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Gray Line NY Sightseeing, Downtown Loop, a Great Way to See New York!
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Gray Line NY Downtown Loop
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Times Square to Lower Manhattan and Back
Gray Line Visitors Center
777 Eighth Avenue (btw. 47th and 48th Streets)
New York, NY
1.800.669.0051

by Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
July 28, 2007
Originally Published on ExploreDance.com

On a sunny Saturday morning, end of July, I had the pleasure of traveling, non-stop (visitors could hop on and off at numerous points, but I chose to follow one tour guide), two and ½ hours, on a Gray Line NY Sightseeing Downtown Loop, traveling downtown from Times Square, via the West Side, and returning back to Times Square, via the East Side. This tour map is brilliant, as it encompasses all the highlights of Manhattan, from about 50th Street and down, to the Statue of Liberty Ferry. Even though it was warm, there's a cool breeze blowing, on the upper level of the smooth ride of this shiny, double-decker red bus, and our tour guide, Noah, was exceptionally astute. He was a true New Yorker, lots of information, flawless delivery, and oh, so subtly witty. He offered historical insights, such as Soho means "south of Houston Street", Noho means "north of Houston Street", Dumbo means "down under the Manhattan Bride overpass", and Nolita means "north of Little Italy", plus much more.

The visitors on this Gray Line NY Downtown Loop were from all over the US and around the globe. One gentleman next to me toured with his family and friends from Madrid. I gave him some additional insights into Village Jazz and Dance Clubs, as we drove downtown, passing SOB's, Sweet Rhythm, Village Vanguard, and Blue Note. The Manhattan neighborhood themes of this truly professional tour included Times Square, Macy's, Madison Square Garden, Flatiron, Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Soho, Little Italy, Chinatown, Ground Zero, Wall Street, Battery Park (Ferries), South Street Seaport, Lower East Side, East Village, United Nations, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, and back to Times Square.

Noah took time to ask for questions, although the visitors seemed quite content with his detailed and friendly presentation. He also took time for visitors to disembark and embark, as the Gray Line NY bus stopped at numerous locations, so that the tourists could explore the various neighborhoods and historical venues. Noah even pointed out the renowned St. Paul's Chapel and Trinity Church in the Wall Street venue, with special details of their significance, such as St. Paul's 200 year-old churchyard. We saw cobble-stoned streets in Soho and South Street, and we saw breathtaking greenery and horse-drawn carriages at Central Park South. What seemed most obvious was that Gray Line NY tours could enhance the weekend of even the most veteran of New Yorkers, not just the tourists. What a great way to get around the City, with a bird's eye view for fine photography, and the opportunity to hop on and off the open double-decker buses, tour and dine in Soho or Chinatown, drive further, take a sailboat ride or cruise on the River, and then even stop at the Waldorf for tea. Gray Line NY Downtown Loop buses are so much more fun than a yellow cab, and one ticket allows you 24 hours of travel, at your whim or convenience.

Call 800.669.0051 or visit www.NewYorkSightseeing.com and reserve your tickets for this fascinating and relaxing tour. Tell them you saw them on ExploreDance.com.

Gray Line NY Visitor Center

Photo courtesy of Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower


Noah Leads the Tour

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Memory Tiles in Greenwich Village

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Cobblestone Street in Soho

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New York's Bravest

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J&R Music World

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Bowling Green Park

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South Street Seaport

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Driving through Chinatown

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The Helmsley Building

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The SONY Building

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The Plaza under Reconstruction

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Passing a Gray Line NY Tour Bus

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The Wellington Hotel

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Full Circle, Back to Times Square

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Gray Line NY Visitor Center

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For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net