St. Patrick’s Day Parade

5 CAN’T MISS EVENTS THIS WEEK IN NYC

This week the Irish take over New York with for St Patrick’s Day, Billy Joel playing in concerts and for all ye tea and coffee lovers there is a festival specifically for you this week.

St. Patrick Day Parade this Monday the 17th. The Parade can be viewed on 5th Avenue between 44th Street and 79th Street 

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Coffee and Tea Festival on this Saturday and Sunday 22nd to the 23rd.  

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Image via the Coffee and Tea festival

Billy Joel this Friday the 21th, in Madison Square Garden 

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GLBT Expos on the 22nd and 23rd, at THE JAVITS CENTER. 

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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL AMALUNA is performing this Thursday the 20th in Citi Field FLUSHING 

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Image via Cirque Du Solsil

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2014 NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade Route, Time, and More Questions Answered

On the morning of Monday, March 17 at 11:00 a.m., one of NYC favorite traditions is back for another round of pomp and circumstance. The NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade is back to take over 5th avenue in a sea of green!

Every year, we get lots of questions about St. Patrick’s Day, and the parade itself, so let us get to the answers:

When is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC?

The 2014 NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 17. It’s the nation’s oldest Irish tradition, first being held on St. Patrick’s Day over 250 years ago.

Where in NYC is the parade?

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade runs up 5th avenue, against the normal flow of traffic. The parade begins on 44th Street and travels north to 79th Street.

Who marches in the parade?

The St. Patrick’s Day parade consists of mostly Irish American groups from NYC and local areas. This includes many bands, public officials, and more. Unlike other popular NYC parades, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade does not have any floats or balloons. This year, the Mayor has said that he will not march.

Who is this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal?

John (Jack) T. Ahern, the Business Manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 30.

Where’s the best place to stand along the parade route?

This a tough question, but I have a few recommendations for you

  • 67th Street, West Side: There’s extra room once you get to Central Park, and at 67th street there’s an entrance to the park so at the parades conclusion you can quickly cut through to your exit
  • The Pulitzer Fountain, 58th Street: Again, there’s lots of room here and different levels of elevation the further off the street you find yourself.
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art: The steps of the Met are probably the best place to catch the parade. It’s almost like stadium seating for the conclusion of the event.

Just remember wherever you stand, get there early if you want to be on the street.

Any other advice for St. Patrick’s Day rookies?

Yes. Have fun, but be responsible. The Guinness will surely be flowing from the taps like the River Liffey, so remember to pace yourself and don’t do anything stupid.

Are you coming to NYC for St. Patrick’s Day? Tell us about it on Twitter at @GrayLineNewYork 

110 Things to Know if You’re Visiting NYC This Winter

800px-Central_Park_winter_NYC1It may not be winter yet, but it’s officially the holiday season. A few month back we brought you 108 things to know if you were visiting NYC this fall, and you loved it. So its only appropriate we outdo ourselves once again this winter. Some things still hold true, like staying out of empty subway cars, but all in all it’s updated to reflect the next few months. So brace yourselves because after this list you’ll definitely be ready to visit NYC.

Sports

  1. Head over to MSG for the Big East Tournament from March 12 – 16
  2. Catch the A10 Tournament at the Barclays Center from March 12 – 16
  3. The Super Bowl will be held at MetLife Stadium on February 2
  4. Super Bowl Boulevard will be held on Broadway between 34th and 44th Streets and will be free to the public from January 29-February 1
  5. Yankee Stadium will play home to a pair of outdoor hockey games with the Rangers, Devils, and Islanders

Arts

  1. The Intrepid is a museum on an aircraft carrier, which is awesome
  2. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre has some amazing shows with cheap prices, too.
  3. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is known for its unique building and is also a landmark of NYC
  4. If you love spoken word you will have a good time at any poetry cafes in Manhattan
  5. Harlem has some historic libraries, great dance schools, and art too.
  6. Many Museums, including the American Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, have a suggested donation to enter, but you don’t have to pay anything at all. If you can afford to, you should pay the requested amount so that these museums will continue to be some of the best in the world.
  7. Visit Radio City Music Hall this winter to see the famous Radio City Christmas Spectacular
  8. MoMa also has five new exhibitions planned for this winter such as Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New on December 21
  9. The Guggenheim has two new exhibitions launching this winter, including CARRIE MAE WEEMS: THREE DECADES OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO on January 24
  10. Brooklyn Museum will have one new exhibition for the winter called Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties on March 7
  11. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has four new exhibitions launching this winter, including Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary Chinaon on December 11
  12. The Met is also now open seven days a week
  13. There are like, a bazillion museums in NYC, not just the couple we named. You should check out as many as you can while in the city.
  14. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has a lineup of amazing concerts, plays, and films throughout the winter
  15. Visit Queens to see the Louis Armstrong House Museum which feature rare at home recordings of the jazz legend
  16. It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play will be making its debut December 6th at the Clarence Brown Theater
  17. The Whitney Museum of Natural Art will be adding 2 new exhibitions this winter including Edward Steichen in the 1920s and 1930s: A Recent Acquisition
  18. Check out the Chinatown’s Lunar New Year Parade festival celebration on February 2
  19. Westminster Kennel Club 138 Annual Dog Show premiers on February 10
  20. Head over to the Javits Convention Center to see the New York Progressive International Motorcycle Show on December 16
  21. Join in the celebration of winter sports in the Winter Jam NYC being held in the heart of central park on January 25
  22. The New York Jewish Film Festival is January 8 – 23
  23. The Armory Show and Armory Arts week will be held on March 5 – 10
  24. Head to the Joyce Theater shows like Focus Dance
  25. The Theater at St. Clement’s will be showing the classic A Christmas Carol on January 4

Music

  1. Greenwich Village is known for having great live music
  2. Madison Square Garden begins this winter with some big time headliners, including Billy Joel and Justin Timberlake
  3. Barclays Center, The Garden’s Brooklyn counterpart, hosts some of the biggest names in Music this winter, including Pink, John Mayer, Beyoncé and Pitbull
  4. The Beacan Theater will have a wide variety of holiday shows and act like Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays,
  5. New York Guitar Festival is January 10-29 at Brookfield Place Winter Garden, SubCulture, Merkin Concert Hall
  6. NYC Winter Jazzfest is January 7 – 11
  7. GlobalFest is January 12 at Webster Hall
  8. Z100’s Jingle Ball 2013 is December 13 at MSG

The Holidays

  1. The Holiday Season is bigger in NYC than in other places. We really get into it.
  2. The Tree Lighting remains lit every day from 5:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m., except Christmas and New Year’s Eve which have special hours. The Tree will remain lit until January 7, 2014
  3. Come see the world’s largest Hanukkah Menorah at Grand Army Plaza
  4. Time Square is the place to be on New Year’s Eve to watch their famous ball drop
  5. Celebrate the holidays at the world famous Apollo Theater for their Holidays at the Apollo shows running all through December
  6. Don’t Miss American Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker premiering on December 13
  7. Rockefeller Center has one of the world’s most famous ice rinks, right beneath the tree
  8. Kick off your New Years by participating in the New York Road Runners Midnight Run at 72nd Street Transverse near Cherry Hill
  9. Celebrate Valentine’s Day in New York with a nice romantic Carriage Ride in Central Park
  10. Celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Fifth Avenue

Food

  1. Four star restaurants have long waiting lists. Make your reservations now.
  2. There are about 42 million fast food restaurants in NYC, but you shouldn’t go to any of them. At any given moment you will be within a 5 minute walk of low priced, better tasting burgers/chicken/tacos.
  3. Our dollar slices probably taste better than what you’re used to, but if you want really good pizza, the extra money is worth it.
  4. Don’t be afraid to try the pretzels at the hot dog stands
  5. Food trucks are awesome, try them!

Transportation

  1. The subway costs just $2.50 per ride, and can get just about anywhere in the city.
  2. Save your metro card because it’s a $1 additional fee for a new one
  3. If you’re staying for a week, you should buy a 7-Day Unlimited Pass which is good for unlimited subway and local bus rides for $30.
  4. The subway runs 24 hours a day and 7 days a week
  5. When waiting for the train, stand behind the yellow platform edge strip.
  6. Don’t try to hold the door on the subway. People will hate you.
  7. Don’t block the doorway on the subway. People will hate you.
  8. Let people off the train before getting on.
  9. If all of the subway cars are crowded except for one, which is empty, get on the crowded car.
  10. You read that right, don’t get on the empty car. There’s a reason it’s empty.
  11. Be aware of your surroundings
  12. Trains usually run local or express, so if you are unsure you may want to ask a person or choose a local train
  13. Make sure you know exactly where you’re going before you swipe your card, you can’t get a refund using the subway.
  14. It can become very crowded on the trains. You will be surprised of the capacity.
  15. Taxis tend to go out of service around the afternoon rush. Plan accordingly.
  16. When catching a taxi you should get one in the direction you are going, it will save time and money
  17. The Staten Island Ferry is free

Shopping

  1. 5th Avenue has top of the line products, and prices to match
  2. SoHo has less expensive clothing stores and trendy boutiques
  3. Chinatown has incredibly cheap prices, and products to match
  4. Union Square is one of the most popular places to shop.
  5. Greenwich Village is filled with designer labels.
  6. Herald Square has almost every chain store
  7. Macy’s on 34th Street is the world’s largest department store and a registered NYC landmark.

Parks

  1. Central Park is the largest park in Manhattan, but the 5th largest in NYC.
  2. Brooklyn Bridge Park has an incredible view of the Manhattan Skyline.
  3. Riverbank State Park is a great park too including a gym, and kids facilities
  4. The High Line is an old elevated railway converted into a park
  5. Battery Park has a beautiful waterfront, and is where you pick up the ferry to the Statue of Liberty
  6. All of NYC’s parks are free to enter
  7. Bryant Park has a reading room, ping pong, games, carousel, free ice skating and chess.
  8. Central Park has a pair of ice rinks, one at 59th, the other at 106th.
  9. Here’s a list of parks with free Wi-Fi
  10. Washington Square Park has never a dull moment with constant entertainment to enjoy like break dancers and artists.

Pro-Tips

  1. Even numbered streets run east
  2. 5th Avenue is considered the center of the city. Any address like E. 42nd street is east of 5th, and address like W. 42nd street is west of 5th
  3. 6th Avenue also goes by Avenue of the Americas because of the statues on Central Park South where it meets 6th
  4. The numbers on the lights in Central Park refer to the closest cross street
  5. When hailing a taxi…
  6. Download a city/subway map to your phone. One less awkward thing to carry, and you don’t have the “tourist” look every time you need directions
  7. It’s safe to get lost on the street in Manhattan, it’s fun in any neighborhood and you get a chance to explore parts that a tour guide wouldn’t typically show you.
  8. If you happen to see a person having trouble standing because of age or an infant, the subway etiquette is to give up your seat.
  9. Be prepared to do the most walking you ever done in your life. Wear comfortable shoes.

Miscellaneous Tips and Facts worth knowing

  1. Don’t forget to take pictures of things. NYC is a beautiful city and worth sharing with your friends back home.
  2. When you take these pictures, if you abruptly stop walking in the middle of the sidewalk, people like you a little less. Don’t do that.
  3. Try not to text while walking.
  4. Think of walking like driving: If you’re going to walk slowly, stay to the right. If you want to walk fast you can “pass” on the left. The same rule applies for standing on escalators.
  5. Always carry some cash. You won’t need it everywhere, but you will need it more than where you’re from (probably)
  6. Tipping for quality service is a nice thing to do, and being nice is totally awesome
  7. Remember New York City can be very expensive, so spend wisely so you can be able to see a lot of what New York has to offer
  8. New York City is divided into five boroughs-Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, and Staten Island
  9. Streets run east/west, avenues run north/south (in Manhattan)
  10. SoHo is south of Houston (pronounced HOUSE-ton) Street
  11. TriBeCa is the Triangle Below Canal Street
  12. If you ever need help with something, just ask someone. Contrary to popular belief, New Yorkers tend to be very nice
  13. Don’t worry about the cat in the bodega, it’s there for your benefit
  14. Be prepared to see anything on the streets on NYC.

St. Patrick’s Day in NYC

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It may be hard to believe, but St. Patrick’s Day is just two months away. We’re two months from the bagpipers walking up 5th avenue, two months from seeing green on every street corner, and just two months from Irishmen across the city enjoying pints of Guinness at their local pub. What a wonderful time of year.

The highlight of St. Patrick’s Day in New York City is the parade, and the 2013 St. Patrick’s Day parade is sure to thrill all. The best part is, the route is the same as last year and the year before that. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin on 44th Street and 5th Avenue in Midtown and travel straight uptown past St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art to 86th street. That’s it. No twists or turns, just the simplest parade route of any NYC holiday.

2013 St. Patrick's Day Parade Route, nyc

2013 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Route
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Check back to our blog regularly over the next two months as we will cover all of your St. Patrick’s day needs in NYC including:

  • Best transportation into and out of NYC on St. Patrick’s Day
  • Best St. Patrick’s Day activities for families in NYC
  • Best Irish pubs for St. Patrick’s Day in NYC
  • Best place to watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC
  • Much more!

Because everyone’s Irish on March 17th.

Photo credit: Flickr / specialoperations

Things to do in NYC St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Walk the Brooklyn Bridge this St. Patrick's Day

Are you coming to New York City this weekend to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? If so, you don’t want miss out on some awesome experiences that this City has. Yeah, you know about the parade, but what else are you planning? Here, we’ve compiled a list of a few of the best things to do during St. Patrick’s Weekend so you won’t miss a thing:

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Go to a service or just visit for the architecture.  One of the most beautiful Catholic Churches in the world, St. Patrick’s Cathedral has plenty to offer.

McSorley’s Old Ale House

McSorley’s in the East Village boasts being New York’s oldest continually operating saloon. A classic pub, there is no place better to grab that Pint of Guinness that you’ve been craving

Brooklyn Bridge

Take a stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge, the landmark built by many Irish American immigrants.

Top of the Rock

Have you ever wondered what NYC is like on St. Patrick’s Weekend?  Well go to the Top of the Rock and you can see the whole thing! With arguably the best view in Manhattan, it’s tough to find a reason not to go!

Irish Arts Center

On Sunday, March 18th, the Irish Arts Center will be holding a free celebration.  From 12-5 p.m., all are invited to enjoy music, dance, culture and many performances.

2012 St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Of course we cannot leave this out.  You have to go to the parade, even if just for a short while.  It’s one of New York’s greatest traditions, so don’t miss out.