5 Can’t Miss Events This Week in NYC

These are the top 5 events going on in NYC this week:

It’s been four years in the making. Welcome to Super Bowl Week, New York!

The Puppy Bowl Experience comes to Discovery Times Square January 27-February 1

Super Bowl Boulevard takes over Times Square January 29-February 1

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Rangers play the Islanders at Yankee Stadium January 29

DirecTV Celebrity Beack Bowl at Pier 40 February 1

The Super Bowl Comes to MetLife Stadium February 2

Best Movie Theaters in NYC

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Where is the best place to see a movie in NYC?

Sometimes you need to take a break from the hustle and bustle of sightseeing in NYC. We get it, we live here. We know how crazy it can be and we know that sometimes if you’re visiting NYC, the best way to get away from it all is at the movies. Take a couple of hours, buy a jumbo popcorn, and relax. It will be just like home. After all, once you’ve been to one movie theater, you’ve been to all of them, right?

Wrong.

New York City, as it does to many other thing, takes movie theaters to a whole new level. These are the best movie theaters in NYC:

AMC 84th Street 6

  • Worried about getting to the theatre early to find seats? Not here! Buy in advance so you can show up during the previews and not worry about a thing.
  • This is on the top of our list for one reason – lazy boy recliners. It’s like you’re at home, except you have a bunch of strangers lounging next to you.
  • Thirsty during the movie and don’t want to walk all the way back to the counter? No worries, just head outside of your theater where you will find refill machines for your Coke Zero.
  • Popcorn is a solid A-, they lose points because they use bags not buckets. (Believe me, it’s a game changer!)

Regal Union Square Stadium 14

  • This place is massive, so if you’re looking for a place with a lot of options and floors this is it.
  • Advance screenings – want to see the Hunger Games the day before it comes out? This theater is privy to advance screen certain films.
  • Like extra butter on your popcorn? Do it yourself here!
  • Location, location, location. Easy to get to no matter what part of the city you’re coming from.

Chelsea Bow Tie Cinema

  • Want a theater that doesn’t follow the standard rules? This theater thinks a little out of the box.
  • The design of this place makes you feel like you are going to a Broadway show more than a movie, makes the experience extra special.
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show – every Friday AND Saturday night.
  • $6 tickets on Super Tuesday!

Regal Battery Park Stadium 11

  • Not a fan of people? This is your theater.
  • If you are living or working in the downtown area, this is definitely your best option for theaters.
  • Solid popcorn time after time, may not rank number one but consistently counts!

Do you have a favorite theater in NYC? Tell us about it on Twitter at @GrayLineNewYork

So, What is ‘Hop on, Hop off’ Anyway?

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What is a Hop on, Hop off bus tour?

We get a lot of questions from our visitors all about our bus tours and how they work. One of the most common questions we get is about our top products, the hop on, hop off double decker bus tours. As people who work with these buses every single day, sometime take for granted the fact that not everyone has been exposed to this type of tour previously.

ESBThe Hop on, hop off bus tour is becoming more and more popular throughout the world. Here in New York City, this is how it works

  • When you redeem your ticket, it is valid for 24 hours, 48 hours, or another pre-determined amount of time.
  • We have 50 spots throughout the city where our bus makes stops on our various tours. You can check out our map online here.
  • You can ‘hop on’ the bus at any of these stops you purchased a ticket for. For example:
      • If your ticket is for the downtown tour, you can hop on at stops 1-22
      • If your ticket is for the uptown tour, you can hop on at stops 23-39
      • If you have an All Loops ticket, you can hop on at any of the 50 stops
  • Once on the bus, you can ride for as long as the bus remains in service and on its loop. The bus will continue to make stops at each of the pre-marked destinations.
  • Any time the bus makes a stop, you can ‘hop off’ and further explore the area on your own. Maybe you want to grab some lunch, maybe you want to use your Empire State Building tickets; you can hop off for as long as you like.
  • When you hop off, you hang onto your tickets. You will need them next time you want to hop on again.
  • Buses come through each stop every 15-20 minutes, so if you find yourself waiting at one of our bus stops, be patient because another bus will be there soon!

So, are you still confused about what “Hop on, Hop off” means? Do you have other questions you would like to see answered? Let us know on Twitter at @GrayLineNewYork. 

5 Can’t Miss Events This Week in NYC

These are the top 5 events going on in NYC this week:

The New York City Ballet begins its Winter Season at Lincoln Center (Tuesday, 21)

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The American Songbook Series kicks off with a free show at Lincoln Center (Wednesday, 22)

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Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic at Barclays Center (Wednesday, 22-Sunday 26)

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Masters of Ceremony Hip Hop Reunion featuring DMX at Radio City Music Hall (Friday, 24)

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Luke Bryan Plays MSG (Saturday, 25)

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Bonus pick!

The Devils play The Rangers outside in Yankee Stadium (Sunday, 26)

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Are you going to one of these events this week? Doing something else we didn’t list? Tell us all about it on Twitter at @GrayLineNewYork

Where to Watch the NFC & AFC Championship in NYC

Alright Football fans, the road to MetLife Stadium has come down to four. This Sunday is championship weekend in the NFL and we soon will have our Super Bowl matchup set.

So who are you rooting for? Don’t have a dog in the fight? Head to one of these team specific NFL Championship watch parties this weekend and you’ll be sure to find one. This Sunday these are the official NYC watch parties for each of the remaining teams.

Where to watch the NFC Championship if you are a 49ers fan:

Finnerty’s

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Where to watch the NFC Championship if you are a Seahawks fan:

Carlow East

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Where to watch the AFC Championship if you are a Patriots fan:

Traffic Hell’s Kitchen

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Where to watch the AFC Championship if you are a Broncos fan:

Mustang Henry’s

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Where will you be watching the games on Sunday? Tell us on twitter at @GrayLineNewYork

5 Best (Remaining) Record Stores in NYC

Colony Records, no longer with us.

For many, vinyl is a thing of the past. Heck, physical music in general has become antique. With the advent of iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube, the music industry has gone almost entirely digital. Just last year NYC lost a 64-year veteran of the record selling business, Colony Records.

But there still are the purists out there- the ones who are constantly updating their turntables and organizing their sleeves in alphabetical order. This is for those of you who are still looking for the record mainstays in NYC. These are the 5 best record stores in NYC, still standing:

Bleeker Street Records

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flickr / bill_comstock

Last year Bleeker Street Records almost faced the same fate as Colony. Its rent had gone up too much, but luckily it was able to find a spot nearby to call a home. It may no longer be on Bleeker Street, but it’s still one of the top record stores in NYC.

Permanent Records

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We can only hope that permanent’s name holds true, because the Greenpoint record shop is top-shelf. In a time when record store after record store is closing the doors, Permanent holds strong.

Turntable Lab

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This Alphabet City music shop sells more than just records, and that might be what keep them alive for the long haul. That being said, their vinyl selection is fantastic!

Good Records NYC

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Located in the East Village, Good Records both buys and sell records. They also have fantastic service, which, let’s be honest, is what make a good record store a good record store.

Academy Records & CDs

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Academy is another very large record store with great prices. The buy, sell, and also deal in all forms of music media, which is nice, just in case you feel like something other than vinyl.

What’s your favorite record store in NYC? Tweet us at @GrayLineNewYork

5 Can’t Miss Events This Week in NYC

This week features a few events in Brooklyn that you need to go to. Here are the 5 events to keep an eye on in NYC:

Jay Z is back in his home for another night on the Magna Carter World Tour at Barclays Center Monday, January 13

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Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin opens at The Met Tuesday, January 14

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Stop by The Word in Brooklyn for a special Comic Book Night Panel with Sean Howe and Tim Leong Wednesday, January 15

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The Under The Radar Festival continues through this Saturday at The Public Theater Through Saturday, January 19

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Join Fran Lebowitz and Martin Scorsase in conversation at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Sunday, January 20

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