New York Media Boat specializes in tours and private charters in New York Harbor that focus on photography. All five of their captains have impressive resumes with Captain Bjoern Kils at the helm of the operation. He is an Emmy Award nominated photojournalist, Dive Master, rescue diver, and US Coast Guard licensed Captain. His expert team consists of Captain Eric who has a degree in National Security, and is a US Coast Guard Master Captain, and Captain Ken who is a search and rescue specialist that also served in the US Coast Guard for 18 years. Rounding out the team is Captain Joel, a PADI-certified rescue diver and USCG licensed water safety instructor and mariner, and lastly, Captain Matt, the man behind their boat-to-boat communication and a SUNY maritime cadet. They also employ notable journalist Kristina Fiore who has appeared in media like ABC News and Earth Magazine, among others.

The Boats

When you opt to join this dynamic team on an extraordinary sightseeing adventure, you’ll have the exhilarating experience of riding on some of the same vessels that have appeared on CNN and other news outlets when breaking huge news stories. Among their five boats they house three six-passenger, plus crew power boats – Aperture, Amundsen, and Hurricane. They also feature a three-passenger, plus crew power boat; TV753, and a one-passenger, plus crew power boat; SeaRider.


New York Media Boat offers one 90-minute tour that promises to provide a memorable ride through the New York Harbor. The tour departs from one of two locations, North Cove Marina or Pier 25, in lower Manhattan before they set of across the Hudson River. You’ll get one-of-a-kind photo worthy views of Midtown, Downtown, and the Chrysler and Empire State buildings. From there you’ll pass through various waterways to view more than 40 sights and monuments including the One World Trade Center, the Brooklyn Bridge, Battery Park, the Statue of Liberty, and Governors and Ellis Islands among others. All vantage points of these attractions were chosen with care allowing for the best photo opportunities whether you’re trying to capture the entire New York Skyline, or snap a close-up of Freedom Tower.

Private Charters

New York Media Boat also offers their services for 90-minute private charters thanks to the seaworthy boats, available 24/7 for various media and film adventures as well as private party requests. This includes chase boats for news crews, photographers, and people in the film industry. They also provide safety escorts, race marker, and charter transfer crew and gear services to those who need them.

General Information

· Reservations are required as well as photo identification.

· Sightseeing tours only operate with a minimum of two people. There are no minimum occupants for private charters.

· Cameras are more than welcome, however, tripods and other commercial photography equipment are not allowed on group tours, only private charters.

· All passengers must wear the USCG approved life-vests that are provided.

· All tours and charters begin with a safety briefing.

· Persons who are pregnant or have chronic back problems are not permitted on the boats.

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225 Liberty Street, New York, NY, website, Phone: 347-789-0588

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