIDE SERIES to bring acknowledged NYC waterfront experts aboard to share deeper first hand insights based on their advocacy, research and in many cases built projects encountered along the City’s transforming edge.

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