5 Can’t Miss Events This Week In NYC

This week in NYC, the NFL Draft, Contemporary Art, and Jazz in Harlem highlight our activities list!

The Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival at the Apollo Theater, Sunday May 4-10

Harlem Jazz

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The 21st New York African Film Festival begins, Wednesday, May 7-26

New York African Film

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The NFL Draft comes back to Radio City Music Hall, Thursday, May 8-10

NFL Draft

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Bronx Week kicks off, Thursday, May 8-18


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The Frieze Contemporary Art Fair take over Randall’s Island, Friday, May 9-12

Frieze Art

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Fleet Week is Back in NYC, Troops Ride Free!

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Fleet Week Dates: May 21-27

After a year of budget cuts and disappointment, New York City’s Memorial Day weekend is bringing back its favorite event: Fleet Week!

To celebrate, Gray Line New York is going to give away tours to anyone in uniform, all week long! We love and appreciate everything our troops have done for our great nation, so we are going to repay them the best way we know how. Just come by our visitors center dressed in you uniform and we’ll give you your ticket to New York City. You’ve more than earned it.

Our visitors center is located at 777 8th Avenue (between 47th and 48th streets). Plus, all of your friends and family get a 10% discount just for being with you.

Fleet Week is back! Let’s Celebrate!

5 Can’t Miss Events This Week In NYC

This week in NYC is full of intriguing conversation and epicure cocktails. Check out our 5 top events:

Fiddler at 50, a tribute to Fiddler on the Roof, will be held at Symphony Space Monday, April 28

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David Lynch comes to the Brooklyn Academy of Music Tuesday, April 29

photo via BAM

Sopranos, First and Last: An Evening With David Chase is held at the Museum of the Moving Image Wednesday, April 30

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DANSE: A French-American Festival of Performance and Ideas begins Thursday, May 1

photo via frenchculture.org

The Luckyrice Feast comes to the Oriental Mandarin Friday, May 2

photo via luckyrice.com

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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Photo via Gray Line New York

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!

5 Can’t Miss Activities This Week in NYC

This week in NYC go to the movies, eat delicious food and watch the Brooklyn Nets win:

The Tribeca Film Festival continues with Innovation Week Monday, April 21-26

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photo via newyorksightseeing

Join Lincoln Center President Jed Bernstein along with several veteran and current dancers for a talk celebrating 50 years of NYC Ballet Tuesday, April 22

photo via TimeOut

The 14th Annual Taste of the Lower East Side bring over 50 restaurants together Thursday, April 24

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The Nets host the Raptors in Game 3 of their series in the NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center Friday, April 25

photo via Barclays Center

The Craft Beer Revolution Book Launch at The Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn Saturday, April 26

Photo via Powerhouse Arena

The 2014 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

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photo via flickr / D_M_D

One of New York City’s most zany traditions comes in the form of one of its shortest parades. Unlike the Thanksgiving Day Parade or the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which both travel miles on the NYC streets, the Easter Day Parade is s short one, only covering eight city blocks. Here’s how it works:

You ARE the parade. You show up at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on 49th street any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Easter Sunday. You can begin marching at any time during this span, and conclude when you feel like you’re done. You walk from 49th Street up to 57th Street on 5th Avenue, taking pictures with your fellow marchers, making new friends, and have a grand old time.

IMPORTANT: Don’t forget your bonnet!

You cannot march without an Easter bonnet, which is the whole purpose of the parade. Everyone puts on their Sunday best and finds themselves a smashing bonnet to show off. Unless you’ve been there before, you don’t know how much fun this thing is!

Details: This Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., 5th Avenue between 49th and 57th streets.

The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival Cheat Sheet

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The Ultimate Tribeca Film Festival Cheat Sheet:

It’s one of the best times of the year in New York City: Tribeca Film Festival Week! Some of the best new, and classic, films from across the world are coming to NYC for what is sure to be another incredible 12 days of screenings, talks and events throughout Lower Manhattan. Here’s our cheat sheet to everything you should know about the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

The Films

The films begin screening on Wednesday, April 16 and continue through Sunday, April 27. This year, there are nearly 200 films being featured at the festival, broken up into four different groups: Narratives, Documentaries, Features and Shorts. These films encompass 27 different genres and come from 45 different countries.

For a full list of films, with descriptions and screening times, check out the official 2014 Film Guide.

Innovation Week

This year, from April 21-26, the Tribeca Film Festival is hosting Innovation Week, “A place for gamers, coders, hackers, screenwriters, futurists, directors, financiers, and anyone who has a story to tell.” Aaron Sorkin will kick off the week’s activities with a talk about the future of film. Throughout the wee you can expect more Future of Film discussions, the largest gaming event in NYC, Tribeca Hacks, Innovation Awards and more!

Check out all of the Tribeca Innovation Week activities on their website.

Sports Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival is working in conjunction with ESPN to host nine films dedicated to “celebrating competition, passion and teamwork through a variety of captivating sport-themed, films, events, and panel discussions with both established and first-time filmmakers.”

There will be a conversation about creating authentic sports stories with Peter Berg and Connor Schell on April 26, and nine highly anticipated sports themed films. I personally am most excited for Champs, which will be followed by a Tribeca Talk with Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield, as well as boxing promoter Lou DiBella and director Bert Marcus.

Tribeca Talks

One of the things that makes the Tribeca Film Festival so great are the Tribeca Talks. Many of the films premiering at this year’s festival will be followed by talks with the directors, cast, producers and more. There are also several very exciting standalone panel discussions including

  • A talk about sports and film with Peter Berg,
  • A talk about morality and film with Aaron Sorkin,
  • The Directors Series featuring Lee Daniels with Robin Roberts and Ron Howard with Brian Williams
  • The Industry Series featuring talks about sound, editing, cinematography, and short content
  • Many, many more talks all festival long!

Schedule and Tickets

Each of these films will be screened in one of six venues throughout Lower Manhattan: AMC Loews Village 7, BMCC Tribeca PAC, Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea, SVA Theater, Tribeca Cinemas, or the Tribeca Drive-In at the World Financial Center.

Tickets are currently on sale for all.

  • Single tickets
    • Matinee & Late Night: $9
    • Evening and Weekend: $17
    • Tribeca Talks: $30
  • Hudson Pass (Full access to all events, screenings, talks and the filmmaker lounge): $1,200
  • Awards Day Pass (Access to all award winners, popular demand screenings on April 27): $40
  • Innovation Week Pass: $400-$700
  • More ticket options available on the official festival website.

Rush Tickets

If a screening or talk is sold out, don’t worry, rush tickets are still available. For each screening, 45 minutes prior a line will begin to form for people trying to get into the show without tickets. 15 minutes before the film begins, they will sell tickets on a first come, first served basis to anyone in the rush line dependent upon how much room is available.


Begin Again, Directed by John Carney

Begin Again is one of the more star studded films of the festival, starring Keira Knightley and Adam Levine as college sweethearts and songwriting partners making the move to New York City. Carney’s film will make its world premiere at the BMCC Tribeca PAC on Saturday 4/26 to close out the festival.

Champs, Directed by Bert Marcus

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This provocative documentary follows some of the biggest names in boxing, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Bernard Hopkins, and their struggles overcoming a poor upbringing by using boxing as an outlet. Following the Saturday 4/19 screening is a conversation with Heavyweight Champions Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield.

Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank, Directed by Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler

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On the verge of retirement, this documentary gives and inside look at the first openly gay Congressman, Barney Frank, and his journey through politics over the past 40 years. Following the Sunday 4/27 screening is a conversation with Barney Frank and Alec Baldwin

Five Star, Directed by Keith Miller

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Up for awards in the narrative competition, Five Star follows the story of a member of the Bloods in Brooklyn as he navigate life and make some very tough decisions about family and gang culture. This film has four screenings, so you have no excuse to miss it.

Night Moves, Directed by Kelly Reichardt

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Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Saragaard are environmental extremists plotting to blow up Oregon’s Green Peter Dam. I’m very interested to see where Reichardt take this “drama about outsiders searching for a meaningful place on the edges of the system.”

Time is Illmatic, Directed by One9


The documentary tracing Nas’ steps through the hip hop world beginning with his debut album, Illmatic, in 1994 is sure to be one of the best films of the entire festival. Time is Illmatic opens the festival at the Beacon Theater on Wednesday night.