48 hour Film Challenge Uses Double Decker Bus As Prop

This past weekend, 26 teams from all around NYC spent 48 hours making movies. Each team was given a film genre, a tag line, and a prop that all had to be used. This year’s prop was a Gray Line New York double decker bus. 26 teams, 26 movies. Here they are, vote at the bottom and tell us which one is your favorite!

NYC Activities for the Week of December 9

image via BAM

image via BAM

Holiday shows are becoming more and more prevalent as this week features a pair of The Nutcracker openings and Jingle Ball:

Rod Stewart takes to The Garden with Steve Winwood 9

The Beacon Theatre host the Holiday Cheer for ‘FUV Benefit Concert 10

The NYC Produce Show is a thing, begins on Tuesday 10

A Christmas Story, The Musical opens at the Theater at MSG 11

Andrea Bocelli comes to Brooklyn to play Barclays Center 11

The Nutcracker comes to the Schimmel Center for the Arts 12

The Nutcracker also opens at the Brooklyn Academy of Music for a nine day week stay 13

MGMT will play Barclays Center 13

Jingle Ball is back in NYC 13

Queens of the Stone Age come to the Barclays Center this weekend 14

The Trailer Park Boys will be in NYC for a show 14

The Winter Film Awards’ 48 Hour Film Challenge will have a screening at Blondies 14

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Pictures

Last night was the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting! The biggest and brightest Christmas tree in NYC was the star of the show, and social media had the pictures to prove it. Here are some of the best fan shots we saw from last nights Christmas Tree lighting:


New Year’s Eve in New York City

new year eve nyc

It is never more true that New York City is the center of the universe than on New Year’s Eve. Everyone around the world is tuned in to Times Square for the ball drop and ringing in of the new year. This year, NYC once again takes charge of the celebration with an endless string parties. Let’s take a look at what we have in store:

New York City New Year’s Eve Parties 2014

New York Party Cruise

Ring in the new year unlike any other, from the water on the Hudson River. Watch the fireworks as the clock strikes midnight and of course, enjoy the open bar!

New Year’s Eve Nightclub Parties in NYC

All of the top clubs in NYC will be throwing some special parties to celebrate the passing of 2013 and entering of 2014. These typically include 3-6 hour open bars, live DJs, tons of dancing and tons of fun!

New Year’s Eve Concerts in NYC

New Year’s Eve is known for having some of the best shows, and this year is no different. Check out everyone from Billy Joel at Barclays Center to Delta Spirit at Brooklyn Bowl.

Times Square 2014 Ball Drop

Last but not least, don’t be afraid to brave the cold and be the focal point of the night. Everyone around the world watches the ball drop in Times Square on TV, why not see it in person? It’s free, it’s fun, just get there early.

So what are you doing for NYE 2014? Tweet us @graylinenewyork!

NYC Activities for the Week of December 2

rockefeller center christmas tree

December is here and winter is in the air! this week’s activities are highlighted by holiday fun, including a few pretty big Christmas Tree Lightings:

Winter’s Eve food and music festival at Lincoln Square 2

Radiolab Live Apocalyptical at Beacon Theatre 2

Columbus Circle holiday Market opens 3

Elton John begins a 2-day headline at Madison Square Garden 3

Bryant Park’s Tree Lighting Show 3

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns 4

The Fashion Footwear Association of New York takes to the Hilton New York for three days, beginning Wednesday 4

Matisse: In Search of True Paintings opens at the Met Museum 4

Sir Patrick Stewart is honored on the Ride of Fame 4

The 2013 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting 4

Andrea Bocelli comes to Brooklyn for a show at Barclays Center 5

In the showdown for NYC, the Brooklyn Nets host the New York Knicks 5

The guys from MythBusters will be at the Beacon Theatre 6

Cyndi Lauper and Friends put on a holiday show 7

The MSG Holiday Festival features local teams, St. John’s vs Fordham and La Salle vs Stony Brook 7

P!nk plays Barclays Center 8

NYC Activities for the Week of November 25


It’s Thanksgiving Week NYC! Here are some of the things that you can do while you’re visiting New York this week:

Ten Thousand Waves exhibition opens at MoMA 25

The Origami Holiday Tree goes on display at the American Museum of Natural History 25

Van Morrison plays the Theater at MSG 25

Lighting of the Worlds Largest Menorah at Grand Army Plaza in Manhattan 27

The preseason NIT is back in the Garden with Duke and Arizona 27

African Art, New York, and the Avant-Garde exhibition opens at the Met 27

Slayer will play at the Theater in MSG 27.

Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Balloon inflation the night before the parade 27

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 28

The Nutcracker Ballet opens at Lincoln Center 29

The African Diaspora International Film Festival begins 29

Guster will play at the Beacon Theatre 30

The Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker opens at the Hammerstein 30

College Hockey takes to MSG when BU and Cornell face off 30

Literally Alive presents, A Christmas Carol 1

image via Flickr / Kowarski

Eat and Play Wednesday: Macy’s

macy e&pWelcome 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 Macy’s Herald Square who offers 10% off with the card.


The Macy’s flagship store is located in New York City’s Herald Square, right in Midtown Manhattan. Founded by Rowland Hussey Macy on October 28, 1858, the Macy’s empire has grown so much so that the store’s current location serves as the largest department store in the western hemisphere (In 2009, a larger store opened up in South Korea, otherwise Macy’s would still be the biggest in the world). Macy’s Herald Square has become a staple in New York City, especially during the holiday season, when they host the Big Apple’s grandest parade (Thanksgiving) and feature Santa Land, where children can go and meet the big man himself. They also feature one of the best holiday lights window displays in all of NYC. Last year, Macy’s began its first full renovation of the store, which was very expensive, but totally worth it.

Operating Info

Macy’s Herald Square is open 7 days a week, Mondays – Fridays from 9 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. With the Eat and Play card you receive 20% off the price of admission at the door.

5 Quick Facts

  • The star from the Macy’s logo came from the tattoo the founder Rowland Macy got as a teenager while working as a seaman.
  • Celebrity TV host Rachel Ray got her first job working as Macy’s candy counter.
  • Macy’s Herald Square was one of the first establishments to install an escalator way back in 1902
  • Macy’s Herald Square is a National Historic Landmark
  • The balloons use in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade take six hours to inflate. This is usually done the night before the parade. Some of the balloons are so big they require 50 people to hold them down.

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