Month: February 2014

Celebrating Mardi Gras NYC

This year, Mardi Gras comes to us much later than usual. Normally in February, Mardi Gras 2014 is officially on March 4.

Sure, when you think Mardi Gras, you think New Orleans, but let’s not kid ourselves for one second. This is New York City. There is a party for every holiday in this town, and Fat Tuesday is no exception. Here are the best was to celebrate Mardi Gras in NYC.

Bourbon Street Bar & Grille

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This Hell’s Kitchen bar takes its name from the street that makes Mardi Gras in New Orleans famous: Bourbon. Every year Bourbon Street hosts one of the biggest Mardi Gras parties in NYC and this year is no different. There will be beads, face painting, giveaways and food and drink specials all day

Ninth Ward

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Another aptly named NYC party location for Mardi Gras, Ninth Ward in the East Village will be celebrating the day with some of the best Cajun food in the city.

169 Bar

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This dive bar will bring out the hipster in all of us with some authentic New Orleans Jazz and cheap drinks on Fat Tuesday

Billy Hurricane’s

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Get yourself a hurricane at this New Orleans themed bar. Like 169 Bar, this is a bit divey-er than our other options, but still a great place to celebrate Mardi Gras

SO where are you going to celebrate Mardi Gras this year? Tweet us at @GrayLineNewYork to let us know!

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5 Can’t Miss Events This Week in NYC

This week in NYC: Celebrities, Film Festivals and Beer!

Carly Rae Jepsen Ride of Fame Ceremony Tuesday, February 25

Winter Film Awards come to NYC Wednesday, February 26-March 1

NYC Craft Beer Festival returns to the Lexington Armory Friday, February 28-March 1

The NYC Travel Show comes to the Javits Center Friday, February 28-March 2

Kids Food Festival welcomes all to Bryant Park Saturday, March 1-March 2

5 Can’t Miss Events This Week in NYC

This week begins a couple of NYC traditions, Restaurant Week and Off Broadway Week. Check out these and the other top events in NYC:

New York Restaurant Week begins Monday, February 17

Off Broadway Week also begins Monday, February 17

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Justin Timberlake is back for a pair of show at The Garden Wednesday, February 19-20

Natural Wonder, The Ultimate Stevie Wonder Experience, comes to BB King’s Times Square on Thursday, February 20

Beer Week’s Opening Night Bash kicks off at Vanderbilt Hall on Friday, February 21

The Winter Film Awards are coming to Gray Line New York!

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The 3rd annual Winter Film Awards will take place February 26-March 1! All of this year’s screenings will be held at our Gray Line New York Theater.

Get your popcorn ready because for the third time, the Winter Film Awards are back in NYC! This year’s film festival includes 61 films from around featuring a mix of documentaries, shorts, features, animation, horror film and more. If you’re going to be in town at the end of February, this will be a must-catch event in NYC.

Screenings will be broken down into nine ticketing blocks – three each day Thursday through Saturday – with each block containing a variety of films. To purchase tickets for a specific screening block, or for the whole festival, you can visit the Winter Film Awards official website. Here is the full screening schedule.

In addition to the screenings, there will also be a filmmaker’s reception and Kick-Off Party held on Wednesday, February 26 at 49Grove and the Awards Ceremony & After-Party Gala at 230 Fifth. Both events are 21+.

Make sure you come out to the theater at 777 8th Avenue on February 27-March 1 to see our visitors center transformed!

Did You Know We Offer Tours in 11 Different Languages?

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NYC Double Decker Bus Tours in 11 different languages!

How many languages do you know how to speak? Are you bilingual? Tri? Can you speak six? Seven? Eight languages? No matter how many languages you can speak, whether it be all 11, or just one, we have a tour for you!

Gray Line New York has audio tours on all of our double decker buses in each of the following languages:

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Hebrew

So which language are you taking your next tour in? Tweet us at @GrayLineNewYork and let us know!

Off Broadway Week begins February 17 in NYC

Do you know the difference between a Broadway Show and an Off Broadway Show? I’ll give you a hint: it doesn’t have to do with what street it’s on, or the quality of the show necessarily. Give up? Well, let me tell you.

The Difference between a Broadway Show and an Off Broadway show all comes down to seating capacity. Broadway Theaters are theaters that hold 500 or more seats, Off Broadway theaters are theaters that hold between 100-499 seats. That’s it. So when people tell me they don’t want to see that Off Broadway show because the production value is too low, I laugh at the. They don’t know what they’re missing.

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Off Broadway shows are some of the best in NYC, after better than their Broadway counterparts. Shows like Avenue Q can go toe-to-toe with any musical comedy in a Broadway theater, and now you can get 2-for-1 tickets to just about all of them. The Off Broadway Week 2-for-1 deal is on sale now for shows from February 17-March 2. Visit the official website to buy your tickets now, you won’t regret it!

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Image Via Flickr/Andy Coe

5 Can’t Miss Events This Week in NYC

Photo: Flickr/Doha Stadium Plus

Photo: Flickr/Doha Stadium Plus

This week is Valentine’s Week, and these are 5 of the best events happening in NYC:

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Garden Monday, February 10

Sesame Street Live comes to the theater at MSG Thursday, February 13

Kings of Leon come to rock MSG Friday, February 14

Ride of Fame Alum Marc Anthony does Valentine’s Day Weekend at Barclays Center Saturday, February 15 

The Harlem Globetrotters put on a show at Madison Square Garden Sunday, February 16