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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.

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?

Cody Simpson Double-Decker Bus Performance in NYC

September 28, 2011, Australian pop singer Cody Simpson traveled to New York City to film an MTV segment on our bus!

We waited anxiously in the heart of Times Square for Simpson’s arrival.

When Simpson and his crew arrived, we all hopped on-board and drove down to the Moonstruck Diner on the corner of West 23rd Street and 9th Avenue.

Tons of Cody Simpson fans were already there, waiting anxiously to catch a glimpse of Simpson himself!

Simpson hopped-off to sign autographs and take pictures with his excited fans.

Next, 12 lucky fans had the chance to board Simpson’s bus and tour the city for his exclusive MTV segment.

He even serenaded everyone on the bus!

We could get used to these performances! 🙂

Click here to view more pictures from the event.

Click here to listen to Cody Simpson’s songs on iTunes.