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, we are diving into one of our own products, the brand new Bronx Loop.
I was excited to go on the Gray Line New York Bronx Loop not only because it is new, but because it also included the Uptown Loop, which I have yet to experience- Not to mention I am a huge Yankee fan and any opportunity to see the stadium is exciting for me.
Before we get to the Bronx Loop, I first got on an Uptown Loop bus and took the first half of that route. Right from Times Square, I hopped on the Uptown bus with dozens of excited tourists. I was just as excited as everyone else and immediately went up the stairs to the top deck of the bus to ensure the best views possible. Even though it was slightly chilly and windy, I have zero regrets about this decision.
Uptown Manhattan is personally one of my favorite areas in the city because of its historical and architecturally great buildings and this tour only enhanced my adoration for the Upper West Side. We were taken around the Upper West Side passing views from Central Park to the Hudson River. I enjoyed learning where famous people lived and seeing great landmarks which I have never gotten the chance to see or learn about such as, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine and the General Grant National Memorial.
Upon arriving to the Harlem Market, it was time for me to hop off the Uptown bus and get on a bus to the Bronx. I had a few minutes to spare which was great because I got to walk through the markets and browse through the unique cultural items featured, from handmade jewelry to purses and scarves. After I was done looking, I hopped on the Bronx Loop bus and took a ride through the Bronx to Yankee Stadium. Prior to the arrival at the stadium, I enjoyed learning about the diverse cultures that subside in the Bronx and the art and history contained in the northern borough.
Once arriving at the Yankee Stadium stop, we had about 20 minutes to explore the surrounding areas, so I hopped off and took several pictures of the new stadium. I noticed their official store was open, so I walked through the store and found dozens of trinkets decked out in Yankee logos. After purchasing a shirt, I made it back to the bus just in time for departure.
In no time, we made it back to the Harlem Markets to transfer back onto the Uptown Loop. The remainder of the Uptown Loop took us back down on 5th Avenue to see the beauty of this side of the city. I was able to see many parts of the Park that I have never gotten the chance to see before. The beauty of the park during this early spring time fascinated me and caught my interest. We also passed The Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which are both incredible museums to see and easily hop off to visit.
Arriving back in Times Square, I got off the bus overwhelmed with images and thoughts about my experiences of Uptown and the Bronx that afternoon. I am sure that the pictures that I took and my review of these tours do not compare to my actual experience. Whether you are visiting New York for the first time, or you have lived here your whole life, the bus tour is an experience that is both extremely informative and eye-opening. I recommend you take a tour for yourself to fully understand what I am talking about.
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Review and photos by Megan Ryan
Every Monday, 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 Metropolitan Museum of Art.
They’re not kidding when they say that The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest museum in the United States. With the largest range of art collections I have ever seen, The Met gave me plenty of opportunities to see different kinds of art work that caught my attention and interest.
One thing that I admired early on in my trip is that The Met is beautiful inside and out. Located on the Upper East Side on the edge of Central Park, the large building comes off as magnificent, no matter the time of year. The buildings architecture, the trees of Central Park, and the surrounding buildings of the Upper East Side allow this to be one of the most pleasant areas in Manhattan.
After I was done obsessing over the architecture outside, I realized I had so much more waiting inside for me. The inside was just as astonishing as the outside. Intimidated by the size and vastness of the lobby, I grabbed a map at the info desk to figure out where I wanted to go and what I wanted to see. I realized there were numerous exhibits and collections to see that looking at the map, The Met seemed like a city in itself. They display Arts of the Americas, Africa, Asia, Oceania, Egyptian, European, Greek, Roman, Medieval, Modern, and Contemporary. I had the chance to explore my current interests, or learn and see art that I was never given the opportunity to before.
I headed to the Greek and Roman Art section first for which displayed countless sculptures, paintings and vases. What I found most remarkable was that many of the pieces were dated back to before the Greek and Roman empires. I saw collections dated all the way back to the mid-third millennium BC, which I didn’t even know such objects existed before my visit to The Met. To have so many collections in one place dating back so far felt like a privilege to experience.
After spending some of my time soaking in Greek and Roman Art, I decided to head upstairs to the musical instruments collection. As I mentioned before, The Met has numerous collections so there really is something to fill every visitor’s interests. One of mine happens to be music, so I took advantage of this collection. After walking through here, I knew that you did not have to be the world’s biggest music fan to appreciate this collection. The beautiful pieces included pianos, guitars, violins, a variety of string instruments and more. The assortments ranged from ancient to modern musical instruments. Containing pieces from all over the world, the detail and beauty in each piece is righteous.
The collection that I knew I could not leave without seeing was the Department of Arms and Armor. One of the coolest figures I saw at The Met was in this section. The armed figures on horseback, located in the center of this gallery, were an awesome display. They were magnificent to look at up-close and far away from the balconies over-looking it. The surrounding décor and artistry in this section were exciting to see since it contained pieces from the late medieval European period and 5th through 19th centuries of the Japanese periods.
As it would be nearly impossible for me to explain or even list all the incredible works of art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, I highly recommend visiting to see for yourself. The collections are countless and I did not come across one part of the museum that was not beautiful. However, I recommend grabbing a map once you get there because you most likely will get lost in this small, indoor city.
To pre-purchase tickets for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and skip the line in the beginning, visit our website now: Tickets to The Met
The second Tuesday in June has come to be known as a special one in New York City because it means than the Museum Mile Festival is here! New Yorkers and visitors of the city alike will descend on the stretch of 5th Avenue above 80th street for an evening of fun and free arts. From 6-9 p.m., all ten participating museums will be opening their doors for free and giving guests access to the most priceless art in the world. The streets will be lined with activities including photo booth, drawing classes for kids, chalk art and of course, a DJ named Stormin Norman!
The Museum Mile Festival, which originally started as an event to raise awareness during the fiscal crisis in the 70’s, has become a hit in Manhattan. Every year, this is one of the best events New York has to offer for families, or even if you’re on your own. The festival kicks off a 5:45 at the National Academy Museum with an opening ceremony of sorts. Our Uptown Loop can drop you off right on Museum Mile and enlighten you with some fast facts, so check it out!
MUSEUM FOR AFRICAN ART
EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO
MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
THE JEWISH MUSEUM
COOPER-HEWITT, NATIONAL DESIGN MUSEUM, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION
NATIONAL ACADEMY MUSEUM AND SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM
NEUE GALERIE NEW YORK
GOETHE-INSTITUT NEW YORK / GERMAN CULTURAL CENTER
THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
New York City is home to some of the most amazing and well-known art collections in the world. For an out-of-towner, these museums can be a little bit intimidating. But have no fear, friends! The Gray Line New York Uptown Loop Tour drives right past Museum Mile in the classy Upper East Side.
If you’re feeling adventurous, hop-off at Stop #33 on the Uptown Loop Tour and walk South to Stop #36.
Along the way you’ll see:
- Smithsonian National Museum of Design/ Jewish Museum
- Guggenheim Museum
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Frick Collection/ Whitney Museum
- Central Park and Fifth Avenue
- And more!
Click here to learn about The Museum Mile Festival on June 14, 2011.
What’s your favorite NYC museum?