NYC Attraction Reviews

5 CAN’T MISS EVENTS THIS WEEK IN NYC

This week the Irish take over New York with for St Patrick’s Day, Billy Joel playing in concerts and for all ye tea and coffee lovers there is a festival specifically for you this week.

St. Patrick Day Parade this Monday the 17th. The Parade can be viewed on 5th Avenue between 44th Street and 79th Street 

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Coffee and Tea Festival on this Saturday and Sunday 22nd to the 23rd.  

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Image via the Coffee and Tea festival

Billy Joel this Friday the 21th, in Madison Square Garden 

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Image via flickr /Oracle OpenWorld

 

GLBT Expos on the 22nd and 23rd, at THE JAVITS CENTER. 

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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL AMALUNA is performing this Thursday the 20th in Citi Field FLUSHING 

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Image via Cirque Du Solsil

Eat and Play Wednesday: Empire State Building & NY SkyRide

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Welcome to Eat & Play Wednesday, where each week Gray Line New York will be highlighting one of our friends who offer discounts with the Eat and Play Card. Today we are taking a look at NY Skyride/Empire State Building Combo who offers 20% off with the card.

History

The Empire State Building is a 103 story skyscraper that began construction in 1929 and was completed in 1931. Since its creation the empire state building stood as the world’s tallest building for almost 40 years until the completion of the World Trade Center’s North Tower in 1970. It wasn’t until the 9/11 attacks that the empire state building was once again the tallest building in New York. After the building of the one world trade center, the empire state building has lost its title as tallest building in New York making it the fourth tallest building in the United States and the 23 tallest building in the world. Today the empire state building is looked at as an American cultural icon.

NY Skyride is located in the Empire State Building and opened in 1994 to compliment the observation deck. The NY Skyride is a 25 minute motion simulator attraction that simulates an aerial tour over the city of New York. Since its inception the simulator has gone through two incarnations. The original version ran from 1994 to 2002 and featured James Doohan, the original ‘Scotty’ from Star Trek, as the planes air pilot.  After 9/11 the simulator was closed for a while until it made its return mid-2002. The simulator returned with a new aerial pilot in Kevin Bacon and was more educational as opposed to the humorous tones of the original.

Operating Info

Empire State Building is open 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. -2 a.m.

NY Skyride is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

With the Eat and Play card you receive 20% off the price of admission when you combo both the Skyride and the Empire State Building.

5 Quick Facts

  • The NY Skyride is open 365 days a year
  • The minimum height for the NYC Skyride is 36 inches
  • The NYC Skyride is located on the second floor of the Empire State building
  • The NYC Skyride is shown ever 15 – 20 minutes
  • NY Skyride highlights: Yankee Stadium, Roosevelt Island, WTC, Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty.

You can purchase your Eat and Play Card online here, or in person at our visitors’ center at 777 8th Avenue.

Eat and Play Wednesday: Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

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Welcome to Eat & Play Wednesday, where each week Gray Line New York will be highlighting one of our friends who offer discounts with the Eat and Play Card. Today we are taking a look at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! who offers 20% off with the card.

History

Ripley’s Believe It or Not was founded by Robert Leroy Ripley who was born in Santa Rosa, CA and moved to New York in 1913. Ripley developed a fascination with oddities and his collection of them began when he started to travel around the world. In July 1933, Ripley opened an auditorium with a showcase of all his weird collections. The collection brought in nearly two million visitors. Ripley died at the age of 50, however his collection endured with the first Ripley’s Believe It or Not opening in St Augustine, Florida in 1950.Today there are over 30 Ripley’s Believe It or Not around the world. Time Square opened their auditorium in 2007.

Operating Info

Ripley’s Believe It or Not is open 7 days a week, from 9am – 1am

With the Eat and Play card you receive 20% off the price of admission at the door.

5 Quick Facts

  • Robert Leroy Ripley was born on Christmas.
  • Ripley quit school before graduating to support his sick mother
  • Ripley’s first trip abroad was to Belgium and France
  • John Arthur opened the first Believe It or Not museum
  • Ripley played semi-professional baseball back in Santa Rosa

You can purchase your Eat and Play Card online or in person at our visitors’ center at 777 8th Avenue.

 

Eat & Play Wednesday: Radio City Stage Door Tour

Radio CityWelcome to Eat & Play Wednesday, where each week Gray Line New York will be highlighting one of our friends who offer discounts with the Eat and Play Card. Today we are taking a look at Radio City Stage Door Tour who offers 20% off with the card.

History

The Radio City Stage Door Tour gives you a behind the scene look of one of the most iconic theaters in NYC, Radio City Music Hall. Located in the heart of Rockefeller Center, tourists get to explore the magnificent Art-Deco Interiors, learn hidden secrets about the legendary stage as well as the preparation taken to get ready for a concert or Radio City Christmas Spectacular and take a look at a celebrity signed guest book. Last but not least, the tour lets you meet a Rockette and lets you know what it takes to become one of the stars of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Operating Info

The Radio City Stage Door Tour is open 7 days a week, from Sunday through Saturday from 11:00AM – 3:00PM

With the Eat and Play card you receive 20% off the price of admission at the door.

5 Quick Facts

  • The group was founded in St. Louis, Missouri in 1925
  • The Rockettes use to be known as the Missouri Rockets
  • Every Rockette must be between the height of 5’6” and 5’10 1/2” tall otherwise they are not eligible to audition
  • The cast begins rehearsals about three weeks before their first performance
  • In addition to the cast members of the show the Radio City Music  Hall two camels four sheep and one donkey

You can purchase your Eat and Play Card online here, or in person at our visitors’ center at 777 8th Avenue.

Eat & Play Wednesday: The Intrepid

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Welcome to Eat & Play Wednesday, where each week Gray Line New York will be highlighting one of our friends who offer discounts with the Eat and Play Card. Today we are taking a look at The Intrepid, Sea, Air and Space Museum, who offers 20% off with the card.

History

The Intrepid, Sea, Air and Space Museum is a grand collection of museum ships in NYC, filled with military and maritime history and is located in Pier 86 street. Shortly after a prominent New York real estate developer and philanthropist named Zachary Fisher and a journalist named Michael Stern fought for and succeeded in saving a WWII aircraft carrier named the USS Intrepid from being scrapped in 1978, The Intrepid, Sea, Air and Space Museum was founded in 1982. In addition to holding the Intrepid, the museum also houses the submarine USS Growler, a Concorde SST, A Lockheed A-12 supersonic reconnaissance plane and the most recent awarded gift, The Space Shuttle Enterprise.

Operating Info

The Intrepid is open 7 days a week, from 10 a.m. -5 p.m., and open an extra hour late on Saturdays and Sundays until October 31st.

With the Eat and Play card you receive 20% off the price of admission at the door.

5 Quick Facts

  • In 2007, The Intrepid was used in the filming of the Will Smith movie, I Am Legend
  • The Intrepid was used as headquarters for the FBI during 911
  • The Intrepid became a national landmark in 1986
  • In 2012, the Space Shuttle Enterprise landed in NYC and has since been housed on the main deck of the Intrepid
  • Until 2013, the museum served as the home base for all Fleet Week activities in NYC

You can purchase your Eat and Play Card online here, or in person at our visitors center at 777 8th Avenue.