Month: September 2012

Another Ride of Fame, Another Chance to be a VIP With… Vanessa Williams!


For the third week in a row, Gray Line New York will be honoring a celebrity with her own double-decker bus.  The Ride of Fame will be honoring Vanessa Williams this Thursday at noon at Pier 78, and we are once again looking for VIP fans to join Ms. Williams at the ceremony!

Being a VIP at the Ride of Fame gives you incredible access to hang out with your favorite stars.  Come out to Pier 78 (38th and 12th, on the Hudson River) on Thursday for a meet and greet with the multi-talented performer after she is presented with her own decal on the front of one of our classic, red double-decker buses.

As always, if you would like to be a VIP, tweet “I want to be a VIP #VanessaROF” or email for more info.

Spot the Bus! (Giveaway)

Walt ‘Cylde’ Frazier is officially part of the Ride of Fame now and his bus is going to be traveling all around NYC.  On the front of each of our Ride of Fame buses is a special, customized decal for our honoree and Clyde’s looks like this:

Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier’s bus

Now that you have this image locked in your head, it’s time to play ‘Spot the Bus!’  If you see Clyde’s bus driving around NYC, snap a picture of it and share it with us.  Post it on our facebook page or tag it on twitter with the hashtag #SpotTheBus and you will get a free harbor cruise from CitySightseeing NY.  At the end of the month (Sept 30) we will randomly select one person who shared a picture to win an autographed basketball!

So get out there and spot that bus!

Photo must be taken on or after 9/21/2012. The winner must be the person who spotted the bus.  Submitting somebody else’s photo leaves you subject to disqualification.

Be a VIP for Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier’s Ride of Fame

As we announced on Facebook and Twitter this morning, New York Knick legend Clyde Frazier is the newest member of the Ride of Fame family.  On Wednesday, September 19th, we will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony with Clyde and a bus will be dedicated in his name.  Do you want to join us? It will be well worth it.

We are accepting VIP requests for the event now, and for a limited time only.  All VIP’s will get to ride on top of the double decker bus with Clyde, be given a $25 gift card to “Clyde Frazier’s Wine and Dine,” his delicious new restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen, and be eligible to win some awesome stuff including autographed basketballs like the one in the picture below.  To request VIP access, tweetI want to be a VIP! #ClydeROF” or email  All weekend we’re going to be giving away some great stuff on Twitter so make sure you follow @GrayLineNewYork!**

The Ride of Fame ceremony will be held at Pier 78 at 12 p.m. on September 19th.  All VIP’s must meet on 8th Avenue and 47th Street one hour prior to the event, where they will be given a double-decker bus ride to the pier.

You could win this!

**You must be be able to pick up your prizes in NYC within 30 days if you win a twitter contest.

*UPDATE* The Statue of Liberty Interior Will Open in On July Fourth Weekend

UPDATE: Due to the Superstorm Sandy, Liberty Island will be closed for the remainder of 2012.  Re-opening date TBD, per National Park Service.

UPDATE #2: The Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island will re-open on July 4th, 2013, per National Park Service. In the meantime, if you would like to see the Statue of Liberty, try a New York Harbor Cruise for some of the best views of Lady Liberty.

Since last October, the interior of the Statue of Liberty has been closed due to renovations.  Many tourists who come to New York each year want to climb to the top of Lady Liberty because it represents New York, America and Freedom unlike any other monument.  But for the past year they have been out of luck.

On October 28, the Statue’s 126th birthday, the interior of the Statue of Liberty will once again be open to the public!  Right now, Statue sightseeing has been limited to trips to Liberty Island and harbor cruises around the monument, but finally we will now be able to climb into the crown again.

Now that the Statue of Liberty is going to re-open, do you plan on making a trip?  Have you ever been before?  Let us know in the comments.


New York Jets Legend Joe Namath to be Honored by Ride of Fame

We are proud to announce that Super Bowl Champion and Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath will be the next Ride of Fame inductee!

Broadway Joe was drafted first overall by the New York Jets in 1965.  His Hall of Fame career included five AFL All-Star selections, one NFL Pro Bowl, two AFL MVPs, an American Football League Championship in 1968 and, of course, one Super Bowl Championship.  The Jets were heavy underdogs to the Baltimore Colts before Super Bowl III, but Namath lead the team to an historic upset.  Three days before the game, Namath famously guaranteed victory.

Namath spent his college career with the Alabama Crimson Tide, where he won a National Championship under legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant.  While looking back upon his career, Bryant called Joe, “the greatest athlete I ever coached,” which is pretty high praise coming from a man who spent 46 years in the game.

Joe Namath will be joining Henrik Lundqvist, Reggie Jackson and Roger Maris as the only athletes to be honored by Gray Line New York’s Ride of Fame.  The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at Pier 78 on September 12th at 11 a.m.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out how you can be a VIP at the ceremony, where there will be a few surprises including a meet and greet with the star.