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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!

The Best 8 Places for running in NYC

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It’s too nice outside to be stuck at your gym or at home exercising! Sometimes jogging can become tedious, but jogging in New York City might make you forget that you’re even sweating. Make fitness fun by exploring the city and still being able to get the summer body you want to achieve.

Here is our list of top spots to jog in NYC:

8. Roosevelt Island
7. High Line Park – Go early or don’t go at all.
6. Riverside Park
5. Inwood Hill Park
4. East River Bridges – Great views, nice inclines, but be prepared to slow for the walkers. It can be a tight squeeze on the bridges at some points.
3. Prospect Park – Our favorite Brooklyn running getaway.
2. Hudson River Greenway – Run the length of the Hudson, right on the water. It’s beautiful.

And the best place to run in NYC is…

1. Central Park Reservoir – Nothing beats running the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir. The views are beautiful, there’s room to pass slower runners, the track isn’t too hard and it isn’t too soft- It’s as good a place as you’ll find in NYC to go for a jog.

One tip: Ever heard of the early bird gets the worm? Well, let’s just say you might want to be a jogging bird. Remember its New York! If you want to take a walk or jog in NYC it’s very hard to avoid people and cyclists in your way, so head out early before everyone wakes up!

Change up your scenery and jog on.

Photo Credit: Flickr / Ed Yourdon

Mother’s Day in NYC 2013

A Central Park picnic for Mother's Day?

A Central Park picnic for Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day is coming up and if you haven’t yet, it’s time to start planning. Luckily for you, if you will be in NYC on May 12th, we have a couple of suggestions for you. Here’s the Gray Line New York guide to Mother’s Day in NYC:

For The Outdoor Mom

The mom who loves the outdoors might not be thrilled about being in the big city for her special day, but did you know that NYC has over 1,700 parks and playgrounds? As shocking as that may sound, that’s not a made up stat. Our recommendation, take mom to The High Line to experience one of Manhattan’s most unique parks, or maybe just head to Central Park for a picnic.

For The Sporty Mom

Who said the ballgame is just a Father’s Day tradition? Take mom to Citi Field for a game against the Pirates.

For The Hungry Mom

Brunch. New Yorkers love their brunch, because it’s breakfast, and it’s lunch. At the same time.

Taking your mom to brunch is as nice a thing as you can do for the woman who brought you into this world. Remember to think ahead, because Mother’s Day is one of the year’s big brunch days, so you may need to make a reservation.

For The Music Mom

If your mom is one of those people who always has music playing, than you’re in luck. The Bayou n’ Brooklyn Music Festival will last all weekend, closing on Mother’s Day.

For The Tourist Mom

You have been living in New York City for a year since you left your Ohio roots, and mom is finally coming to visit so that she can spend Mother’s Day with her favorite child. Mom has never been to Manhattan before, so you know that she’s going to want to see everything. No problem, just hop on a double-decker bus tour for the weekend. Tours include Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, and a nighttime route. Mom will love you forever.

Does your mom not fit into one of these categories? Let us know in the comments and we’ll update our recommendations for you.

Photo: Flickr / patrickhashley

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?