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Did You Know We Offer Tours in 11 Different Languages?

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NYC Double Decker Bus Tours in 11 different languages!

How many languages do you know how to speak? Are you bilingual? Tri? Can you speak six? Seven? Eight languages? No matter how many languages you can speak, whether it be all 11, or just one, we have a tour for you!

Gray Line New York has audio tours on all of our double decker buses in each of the following languages:

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Hebrew

So which language are you taking your next tour in? Tweet us at @GrayLineNewYork and let us know!

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What Does It Mean When Our Buses Take A ‘Loop’?

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We get lots of questions from our customers about what services we provide. One of the more popular questions is about the famous “loops” that our double decker buses travel on. What is a loop? Let us help:

GrayLine_27The simple answer is that a “loop” is the path that each of our double decker bus tours travels, but there are some key details that you should also know about the loops.

  • All of the loops begin and end at the same point, hence the term loop
  • The loops are NOT continuous. This means that each loop has a starting point and an ending point. At the starting point, you are greeted by an empty bus. At the ending point, the bus may go out of service and all of the passengers will have to leave the bus.
  • The loops all have stops along the way. We covered this in the Hop on, Hop off post.
  • A new bus begins a loop every 15-20 minutes, meaning that if you just missed one bus, you may have a short wait for the next to come.

And that pretty much sums it up. Still confused about what a loop is? Tweet us at @GrayLineNewYork and we’ll be happy to help!

Take Advantage of Labor Day in NYC

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Labor Day is a lot like Memorial Day in New York City. As the latter marks the unofficial beginning to the summer, Labor Day is the sad, unofficial end to the summer. Yeah, technically summer doesn’t end until late September, but once the first Monday of the month comes to pass, our minds are already shifting to fall.

Labor Day is also a lot like Memorial Day in that it’s a getaway holiday for most of us who live here. We have a long weekend and we typically use it as our last chance to head down the Jersey Shore or out to the Hamptons for one last hurrah of summer beach fun. This is good news for those of you thinking of visiting Manhattan for Labor Day Weekend because it means that the city will be empty for your sightseeing pleasure.

Here are our tips on taking advantage of the locals heading out of town and leaving the city in your hands for three days:

  • Walk the Brooklyn Bridge

The only annoying part of walking the Brooklyn Bridge is the crowds that you have to fight to do so. With locals out of town, the walkway shouldn’t be too bad.

The Reservoir in Central Park is a prime running spot for locals. It has a great track, beautiful views and never really gets too crowded. With all of the locals out of town, you’ll have open space for days.

The High Line Park is a popular spot for those who live in The Village, but most tourists visiting don’t even know about it. Head over to the West Side park for a very cool experience.

Less people means less traffic, less traffic means more fun. Labor Day Weekend is the final weekend of the unofficial summer, and one of the best weekends to take a tour.

So, what are your plans for Labor Day? Are you making like a local and heading to the beach, or are you going to take advantage of our great city? Let us know in the comments!

Grand Central Terminal Walking Tours

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Grand Central Station is the center of the universe, at least for the 20+ million people who go through the terminal each year. It is one of the most beautiful pieces of architecture in NYC and one of the largest transportation hubs on the planet. This year, Grand Central Terminal celebrates its 100th birthday, and there’s no better time to admire the incredible building.

You can now enjoy a walking tour of Grand Central Terminal at your own pace. Try out the Grand Central Audio tour now and let us know what you think!

Photo Credit: Flickr / Nouhailler

Tweet to Win! (Round 2)

Well, no one was able to claim the prize from Sunday night, so we’re putting it right back on the table. Ugly Betty: Season 3, autographed by co-star Vanessa Williams is our prize, and this is how you can win:

We want to hear from you.  Which of our four major tours is your favorite?  The Uptown Loop? Downtown Loop?  Brooklyn Loop?  Night Tour Loop?  Tweet to us which tour is your favorite, be sure to include why you love it the most and you will be entered to win!  It’s that easy!  At the end of the week, we’ll randomly draw a winner for the prize.  Click here to send your tweet!

To claim your prize, you must live in the continental United States or be able to pick up the box set in New York City.  Standard New York contest rules apply.

Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore to be Inducted into the Ride of Fame! *UPDATE*

**UPDATE: Unfortunately, Mary Tyler Moore will not be able to join us on Tuesday afternoon.  Bernadette Peters will be there and accept the award on behalf of the both of them.**

Do you want to be a VIP this Tuesday when we induct Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore into the Ride of Fame?  Well, you’re invited!

On Tuesday, August 21st at Noon, Gray Line New York will proudly induct the newest members into the Ride of Fame, joining a host of exemplary New Yorkers who have represented our city to the finest level.  All are invited to come to the ceremony at Pier 78 on the Hudson River, but a select few can get special VIP access!

Just tell us why you think you deserve to be a VIP and if we think you’re worthy, you’re in!  Send us a tweet, share with us on Facebook, show us pictures of your pets (The duo started Broadway Barks, a charity to help save dogs and cat in NYC).  If you’re a fan of the two icons, this is a great chance to show your appreciation for their work and see them up close and in person!

The Ride of Fame artwork is being done by legendary fashion designer, Bob Mackie. How cool is that?!  This is going to be a fun event on Tuesday, don’t miss out!

Thanks to all who made the #PayItForwardExpress a success!

For those who have been following, the #PayItForwardExpress have been a huge success!  Even after the tours have been taken, the great bloggers who earned a spot aboard continue to spread the word. Here is the link to a Storify summarizing the events of the past 4 weeks:

[View the story “Hop on the #PayItForwardExpress” on Storify]

We will continue to update this Storify as time goes on, but on behalf of Gray Line New York, I would like to thank everyone who participated in this awesome event to make the world a better place, especially Amee and Dawn for putting the whole thing together. The #PayItForwardExpress was a success because of you all, and if you keep being great people, the world will keep being great to you.