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Students, Welcome Back to School!

Ok, it may be a little early to be welcoming college students back for the Fall semester, but it’s never too early to start making plans.  Beginning August 16th, Gray Line New York will be offering all college students from the Tri-State area half priced tours!

Maybe you’re coming to NYC for freshman orientation and you want to learn more about the place you’re going to call home for the next four years.  Maybe you and your college friends want to see NYC from a different perspective.  Maybe you’re a Rutgers student who’s coming to Manhattan for the day and want to take advantage of a cheap tour.  This tour is for you!

What’s that?  You family is coming with you but they aren’t currently enrolled in college?  If they’re with you, they get 10% off as well.  Your summer may be over, but the fun doesn’t have to stop.

For more information on this discount follow this link to the Gray Line New York website.

August Special Deals: Sneak Peek!

Wow! This summer is just blowing by with heat wave after heat wave and the occasional random downpour.  July is almost over, the Olympics are just 9 days away and your August sneak peek is ready to run.  Without further ado, here are Gray Line New York’s specials for the eighth month of the year:

Save $20 on a last-minute getaway!

Last minute Niagara Falls getaway!

This one is for those of you who reside in the area.  You’ve spent so much of your summer in NYC already that you are looking for something a little bit different.  Maybe you want to stop in at our nation’s capital, or head up north to the beautiful Niagara Falls.  Well, for the first two weeks of August we’re giving you $20 off select 1-2 day excursions outside of Manhattan!  From August 1-15, bring a valid form of identification proving residency in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut to our visitor center to purchase this deal.

50% off back-to-school special!

Are you coming to Manhattan for your freshman orientation at NYU? Maybe you’re just coming back for another semester at Columbia.  Are you starting grad school up at Fordham?  Well you’re in luck because our All Loops package will be 50% off for all college students with a valid college ID.  Beginning August 16 and continuing through the month, we’re inviting our local college students to see the city in a different way – atop a double decker bus!  The best part is, if you’re with family or friends, they ride for 10% off with your presence.  Awesome!

Speaking of back-to-school…

Did you know that we run transportation from Port Authority to Woodbury Commons every day?  Get all of your back-to-school shopping done at your convienence as we run buses to and from the premium outlets throughout the day.  Check out the schedule to choose the best plan for you.

For more insider information and all the latest NYC excitement, sign up for our monthly newsletter where we will give you the best deals in town!

Do a Good Deed, Win a Free Bus Tour

Are you a blogger who’s going to be in New York City between August 1st and 5th?  Do you want to see the city from atop a double-decker bus?  If you answered yes to both of these questions, pay attention.

Madame Deals approached us recently with an idea that we couldn’t resist.  Let’s get bloggers–people who have a strong influence in their online communities–to do some good.  If we can pull together a bunch of bloggers doing good deeds, and have their readers start doing good deeds, this world will be a better place.  This is all part of the Madame Deals Pay it Forward initiative that encourages people to get out there and do good, and frankly, we’ve been inspired to help out.

So this is what’s happening:

  • We’re giving away 50 double-decker bus tours between August 1st and 5th, when the BlogHer 2012 convention is in town.  (You do not have to go to BlogHer to win a ticket; you just need to be in NYC during this time.)
  • In order to get your hands on one of these tickets, you have to do a good deed.  It can be big, it can be small, but what matters is that you affect the world in a positive way.
  • Once you do this good deed, tweet about it, post it on Facebook, blog about it, tell everybody! It’s like that Liberty Mutual commercial where one good deed inspires another; share your compassion and others will follow suit.  Use the hash tag #PayItForwardExpress and tag @GrayLineNewYork and @madamedeals so we can help spread the word.
  • Make sure you submit an official entry on MadameDeals.com.  This is where you will also find the official rules and regulations of the contest.

We are so excited to be helping Madame Deals in her effort to make this world a better place, one good deed at a time.

Free NYC Double-Decker Bus Tours

**Game runs every Friday, May-July**

So you want to take one of our fantastic double-decker bus tours, but you don’t want to spend any money on a ticket.  I don’t blame you.  Getting something for free is nice.  Well, we’re going to start being nice.

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Win a free bus tour!

Starting this Friday, Gray Line New York is going to be giving away some free tours.  You guys, our guests, are the reason we do this, so we want to show our appreciation.  Every Friday for the foreseeable future will be Photo Friday on our Facebook page.

Photo Friday is a contest.  The contest isn’t very difficult, but it’s not necessarily easy to win either.  This is how it’s going to work:

  • Every Friday morning at 10:30, we will post a picture on Facebook with a question about the picture.
  • Some questions will be easy, such as “Where was this taken?” or “What building is this?” but others will be more difficult.
  • If you think you know the answer to the question, write it in the comments of the picture.
  • One lucky person who gets the answer right will be randomly selected to win 2 tickets for a previously stated tour.
  • Make sure you follow us on Twitter and check our blog throughout the week, because from time to time hints will be given as to what the answer will be.

So, if you’re interested in taking one of our tours for free, make sure you’re tuned into our Facebook page every Friday.  Remember, bus tours are good, but free bus tours are better!

All rules are subject to change.  Rules and regulations in accordance with New York state law.

Garden of Dreams With the New York Knicks

Monday evening, we had the opportunity to hang out with a local group of school children and the New York Knicks for January’s Garden of Dreams.

What is the Garden of Dreams?

A 501c3 non-profit charity that works closely with all areas of The Madison Square Garden Company, including the New York Knicks, Rangers, Liberty, MSG Media, MSG Entertainment and Fuse “to make dreams come true for kids facing obstacles”.

In the four years since its inception, Garden of Dreams has worked tirelessly to fulfill its mission by creating unique and unforgettable events and activities -often involving unprecedented access to Madison Square Garden Company celebrities, events and venues -that have brightened the lives of thousands and thousands of special children and their families. (source)

After school, we picked the children up on our red double-decker bus and drove downtown to the absolutely stunning Top of the Rock.

Upon arrival, the children had a chance to mingle with players from the New York Knicks and gaze out at the gorgeous New York City skyline. For many, this was their first time exploring NYC from the observatory and top-deck of the bus!

Overall, we had an amazing time and look forward to providing transportation to future events such as the Garden of Dreams.

Have you ever been to Top of the Rock?

Ride of Fame with Marc Anthony

September 8, 2011, Singer & Fashion Designer, Marc Anthony was inducted into the Gray Line New York “Ride of Fame”.

TheRide of Fame campaign honors and recognizes leading New Yorkers who have represented the city positively in all of his or her endeavors.

Marc Anthony was born and raised in New York City and is the top selling salsa artist of all time!

Did you know Anthony has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide?

Marc Anthony, the September "Ride of Fame" Inductee.

Forty fans won an exciting contest held on the Gray Line New York  Facebook  Page and official Marc Anthony Twitter account where they received EXCLUSIVE VIP access on the top deck during the event.

Shannon, the Gray Line New York Social Media Specialist with Marc Anthony's 40 Ride of Fame VIPs.

The entire event was so much fun and we definitely picked Marc Anthony’s top 40 fans as our VIPs!

Univision interviewing a Ride of Fame VIP.

“Marc Anthony is a true ambassador of Latin music and culture,” says David W. Chien, Director of Marketing for Gray Line New York. “With all of his accomplishments and ties to this great city, we are honored to induct Mr. Anthony into the Ride of Fame.”

Marc Anthony and David Chien, the Gray Line New York Director of Marketing. September 8, 2011 - Photo by Janette Pellegrini/Getty Images North America

During his initiation speech, Marc Anthony stated:

“A lot of my dreams came true on these streets. Today, to see this kind of recognition in a city that means so much to me is absolutely overwhelming and to receive it in a landscape that means so much to me and that I understand is an honor beyond belief.”

VIPs watching the Ride of Fame Induction from the top-deck.

After the induction ceremony, Anthony hopped on board his new double-decker tour bus to hang out with his 40 anxiously awaiting VIPs.

Marc Anthony on board his new bus!

The Marc Anthony Tour Bus drove from Pier 78, through Times Square and dropped Anthony off at Access Hollywood near Bryant Park.

Anthony took pictures, signed autographs and surprised his 40 VIPs with $100 Kohl’s Gift Cards to his new fashion line, the Marc Anthony Collection at Kohl’s.

The front of the new Marc Anthony Ride of Fame bus.

Overall, the event was a huge success!

Click here for Marc Anthony’s entire induction speech.

Watch the Access Hollywood interview here.

Which NYC Celebrity would you like to see get inducted into the next “Ride of Fame”?