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NYC ‘Hidden Harbor’ Summer Tours Go Behind Scenes by Luxury Yacht; New Tour Focuses on ‘Beyond Sandy’

May 21, 2013
Hidden Harbor summer tours take visitors behind the scenes to see the inner workings of New York City's famous harbor © 2013 Karen Rubin/

Hidden Harbor summer tours take visitors behind the scenes to see the inner workings of New York City’s famous harbor © 2013 Karen Rubin/

Every Tuesday through September you can experience a true adventure, “Hidden Harbor Tours,” – cruising aboard the luxury yacht Zephyr behind the scenes to discover the inner workings of the bustling New York Harbor.

New for the 2013 summer season is the tour series: “Beyond Sandy, Keeping The Conversation Alive” featuring three different areas of interest each week with noted speakers and charities onboard (see website for full list). The exciting and educational tours are presented by the Working Harbor Committee (non-profit) in partnership with the New York Water Taxi/Circle Line Downtown by the Working Harbor Committee (nonprofit) in partnership with the New York Water Taxi/Circle Line Downtown. Tuesday sailings depart at 6:30pm from Pier 16 South Street Seaport, New York, New York (Fulton Street and South Street).

“Beyond Sandy” tours provide three themed sailings:

Tour 1: High Seas on the Inner Harbor: From Wall Street to Snug Harbor

Tour 2: Fire, Floods and Floating Containers: East River – Hell Gate to Governors Island

Tour 3: Protecting Our Ports: From Red Hook to Newark Bay.

Additionally, Hidden Harbor Tours will feature its popular Newark Bay Tour and North River Tour on select Tuesday sailings.

The tours cost: Adults $39, Seniors $32, Children ages 3-12 $25, Under age 3 are free. For ticket information and full tour schedule visit:, 212-742-1969 by phone or

Zephyr, a luxury yacht, features two fully enclosed decks, plusan open-air roof deck – all decks boast panoramic views. A portion of the ticket price goes to the Working Harbor Committee to support its programming.

Featured Speakers include: Captain John Doswell, Working Harbor Committee; Chris Ward, Executive Vice President, Dragados USA; formerly with The Port Authority New York & New Jersey; Helena Durst, President, New York Water Taxi; Lucy Ambrosino, Outreach Manager of Port Commerce, The Port Authority New York & New Jersey; Dr. Philip Orton, legendary research scientist, Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey; and Jill Eisenhard, Executive Director, Red Hook Initiative.

The Mission of the Working Harbor Committee is to strengthen awareness of the working harbor’s history and vitality today, and its opportunities for the future by: Involving people in learning how the harbor works and what it does; Educating people in the rich and challenging history of the harbor; Making people aware of the need to build and sustain the working harbor. Visit for more information.

New York Water Taxi (NYWT), an affiliate company of The Durst Organization, Inc., has been a New York fixture since 2002. Beginning with a spunky fleet of five distinctive black and yellow-checkered vessels, today the iconic 12-vessel fleet also includes the vessels of NYWT’s sister organization Circle Line Downtown, the speedboat thrill ride Shark, and the luxury yacht Zephyr. Sought after for weddings, special events and corporate occasions, the newly refurbished Zephyr boasts three decks, two full bars, plush climate controlled interior, an expansive dance floor and spectacular views. NYWT’s mission is to provide entertaining, stimulating, and enlightening ways to see New York City’s dazzling skyline, celebrated bridges, lush waterfront parks and enjoy the City, while maintaining a community-conscious fleet that honors cherished waterways. For more information, visit

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