radio city music hall

5 Can’t Miss Events This Week In NYC

This week in NYC, the NFL Draft, Contemporary Art, and Jazz in Harlem highlight our activities list!

The Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival at the Apollo Theater, Sunday May 4-10

Harlem Jazz

photo via Shahar Azran

The 21st New York African Film Festival begins, Wednesday, May 7-26

New York African Film

Photo via

The NFL Draft comes back to Radio City Music Hall, Thursday, May 8-10

NFL Draft

photo via

Bronx Week kicks off, Thursday, May 8-18


Photo via Bronx Tourism Council


The Frieze Contemporary Art Fair take over Randall’s Island, Friday, May 9-12

Frieze Art

Photo via Facebook / Frieze New York


New Rockettes Musical Coming to Radio City Music Hall


Radio City Music Hall is getting ready to debut a new show in March called “Heart and Lights”. This brand new musical will be starring the Rockettes and will be an ode to the beloved city of New York. This 90 minute new spectacular will bring to life the passion New Yorkers have for their city as you follow two cousins on their journey through uptown and downtown to discover the secrets and of their grandmothers past as well as the city’s past too.

A special presale for this show will be available today until October 10 at midnight. Use the code HPSTRANSIT for special access to great seats before tickets go on sale to the general public!

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


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!

Review: Radio City Stage Door Tour

radio city, nyc, new york city

Every Week, Gray Line New York will be highlighting a “Partner of the Week” on our blog. We are going to provide a review for a new partner’s product and share our own insights and experiences. This week, our Partner of the Week is the Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour

I wasn’t sure what to expect during the Radio City Stage Door Tour, but needless to say I was excited. I arrived at 50th and 6th Avenue, quickly went through security and the tour began right on time. I was satisfied with the organization of the check-in and security process because everyone was extremely nice and enthusiastic to get our group into the tour on time so there was virtually no waiting around.

radio city stairs

Radio City Music Hall Main Lobby

This tour was a guided tour from start to finish with a small group of people. The tour guide first directed us into the Main Lobby of Radio City Music Hall. Here we learned all about the interior design of the lobby, how it came about and how it got its shape, color and design. From there, we walked down the stairs into the Grand Lounge. As you can see in the pictures below, the Grand Lounge has a darker feel to it with dim lighting. I thought that it was interesting to learn that in the 1930’s and 40’s, people use to come off of the subway, directly into this lounge. The darker colors and dim lighting were used to quiet down the guests, as opposed to the red and orange colors of the inviting Main Lobby.

We took an elevator to the Upper Level Seating and sat in the back rows of the theater to take it all in as a whole. From this seat, I was able to cherish the vast, unique beauty of the theater. One feature that caught my attention that the tour guide discussed here was the acoustics designed in the theater. He explained that there was not one bad seat in the house. In addition to no columns, the walls and ceiling are designed to clearly send sound from the stage all the way to the back row. From where we were sitting, we could clearly hear the workers on stage moving around.

radio city costume room

Costume Room

After this, we were finally taken back stage to see things from behind the scenes. We were taken into the Roxy Suite, a VIP room where the performers and musicians hang out in before they perform. It felt cool and exciting to be in the same room that countless famous people have been. Also, with its colors and furniture, this room was one of my favorite features of the tour.

Down the hall from this suite was a screening room where I was given a chance to sit in original seating from the theater from 1932, and watched a short film on the history of Radio City Music Hall. A majority of the film focused on the formation of the world famous Rockettes. Right after, we were surprised with the opportunity to meet and talk to an actual Rockette.

Radio City music hall,  Roxie Room

The Roxie room

We continued our journey through hallways and stairs and came across the costume room that displayed clothes from Rockettes and other performers. It was cool to see where the costumes and clothes are made and designed, each in their own individual way. There was also a hallway near here that displayed a long timeline with information and pictures of the Rockettes and Radio City that went from 1927 leading up to today. The evolution was amazing to see laid out like that. But more importantly what I thought was fascinating was seeing how some of its history has not changed at all.

There is so much history and uniqueness in Radio City, which I never would have known before my visit. My fascination and wonder behind this theater only increased as the tour continued. I can definitely say I left there with more information than I thought possible. I have been to shows at Radio City in the past, but the Stage Door Tour offers a completely different experience.

Pro Tips:

  • This tour is completely guided and lasts about an hour long
  • Photos are welcome, so be sure to bring your cameras!
  • This tour is especially good for music and theater fans because of the history
  • There will be some minor stair climbing, but elevators will always be available
  • You get a special opportunity to meet a real life Rockette. You might get a little starstruck, so think of some things you want to ask her before you begin taking the tour

To pre-purchase tickets for the Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour, visit our website now: Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour Tickets

Review and photos by Megan Ryan

2013 NFL Draft in NYC

A sailor announces a pick at the 2012 NFL Draft

A sailor announces a pick at the 2012 NFL Draft

It’s that time of year again, when the best college football players from around the nation diverge upon New York City to find out where they will begin their professional careers next fall. Who will Kansas City take with this year’s first overall pick? Find out this Thursday at Radio City Music Hall.

Have you ever gone to see the draft in person? It’s a wonderful experience and best of all, it’s free- but getting tickets can be difficult because they are distributed on a first come, first served basis. Here’s how to get tickets to the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft:

  • Wristbands will be distributed on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. for entrance to the first round which takes place on Thursday night.
  • You must be present to get your wristband. No picking one up for your buddy who couldn’t get out of work in time. You have to be there
  • On Draft Day, doors will open at 6:40 p.m. when tickets will be distributed to those fans with a wristband.
  • You can begin lining up at 6 p.m. to try to get the best seats. (Note: officially, you are only allowed to line up as early as 6 p.m., however fans have been known to arrive as early as 8 a.m.)
  • Enter Radio City Music Hall and watch as Commissioner Roger Goodell announces the unofficial beginning to the 2013 NFL season.

Are you going to the draft this year? How early do you plan on getting there? Tell us your story by sending an email to

Don’t forget to join us on Twitter for this week’s #GLNYchat, where we will discuss all things NFL & NYC.

Photo Credit: Flickr / Official U.S. Navy Imagery

Ride of Fame: Wheel of Fortune!

Henrik Lundqvist at his Ride of Fame, September 2010

Gray Line New York is proud to announce that on Wednesday, May 23rd, Wheel of Fortune will be inducted onto the Ride of Fame!  The hit game show annually makes a trips to film at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall, including the 4,000th episode and the 25th anniversary show.  The induction ceremony will be held  in Central Park next Wednesday.  Check back to the blog where we’ll be updating you with the latest news about the event.

This Weekend in NYC

Well, another week has passed us by and another weekend is set to begin.  Let’s take a look at what NYC has on the agenda:

NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall

Most people would argue that the first pick in the draft is the one that you want to have, but I’m a firm believer that there is nothing better than the 32nd spot.  Yeah, other teams may get better players, but they won’t get to hear Commissioner Roger Goodell say this:

“With the 32nd pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants select…”

The Colts will get Andrew Luck, but the Giants are still the champs!

The line at Radio City last night
image via @sohodutch

If you want to get ticket to watch the first round of the draft live from Radio City, you’re too late.  Sorry.  The line started forming last night for tonight’s event, and at this point there is no doubt that tickets are all gone.  But, you can still get in line tonight for tickets to Day 2 of the draft on Friday.  Head over to the Radio City Music Hall website for more details.

To get to Radio City Music Hall, hop off the Downtown Loop tour at Rockefeller Center

Tribeca’s Final Weekend

In last week’s TWiN, we mentioned that it was Tribeca Film Fest’s opening weekend.  Well, this week we’re talking about it again since it’s closing weekend.  On Sunday, The festival will close with The Avengers staring quite the cast.  If you’re a normal person like me, you won’t be able to get tickets to that event, but that doesn’t mean you’re completely out of luck.  Remember my story from earlier this week?  You never know what will happen in this crazy city.  So look at the schedule since this is your last few days to catch a screening until next year.

There are screenings all around lower Manhattan, so don’t just hop-off the bus when you hit TriBeCa.  Check out their theater map and compare the theater that you want to go to with our hop-on hop-off map so you don’t get caught walking across half the city.

Go to a Market!

Ok, this sounds a little demanding, but really, you should check out a market this weekend.  The weather is getting nice and the weekend markets are hitting full stride again.  This past Saturday I accidently stumbled upon a market and had a blast.  Great, homemade food for a fraction of the regular NYC price?  You can’t go wrong with that combo.

Like Tribeca, there are markets all around Manhattan.  Check out this handy NYC Market website and compare it with our hop-on hop-off map.

So, that’s what the weekend looks like.  One more day of work tomorrow and you’re home free!