Month: June 2011

Fourth of July Cruises in NYC

Happy Independence Day America!

This Fourth of July weekend, we’re excited to hop-off the bus for an amazing sightseeing cruise in the New York Harbor. 4th of July Cruises during the Macy’s Fireworks show are officially sold out, but there are still tons of cruises running throughout the day!

Head over to Pier 78 for an exciting City Sightseeing Cruise that will operate 40 minute cruises all weekend long from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Pier 78 located at West 38th Street and the Hudson River.

The cruise is $28 for adults and $17 for kids. The boat will tour the Manhattan Coast and stop near the Statue of Liberty for an amazing photo opp!

Boarding schedule for the holiday weekend:

Boat A – 10:00am    11:50am       1:50pm        3:50pm

Boat B – 10:30am    12:30pm       2:30pm        4:30pm

Boat C – 11:10am    1:10pm         3:10pm        5:10pm

The Macy’s  Fourth of July fireworks begin at 9pm on Monday, July 4th. Over 40,000 fireworks will be launched from 6 larges barges in the Hudson River, so make sure to check them out!

The theme of this year’s show is The Gift of Freedom which celebrates the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty and 235th birthday of the United States.

What’s your favorite location to watch the 4th of July fireworks in NYC?

NYC Summer Bucketlist

Oh sweet summertime, we at Gray Line New York are definitely big fans of you.

From your perky golden rays of sunshine, to your abundant fields of green grass in Central Park– we cannot get enough.

Sheep Meadow, Central Park.

Hop-off the double-decker bus and explore the Big Apple with our 2011 Summer Bucketlist:

1. Bronx Zoo

2. Rent a boat at the Central Park Boathouse

3. Day trips to Philadelphia and Washington DC

4. Happy Hour in Bryant Park

5. Walk down Stone Street

6. Shakespeare in the Park

7. Grab drinks at the Top of the Standard Hotel

8. Attend a River to River Festival Concert at the South Street Seaport

9. Times Square Comedy Show

10. Go to a Yankee’s Game

11. Have a picnic in Sheep Meadow

12. Visit all of the museums on Museum Mile (Guggenheim, Metropolitan Museum of Art, etc.)

13. Take a picture in front of Carrie Bradshaw (Sex & the City) and Kathleen Kelly’s (You’ve Got Mail) brownstone

14. Ride the attractions at Coney Island

15. Fire Island

16. Camping on a beach in Long Island (Obviously, we have a thing for islands.)

17. Train for the 2011 ING New York City Marathon in Central Park

18. See How To Succeed in Business Without Even Trying and The Addams Family on Broadway

19. 4th of July Fireworks Cruise in the New York Harbor

20. Explore the newly opened section of High Line Park.

What’s on your NYC Summer Bucketlist?

Things to Do in NYC for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 19th, and if you’re still trying to figure out last minute plans, boy do we have a list for you.

This Father’s Day, give Dad a break from all of the shopping in NYC and treat him to a manly trip downtown. (Don’t worry, you’ll have fun too!)

Without further ado, hop-off the bus & enjoy our favorite things to do in NYC this Father’s Day:

1.  McSorely’s Ale House

Go back in time when you step into McSorely’s Ale House in the East Village.  Established in 1854, this charming, hole in the wall bar has become a New York institution. Famous for the McSorley’s Ale, this manly Irish joint is the oldest bar in the city. Sit back, relax and enjoy a few beers to celebrate Father’s Day.

15 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003-8001 (212) 474-9148 ‎

2. Standard BierGarten

If you can only hop-off at one of these locations on the list, Standard BierGarten is hands down the place to go. Located in the trendy (is that still cool to say?) Meatpacking District, Standard Biergarten has community style tables, $8 German draft beers and fresh-baked pretzels the size of your head. Cheers to Dad!

848 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014 (212) 645-4646  (photo source)

3. Highline Park

After hanging out in the Biergarten, walk a few blocks south to Highline Park– a public park built on an old elevated rail structure. This concrete jungle is a New Yorker’s version of hiking in the outdoors.

529 West 20th Street, Suite 8W New York, NY 10011 (212) 500-6035

4. Golf Club at Chelsea Piers

This multilevel, year-round driving range has been featured in a ton of movies! Practice your swing and get ready for a fun round of golf with Dad.

Pier 59 23rd St. & Hudson River Park New York, NY 10011 (212) 336-6400 (photo source)

5. Wall Street

It’s every mans dream to work on Wall Street. Hop-off and explore the cobblestone streets, take a picture with the bull & gaze up the noble steps of the NYSE.

Wall Street, New York West end: Broadway East end: South Street

6. Italian Dinner on Mulberry Street

End the day with a huge, traditional Italian feast in Little Italy. Our Night on the Town Tour and Manhattan Comprehensive both include a yummy dinner at Grotta Azzura. Founded in 1908 by the Davino family, Grotta Azzura is one of New York City’s famous and oldest Italian Restaurants in the heart of Little Italy.

Little Italy, between Baxter and Mott Streets

What places would you recommend to take Dad in NYC?

Celebrate National Jelly-Filled Donut Day in NYC

We have a secret…

Many of us in the Gray Line New York corporate office are foodies at heart.

Lindsay (Marketing), Shannon (Social Media) and their friend devouring $3 corn on the cob at a Chinatown Street Fair.

Thankfully, we constantly receive daily tweets about local NYC foodie events!

We share many of these yummy local gems on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, so make sure to follow us there.


Tackling the New York City restaurant scene can feel slightly intimidating at first, but hopefully these tips will help steer our fellow foodies in the right direction.

On that note, did you know that today, June 8th, is National Jelly-Filled Donut Day?

(If your jaw just dropped, no worries.. ours did too.)

So, where to go for the best, mouth-watering doughnut in NYC?

That my friends, would be the Doughnut Plant.

Located in the Lower East Side and rated 4.5 out of 5 stars on Google, we promise this place is legit.

To experience love at first bite, try their extremely popular Peanut Butter Glaze Blackberry Jelly Doughnut.

Peanut Butter Glaze Blackberry Jelly Doughnut - photo via

Your taste buds will instantly thank you for it.

Click here for three food blogger reviews of the Doughnut Plant:

What’s your favorite kind of doughnut? We love anything with sprinkles!

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks cruise in NYC by Gray Line New York Cruises

You haven’t really experienced this national holiday until you’ve seen the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular from a boat in the middle of New York Harbor. Hop on board Gray Line New York’s 4th of July fireworks Cruise for a most memorable spectacle!

Feel the warm summer breeze on your face as you gaze up at the night sky as it comes to life with the vibrant colors of this world-class fireworks display.

All cruises feature live radio broadcast of the music score, which is synchronized to the fireworks. The cruise also offers a cash bar offering wine, beer and soft drinks as well as a concession stand for snacks. DJ will be on board for your entertainment
For more info go to Gray Line’s Sightseeing Cruises in New York