Sunset Boat Tour: Explore Our Region's Port Infrastructure

Sunset Boat Tour: Explore Our Region's Port Infrastructure

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$35 – $75

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Pier 83

12th Avenue and West 43rd Street

New York, NY 10036

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Join OHNY on Aug 25 as we explore our region’s world-class port with Beth Rooney, Port Director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

About this event

Open House New York invites you for a summer evening cruise through the New York and New Jersey harbor to learn about the immense scale of our region's local and global port activity. Beth Rooney, Port Director of the Port Department at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and a 30+ year expert in the maritime industry, will provide an insider's take on the past, present, and future of the shipping industry and what makes the New York and New Jersey harbor globally competitive.

As the gateway to one of the most concentrated consumer markets in the world, the Port of New York and New Jersey is the busiest container terminal on the East Coast. From the first pier in 1659, the wooden ships and cargo hooks of the past have now been replaced by computers and a landscape of gantry cranes.

Through the past two years of the pandemic, the port has remained open and operational, working closely with partners to keep commerce flowing. The pandemic drove a sharp increase in the amount of cargo moving through port facilities, with record-setting numbers almost every month since early 2020. In 2021 alone, our region's port moved a total of nearly 9 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent units), an increase of 20.2 percent from 2019 and the highest single-year total in its history, reflecting the port's ability to handle unprecedented cargo and collaboration with its marine facility and intermodal network partners.

This showcase of the working waterfront brings closeup views of container terminals and cargo infrastructure alongside iconic views of the Lower Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty. As our city's global supply chains work to meet constant on-demand needs, you don't want to miss this exclusive exploration of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's plans to serve the region with world-class infrastructure.

This program is offered as part of Festival of New York, a citywide collaborative movement featuring 300+ diverse organizations across all sectors spanning from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2022. Open House New York is proud to be a launch partner of the Festival.


$35 OHNY Member

$45 General Admission

$75 Membership + Ticket (Value: $95)

Ticket sales close August 25 at noon!

AIA CES available

COVID Update

Effective June 16, in accordance with New York State's announcement, all Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises are operating with normal capacity, without social distancing or dining restrictions. All passengers are required to wear masks while indoors, except while drinking or eating. Circle Line employees are screened for COVID-19 symptoms before every shift, and the ship is cleaned and sanitized after every trip.

Additional FAQ

  • Is the boat ADA compliant? Yes.
  • What is the boarding process? Boarding begins 30-minutes before departure (6:00pm). The boat leaves promptly at 6:30pm. Plan accordingly.
  • Do I need to print tickets? Tickets need to be printed or readily available for scanning on a mobile device.
  • Can I bring by own food and drinks? No, Circle Line's policy prohibits outside food and beverages. There is a full snack bar and beer, wine, and cocktails on board.
  • Is smoking permitted on the boat? No.
  • What happens in inclement weather? Boat tours are rain or shine.

Photo courtesy John Ng

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