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5 Can’t Miss Events This Week in NYC

Watch USA face Germany after an unexpected draw to Portugal, celebrate gay appreciation with Pride Week, and grub on some amazing barbecue in Bryant Park.

Enjoy free admission to 13 downtown museums and historic sites at A Night at the Museums, Tuesday June 24


 Enjoy an outdoor feast with Tom Colicchio’s famous sandwiches at the Bryant Park BBQ, Wednesday June 25

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 USA faces Germany to advance to the Round of 16, Thursday June 26

photo: Jeon Heon-Kyun

 Cool off with NYC’s Outdoor Pool Opening Day across the five boroughs, Friday June 27

photo: Joe Buglewicz

Join the massive march down Fifth Avenue to celebrate Pride Week, Sunday June 29

photo: Julienne Schaer




Celebrating Mother’s Day 2014 in NYC

Last year, to the liking of many, we put together a guide for Mother’s Day in NYC. After many requests for an updated version we’re back with the Gray Line New York 2014 Guide to Mother’s Day in NYC. Are you looking for things to do in NYC on Mother’s Day? Well, all moms are different, so here’s our guide on how to please your mom this year:

For The Mom With A Green Thumb

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Take Mom to the New York Botanical Garden’s Daffodil Hill for a special day out with the whole family. The NYBG’s Mother’s Day Garden Party will feature live music, fun games, casual picnicking, crafts to keep the little ones occupied and much more. There will be food and drink samples from nearby gardens and, of course, various food trucks, beer and wine for purchase.

For The Theater Mom

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Just because it’s Mother’s Day, it doesn’t mean that Broadway is dark. Take Mom to a matinee of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella for a classic musical for dreamers of all ages. Or maybe Mom is looking for a little more intrigue and laughter. Bring her to the Walter Kerr Theatre to see A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder for the hilarious tale of a man murdering his was to an inheritance. Either way, you can’t miss on the theater-loving mom.

For The Mom Who Can’t Get Enough Heartbreak

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No team in baseball has caused more heartbreak in the past 10 years than the New York Mets. From the September collapse, to the other September collapse, to Bernie Madoff, to Bobby Bonilla’s contract… the list just keeps going on. But the best thing about the Mets, the thing that makes them such a special franchise, it their fans. The Mets have the most loyal fans in baseball. Despite all of the despair, Mets fans keep coming back for more with optimism in their eyes. Does this sound like your mom? Well then there is nothing she would love more than spending the day at Citi Field with her child.

For The Shopaholic Mom

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You don’t always have to plan your mother’s day around a special event. If you know what Mom loves, treat her to a day full of adventure. If you mother has a shopping “problem” then you should take her on a shopping spree through the city. Hit the streets of SoHo and take mom to some great boutiques of all kinds. If you have the mom who loves to find a bargain, maybe swing by Brooklyn Flea where you will find some incredible items at shockingly low prices.

For The Tourist Mom

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Ever since you moved to New York, Mom has always made a point of getting to The Big City to visit you. Well it’s about time to take her up on that offer and show her around town. Take Mom on a double decker bus tour through Lower Manhattan and learn about places like the South Street Seaport and Madison Square Park. Maybe go to Brooklyn and hop off at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens to take in the Cherry Blossoms together. There’s a world of opportunity for the tourist mom, all you have to do is hop on and see where the day takes you.

So, what kind of mom is your mom? Does she not fit into any of these categories? Tell us who she is on Twitter at @GrayLineNewYork and we’ll add more recommendations to our guide!


Tribeca Film, Easter Sunday and really cool cars highlight this weeks events in NYC.

Christina Perri  plays Irving Plaza: Wednesday, April 16-17


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Golden Gloves comes to Barclays Center to host some of the best amateur boxers in the world: Wednesday, April 16-17


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The Tribeca Film Festival takes over downtown Manhattan: Thursday, April 17-27

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The 114th New York International Auto Show is back at the Javits Center: Friday, April 18-27

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The famous Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival will once again be held on 5th Avenue: Sunday, April 20

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The Yankees Home Opener, whiskey tasting, and BBQ highlight this wee in NYC:

The New York Yankees 2014 season home opener at Yankee Stadium: Monday, April 7


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The Take Two Film Festival returns with an exciting roster of films showcasing from this Tuesday the April the 8th


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Free Cone Day is coming back to Ben and Jerry’s throughout NYC this week: Tuesday, April 8

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Whiskey Live will be at Chelsea Piers: Wednesday, April 9

The NYC BBQ Cookoff is back in NYC on Staten Island: Saturday, April 12


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


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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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The Best Observation Deck of NYC?


As the double decker bus tour of NYC, we get asked lots of questions about the city and its attractions. One of the most common questions we see comes in the form of a this or that situation. People always want to know which is really the best observation deck in NYC: Top of the Rock or Empire State Building. Well, the answer’s really not all that clear.

First, let’s look at the stats.

Number of Decks

  • Top of the Rock: 3
  • Empire State Building: 2

Number of Stories

  • Top of the Rock: 68th floor, 69th floor, 70th floor
  • Empire State Building: 86th floor, 102nd floor

So if your main criterion for your decision is height, the Empire State Building goes over 30 stories higher than the Top of the Rock. But you also have to consider what you want to see. Both of these buildings have incredible views of NYC, but when you go to the Top of the rock, you also get Manhattan’s most famous building in your view: The Empire State Building. Also, the Top of the Rock is closer to Central Park, which is one of the coolest aerial views around.

Ultimately, I’d recommend making your decision based on how you answer these questions:

Do you want to go during the day or night?

  • Day: Top of the Rock
  • Night: Empire State Building

Do you care more about the view of Central Park or the financial district?

  • Central Park: Top of the Rock (You can’t really see Central Park at night, though)
  • Financial District: Empire State Building

Do you want the Empire State Building to be in your pictures?

  • Yes: Top of the Rock
  • No: Empire State Building

Really, you should just do both and decide for yourself which is the best way to see the city from above. If not, here are some pictures to help you make your decision:

Top of the Rock Pictures

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top of the rock, central park

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Empire State Building Pictures

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It’s the first week of March 2014 and these are the top 5 events in NYC:

Armory Arts Week begins Tuesday, March 4-10

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray square off in Madison Square Garden Monday, March 3

The Fusion Film Festival begins at NYU, celebrating women in film Thursday, March 6-8

The New York International Children’s Film Festival begins on Saturday, March 7-30

Chelsea Handler has a pair of shows at The Theater at MSG Saturday, March 8


What events are you going to this week in NYC? Tweet us at @GrayLineNewYork