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Celebrate Christmas in August With The Rockettes and Gray Line New York

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Christmas is just too good of a feeling to only experience it in the winter. You don’t have to wait until December; only in New York can you watch the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall this summer on August 13th! The “Christmas in August” celebration of the 2013 Radio City Christmas Spectacular production will make you feel like a kid again, and the only thing missing is the snow. The breathtaking performances by the Rockettes begin at 11 a.m. in Times Square. Radio City’s Santa Claus will be in attendance too coming straight from the North Pole to the Big Apple.

It gets better! We’ll be sharing the Christmas spirit too. The Rockettes will be traveling around NYC on our Gray Line New York red double decker bus! Fans will be able to see them as they stop by several locations including Radio City Music Hall, Bryant Park, Madison Square Park, the Beacon Theatre, Union Square, and Park Slope.

So bring the family, and enjoy the holiday season in the summer heat! But remember to tell the kids to save the wish list until December!

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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

Memorial Day 2013 in NYC

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As the weather gets nicer and nicer every day, I can’t help but think that summer is coming. I know, we’ve barely gotten any spring yet, but the unofficial start to the summer is just over one month away, and there’s no happier time of the year than Memorial Day Weekend.

Memorial Day in NYC is an interesting holiday. Usually, people will use any holiday as an excuse to come into the city, but Memorial Day works in the opposite direction. Memorial Day weekend is the biggest weekend for New Yorkers to leave the urban jungle that we call home and head out to Long Island, Coney Island and the Jersey Shore. New York City empties out and everyone heads to the beach because boy, has it been a long time since we’ve laid out on the beach.

Because Memorial Day Weekend features the emptying on New York City, it actually serves as one of the few holidays in which you won’t have to fight the overwhelming crowds on the streets- if you do it right.

Last year we wrote a few tips for avoiding the crowds Memorial Day Weekend, a post worth checking out. Essentially, you need to take advantage of the fact that everyone is going to be more focused on the beach than the City. Midtown will be crowded because, even though there is not going to be a fleet week this year L, we still expect some unofficial honoring of our troops around that time.

We recommend heading up to the Cloisters, or maybe The High Line- something that will take advantage of the beautiful weather and the lack of people in NYC. If you’re trying to stay away from crowds, you should probably pass on the Intrepid. Don’t get us wrong, we love the Intrepid and recommend visiting, but Memorial Day Weekend probably isn’t the best 3 days of the year to do so.

What are your plans this Memorial Day Weekend? Are you heading down the shore? What will you be doing in NYC? Share with us in the comments.

Photo Credit: Flickr / David Berkowitz