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5 Can’t Miss Events This Week in NYC

Children’s Jazz, Giglio di Sant’ Antonio and Luke Bryan highlight this week’s main events in NYC:

Take the kids to an ‘All Jazzed Up’ performance at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan Wednesday, August 6

Photo: cmom.org

Photo: cmom.org

 

Kick off the Giglio di Sant’ Antonio Feast in East Harlem to celebrate traditional Italian culture, food and religion Thursday, August 7 – 10

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See Luke Bryan during the Good Morning America ‘Fun in the Sun’ summer concert series at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park  Friday, August 8

Photo: UsMagazine

Photo: UsMagazine

Enjoy martial arts demonstrations, Chinese crafts and more during the Hong Kong Dragon Boat festival in Flushing Queens Saturday, August 9-10

Photo: NY Daily News

Photo: NY Daily News

Go Green at the EcoFest in Times Square and learn about energy efficiency and sustainability Sunday, August 10

Photo: EcoFest.org

Photo: EcoFest.org

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What’s the deal with the orange fence things in Times Square?

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Pose for a picture inside the orange fences in Times Square

If you’ve walked through Times Square this week, you may have noticed an installation of orange framed cutouts in seemingly inexplicable places around 43rd street. The cutouts appear to be in the shape of human beings taking different poses, making it perfect for the thousands of passersby to hop right in the middle of it all for an unusual photo of which they will fondly look back upon while reminiscing about that trip to Manhattan. All in all, it’s pretty cool.

But what’s the deal? What are these odd orange things and why are they smack-dab in the middle of Times Square? What does it all mean?

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The orange framed cutouts are shaped like human silhouettes

As it turns out, these orange fence things are an exhibition called Nearness by Arles del Rio, hosted by Times Square Arts. Per the Times Square official website:

These panels invite participants to get close and even step through, representing metaphorically the social, political, cultural and personal barriers, among others, that may keep us away from one another.

And so there you have it. Next time you’re at a party and someone remarks “Hey, how about those weird orange fence things in Times Square,” you’ll be quick to respond “Yeah, they’re a metaphor about the social and political barriers that exist in the world today. Nuts, right?” Get ready to impress all of your friends.

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Nearness exhibition location and times:

July 8-19, 2014
Broadway plaza between 43rd & 44th Streets


July 20 – August 1, 2014
Broadway plaza between 42nd & 43rd Streets

August 2 – 9, 2014
Broadway plaza between 43rd & 44th Streets

August 10 – 18, 2014
Duffy Square at Broadway & 46th Street 

New Year’s Eve in New York City

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It is never more true that New York City is the center of the universe than on New Year’s Eve. Everyone around the world is tuned in to Times Square for the ball drop and ringing in of the new year. This year, NYC once again takes charge of the celebration with an endless string parties. Let’s take a look at what we have in store:

New York City New Year’s Eve Parties 2014

New York Party Cruise

Ring in the new year unlike any other, from the water on the Hudson River. Watch the fireworks as the clock strikes midnight and of course, enjoy the open bar!

New Year’s Eve Nightclub Parties in NYC

All of the top clubs in NYC will be throwing some special parties to celebrate the passing of 2013 and entering of 2014. These typically include 3-6 hour open bars, live DJs, tons of dancing and tons of fun!

New Year’s Eve Concerts in NYC

New Year’s Eve is known for having some of the best shows, and this year is no different. Check out everyone from Billy Joel at Barclays Center to Delta Spirit at Brooklyn Bowl.

Times Square 2014 Ball Drop

Last but not least, don’t be afraid to brave the cold and be the focal point of the night. Everyone around the world watches the ball drop in Times Square on TV, why not see it in person? It’s free, it’s fun, just get there early.

So what are you doing for NYE 2014? Tweet us @graylinenewyork!

Important Information About Super Bowl XLVIII in NYC

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Will there be another Super Bowl Parade in NYC in 2014?

The NFL Season may have just started, but we’re already getting excited about its conclusion. At the end of this season, for the first time ever, the Super Bowl will be played at MetLife Stadium, home to the New York Giants and New York Jets. This will be the first Super Bowl in the history of the NFL that will be played in an outdoor stadium in the northern United States, meaning that for the first time ever, frigid weather may play a huge factor in the game. It’s going to be an historic day, and right here we are going to provide you with all of the latest, most up to date info about the event. So bookmark this page and check back regularly so you don’t miss out.

When is Super Bowl XLVIII?

The 2014 Super Bowl in NY/NJ will be played on Sunday, February 2, 2014.

Where is the 2014 Super Bowl being played?

The Super Bowl will be played at MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Jets and New York Giants, in East Rutherford, NJ.

What is Super Bowl Boulevard?

In the week leading up to the big game, the stretch of Broadway between 34th and 44th streets will be closed down for a free, outdoor, interactive football themed experience for fans. Super Bowl Boulevard will be open to the public from January 29-February 1, between noon and 11 p.m. daily.

What can I do at Super Bowl Boulevard?

  • Toboggan Run: Ride down a winter themed slide that stretches from 40th to 41st streets
  • The Numerals: Take a picture with the oversized XLVIII Roman Numerals which will be on 42nd street
  • The Lombardi Trophy: Each of the four days, the holy grail of football, the Vince Lombardi Trophy, will come to Super Bowl Boulevard for fans to see and take pictures
  • Autograph Sessions: Between 39th and 40th streets you will find current and former NFL players signing autographs from noon until 6 p.m.
  • Concert Stage: In the same spot beginning at 8 p.m., stop by to see nightly concerts on the Super Bowl Boulevard Concert Stage
  • Macy’s Video Show: NFL Films will be projecting 10-minute video shows on the façade of Macy’s at Herald Square
  • More activities are expected to be announced in the months and weeks leading up to the big game

What’s the weather going to be like during Super Bowl Week?

It’s tough to tell at this point in time, but if you put stock in the Farmer’s Almanac, a giant snow storm will hit NYC between Feb. 1 and Feb. 3, so there’s that…

Remember, bookmark this page and check back soon so you can stay updated on all of the happenings of Super Bowl XLVIII in NYC!

 

Come See These New Shows on Broadway

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With contemporary hits like The Book of Mormon and long-running staples like The Phantom of the Opera, it feels like Broadway is as exciting now as it ever was. But that doesn’t mean you should limit yourself to the “veteran” shows on your next trip to New York City . Instead, why not check out these brand new shows on the Great White Way?

ROMEO AND JULIET

Most people are familiar with Romeo and Juliet, but chances are, you’ve never seen a production quite like this, which stars Orlando Bloom (Lord of the Rings). According to its producers, “In this new production, the members of the Montague household will be white, and the blood relatives of the Capulet family will be black. While race defines the family roots, the original cause of the ‘ancient quarrel’, passed down by successive generations to their young, has been lost to time. Shakespeare’s original dramatization of the play sets the two young lovers in a context of prejudice, authoritarian parents, and a never ending cycle of ‘revenge.’ Against this background, the strength of their love changes the world.” the play is set to open on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre

ROCKY

Based on the Oscar-winning 1976 film, Broadway will be “knocked out” by the new adaptation arriving from its run in Germany and will open in New York on February 11, 2014 at the Winter Garden Theater. This unique musical will be composed by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Thomas Meehan who wrote the book collaborated. Fans of the movie can rest assured that they will get a piece of the Academy Award winning film, as Sylvester Stallone will help produce the stage production.

BIG FISH

Based the novel by Daniel Wallace and the 2003 Colombia Pictures film starting Ewan McGregor, this fantastic and whimsical new musical centers around a young man whose father is dying. He tries to learn more about his dad by piecing together the stories he has been told over the years. The show will be directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman (who also did hits such as Contact, Crazy for You, and The Producers), with music and lyrics by Tony nominee Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, The Addams Family). Opening night will take place October 6th, 2013 at the Neil Simon Theatre.
With all the great shows new and old, what are you planning to see this fall?

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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!

5 ways to have fun while exercising in New York City

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Summer is here and those workouts at the gym are becoming a little boring. The best way to get that summer body this year is staying fit without even realizing you’re exercising!  New York City has the greatest places to exercise while exploring the arts and cultures and still being able to have fun! Feel good about yourself and choose from our not-so typical ways to exercise in New York City.

Yoga

Whether you’re a coach potato or an athlete, yoga is for everyone! For a more peaceful setting check out Sonic Yoga near Midtown West or New York Yoga on Upper East Side. After work get some mental clarity and relax your mind.

Belly Dancing

Did you know that belly dancing can allow you burn up to 300 calories per hour? Take some belly dancing classes for some toned muscles, improved posture, and even stress reduction! You can either go to Groove Fit on 116st street in Harlem or RISE Dance Company on Murray Hill.

Zumba

Take some Zumba classes at Z Club NY in Midtown East or try Manhattan Motion Dance Studio in Upper West Side. If you like Latin-inspired dancing this is a great workout for you and might even push you to move faster than you ever moved before!

African Dance Classes

Dance to live drums and release some stress while taking some African dance classes. It’s great for weight loss for both women and men. Take some classes at Dance New Amsterdam in Tribeca or Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance in Brooklyn.

Martial Arts

Believe it or not marital arts classes are another good choice to build strength and flexibility. Get some endurance at Bryant Park and do Tai Chi for free. Oh and let’s not forget martial arts is great for gaining more confidence!

What are some other ways you prefer exercising while having fun?

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