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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?

Experience NYC at Night

Alright all of you night owls, it’s Friday the 13th!

If you’re wondering what to do on this spooky evening, mix things up and celebrate with the Night Tour in NYC.

During the Night Tour, you’ll stop at the historic Brooklyn Fulton Ferry Landing for a photo opportunity and jaw dropping views of the glittering Manhattan Skyline.

Enjoy nighttime views and ambiance of Times Square, Chinatown, Empire State Building , Greenwich Village, SoHo, Little Italy, Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge and Lower East Side.

Click here to book a tour.

President Obama Visiting Ground Zero

Due to President Obama arriving in NYC for the Ground Zero memorial, our Times Square stop will relocate to 50th Street and 7th Avenue for roughly 2 hours.

Between 10:15am – 12:15pm, please go to 50th Street and 7th Avenue for the Downtown Loop or 41st Street and 7th Avenue.

The President will lay a wreath down at the memorial at 1:25PM Thursday, 5/5/11.

Click here for more information about the memorial.

Click here for more information on the Downtown Loop.

Filming Locations for Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Although it’s somewhat embarrassing to admit, Home Alone is seriously one my favorite movies of all time. How can you go wrong with Christmas music, two goofy bandits and a hilarious family all wrapped into one?

Remember when youngster Kevin McCallister accidentally winds up in New York City for Christmas in Home Alone 2?

Here are 3 film locations to hop-off at during the Uptown or Downtown Tours:

1. The Plaza Hotel

Kevin spent a few infamous nights here all thanks to his dad’s credit card. From the cheese pizza to the shower scene, this is one of our favorite filming locations from Home Alone 2.

Stop #19 on the Downtown Loop.

Stop #38 on the Uptown Loop.

2. Rockefeller Center

Spoiler alert! At the end of the movie, Kevin and his mom finally reunite at the magical Rockefeller Christmas Tree. After Thanksgiving, you can experience this incredible site for yourself! Aside from Christmas Time, 30 Rock is a great place to people watch and grab a yummy lunch from the many street vendors.

Stop # 18 on the Downtown Loop.

3. Bethesda Fountain

Escaping and pranking “The Wet Bandits” is what makes the Home Alone series an instant classic. After the two bandits spot Kevin outside of a toy shop, they run towards the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park.

Stops #25, 36 – 38 on the Uptown Loop.

Stop #19 on the Downtown Loop.

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Do you have a film location you’d like for us to find along our tour bus route? Let us know in the comment section above.

Click here for more Home Alone 2 film locations.

Click here to book a hop-on, hop-off tour.

See the City Your Way

If you’re looking for the ultimate New York Pass, the Gray Line Freestyle New York package is just what you’re looking for.

Each Freestyle New York Tour includes 72 hours of double-decker bus tours:

  • Downtown Loop
  • Uptown Loop
  • Brooklyn Loop
  • and Night Tour

Plus your choice of any 3 or 5 items listed here:

  • Cruises
  • Attractions
  • Dining
  • Museums
  • Fun Items
  • Airport Transfers

Click here to book this Freestyle New York Pass.

New York Tour Packages

So many landmarks and so little time!

For many individuals planning an exciting vacation to New York City, this is probably what they’re thinking. Although “The City that Never Sleeps” can be slightly intimidating, we promise there is an easier way to experience all of the addicting sights and sounds.

If you’re looking for New York Tour Packages, the Manhattan Comprehensive Tour is a fully-escorted coach tour that covers all of Manhattan — from Uptown to Downtown — PLUS:

• Lunch in Little Italy

• Visit to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck

• New York Harbor Cruise

With Summertime quickly approaching, our climate-controlled motor coach is the perfect way to beat the heat and still see all of the amazing NYC landmarks.

Want to learn some fun facts about NYC?

A friendly guide will accompany you the entire time to share the best kept NYC secrets and historical facts. Around lunchtime, look forward to a delicious meal at one of New York’s oldest Italian restaurants – Grotta Azzurra.

Overall, the Manhattan Comprehensive Tour is an inexpensive New York tour package that covers the entire city, from top to bottom, in one day.

Click here for tickets.

What’s Going on Right Now in NYC

Do you ever wonder what is going on right now in NYC?

If you’re from out of town, you want to know about cheap, family-friendly deals that won’t blow your wallet.

If you’re a local, you want to know the best Happy Hour right after work.

Either way, our friends at City Experts Wire are your go-to resource for finding out the best events, promotions and deals in NYC.

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