Attraction of the Week - When Harry Met Seinfeld Bus Tour

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Tom's Restaurant aka Monk's Cafe from Seinfeld / Photo by Tony Cenicola/The New York Times
People from around the world get to see New York city broadcast on screens at any time that they want. What's more rare is the opportunity to go to the exact same places in the city that your favorite stars have been and get background knowledge of each venue. On Location Tours is offering customers just that with the 'When Harry Met Seinfeld Tour'. The tour will allow visitors to jump into the screen and visit places like the townhouse where the Sheffield's and their Nanny Fran Fine lived, the famous Monk's Cafe from Seinfeld and locations from When Harry Met Sally. Obviously there are some great opportunities for photos on this tour but also some great insight on these historic film and television locations. Beginning in Columbus Circle and making your way through the upper East and West sides, the bus tour will come back down to midtown for its completion. By then you'll have sat in McGee's Pub like the cast of How I Met Your Mother and viewed the Plaza Hotel from Home Alone 2. Visitors can access the 'When Harry Met Seinfeld Tour' on Thursdays and Saturdays at 2PM. Overall, the tour lasts approximately 2 hours. Visit the tour website to make a reservation.

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New York City Bilingual Tours

Visiting New York City is an exciting experience for many tourists from all around the world. Within New York, you have access to tons of tours that can help you get familiar with your surroundings and find the best attractions. However, since the city is such a popular destination, it's only natural that many of the visitors to New York City speak English as a second language. Therefore, we've put together this list of NYC Bilingual Tours that you have access to with the New York Pass. These tours offer guides who speak more than one language and will help you understand the beauty of New York City so that you get the most of of your trip. We advise that you contact these bilingual tours prior to your reserved date to ensure that they are able to provide a guide in your preferred language on that date. NYC Bilingual Tours [caption id="attachment_1446" align="aligncenter" width="690"] Carnegie Hall | NYCAGO[/caption] Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Tour Perhaps the most essential bus tour that you can take of New York City, the Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off tour offers 3 different routes, packed with exciting attractions. In addition to the Live tour guides riding the bus, there are also audio recordings provided for passengers in 10 different languages. Passengers on the Big Bus have the freedom to get off the bus at any of the stops and use their ticket to board the next bus. This is a convenient way to visit attractions along the route and get to know some of New York's most interesting neighborhoods. New York Pass holders receive a 1-day ticket for the Big Bus which is valid within the bus' operating hours and not on a 24 hour basis. Carnegie Hall Tour World renown performance theater Carnegie Hall has hosted shows for the biggest stars since opening in 1891. The likes of Led Zeppelin and The Beatles have taken the stage at the historical hall where so many memories have been created. Experienced tour guides lead groups through Carnegie Hall to receive a backstage view of the performance hall when shows are not being conducted. If you're interested in taking a Spanish tour of Carnegie Hall, you can request one with a group by calling (212) 903-9765. Central Park Sightseeing Bike Tours When you visit New York City, stopping at Central Park is a must. This historic landmark was the first major landscaped park in the United States and has been host to countless blockbuster hits. Taking a bicycle tour through the park is not only an amazing source of exercise, but it's also a great way to explore the many treasures of the park. Central Park Sightseeing Bike Tours offers Spanish Tours at 10 am however, you must call them prior to request a bilingual tour. Their phone number is (212) 975-0785. [caption id="attachment_1442" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Grand Central Terminal | @papakila[/caption] Grand Central Terminal Audio Tour Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal is one of the world's most intriguing train stations known for having many secrets. The terminal is also known around the world for the amazing artistic display across its ceiling. Audio tours of Grand Central Terminal are given daily and provide you with the option of which language you would like to hear while discovering the many secrets of GCT. NYC Gospel Walking Tour Gospel music has deep roots in New York and the Gospel Walking Tour in Brooklyn gets you up to speed on the history of the genre in the city. The tour not only makes stops at iconic religious locations in Brooklyn, but also makes a pit stop at an actual church service where you can experience authentic Gospel music for yourself. The Gospel Walking Tour provides Spanish Tours between the months of March and December at 8 am [caption id="attachment_1440" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Yankee Stadium | @yankees[/caption] Yankee Stadium Tours The New York Yankees Classic Stadium Tour is the best way to get better acquainted with baseball's most iconic team. The tour takes you behind the scenes at Yankee Stadium and fills you in on the best historical gems from the franchise. You will also have access to bilingual tours given out daily at 1 pm. Please note that the classic tours are not given during games so please check the New York Yankees' schedule prior to booking your tour. If you interested in purchasing the New York Pass or finding more tours that are available, with the pass, visit NewYorkPass.com
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9 things to do in Harlem

We love Harlem. It's definitely one of New York's most vibrant neighborhoods. But what makes it so great? We're glad you asked! It’s historically been home to a large percentage of New York’s African-American community, whose heritage and culture are still abundantly celebrated here. It's also home to some of the best music spots in town, plenty of restaurants to feed the soul and a smattering of historical spots that are definitely worth checking out. Wondering where to hit first? Take a look at our top picks for things to do in Harlem. Take a tour of the neighborhood What better way to get acquainted with Harlem than by taking a guided tour? You’ll gain local insight from your guide and learn things you would definitely never have discovered on your own. Harlem Walking Tour’s Cultural Heritage Tour takes in many of Harlem's historic attractions, including legendary jazz clubs, historic mansions and sites from the Revolutionary War. Or, if you’d rather explore on two wheels, Unlimited Biking’s Harlem Highlights Tour will take you on a journey (both figuratively and literally) of Harlem's historical and cultural hotspots, giving you an understanding of how New York’s various economic booms and busts have shaped the neighborhood. And what’s more, both tours can be found on the New York Pass®. Visit a jazz club Although New Orleans has the claim to fame of being the birthplace of jazz, Harlem is certainly where many of the genre’s most famous musicians made a name for themselves. It is also known as the birthplace of bebop – the improvisational musical style known for its chord and key changes. You can see where it all began at Minton’s Playhouse, once a playground for the scene’s biggest acts. Catch a show there whilst enjoying dinner and a drink. Another good option is Bill’s Place, a venue that dates back to Prohibition-era, where you can catch live jazz on Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM and 10PM. If you’re not a jazz aficionado and don’t know where to start when choosing a show (or you are and just want to see another great performance), you can use your New York Pass to attend the Harlem Jazz Series. Every Tuesday afternoon and Friday evening, you’ll be able to watch some of today's most talented jazz musicians. The show is artistically directed by Craig Harris, a trombonist, composer, and longtime Harlem resident who has been part of the Harlem jazz scene since 1976. So you know you’re in for a treat. Apollo Theater Sticking with the theme of jazz, be sure to make a stop at one of the area’s most cherished buildings, the Apollo Theater. This old vaudeville theater is famous for its legendary Amateur Nights, which began in 1934. The likes of James Brown and Ella Fitzgerald launched their careers here and you can still attend on Wednesday evenings to check out new talent Experience a gospel choir Although Harlem’s music scene is synonymous with jazz, it’s also famed for its gospel choirs and highly spirited church services. A visit to one of these joyous services will have even the most ardent atheist tapping their toes. Inside Out Tours offer a Harlem Gospel Tour, which will give you an understanding of the cultural roots of gospel music and its importance in the Christian community in Harlem today. You’ll visit the famous Abyssinian Baptist Church and the tour will end with a performance from a local choir Museo del barrio Harlem’s diverse Latinx community is celebrated at the Museo del Barrio. It hosts a collection of art showcasing predominantly Puerto Rican artists from its founding community. Over the years, the collection has grown to also include over 6,500 works by Caribbean and Latin-American artists. Studio Museum of Harlem The Studio Museum of Harlem was the first black fine-arts museum in the country and is central to the thriving artistic community in Harlem today. Here, you can view works of African Americans, members of the African diaspora and artists from the African continent, plus you can check out a variety of temporary exhibitions. The museum is also the home of an archive of works by James Van Der Zee, the famous Harlem Renaissance photographer. Hamilton Grange We’re going to hazard a guess and say that your trip to New York may include tickets to see Hamilton. We’re right, right? Once you’ve seen the musical, you can head to Hamilton Grange, the preserved home of Alexander Hamilton himself. Here, you can explore an exhibit that covers some of the major events in Alexander Hamilton's life and you can take a guided tour of some of the historically furnished rooms. Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market This colorful market will transport you to the bazaars of West Africa, with an array of stalls selling a variety of African textiles, cosmetics, foods, sculptures and clothing. It’s a good spot to pick up some unique souvenirs and get a feel for the West African community that thrives in Harlem. Try some soul food There’s nowhere better to get your fill of soul food than in Harlem. The best spot has to be Sylvia’s, which has been serving up Southern comfort stables since 1962. Another popular choice is Charles’ Country Pan Fried Chicken, the no-frills, buffet-style eatery, specializing in old-school skillet-fried chicken. Ready to explore Harlem? Get some of the best tours as part of the The New York Pass®. You’ll also be able to visit attractions all over New York for one low price.
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Travel Tuesday: Big Bus (Midtown Route)

Big Bus | Smart Destinations Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Tour Visiting New York City gives you the opportunity to see some of the world's most exciting and most popular attractions. However, there are so many great sights to see, it can often be overwhelming trying to find the time to view them all? Luckily the Big Bus provides guided tours around the city where you can see notable landmarks and even choose which sections of the city you will be touring. Passengers also can enjoy the luxury of Big Bus' "Hop-on Hop-off" service which allows them to get off the bus at one of the stops along the route and hop on to another bus from any of the stops. Today we're going to look at the Midtown Route aka the "Purple Route" which operates daily from 9am to 6pm. Big Bus | Broadway Show Tickets Hop-on Hop-Off You'll find many of the city's gems peaking out at you along your journey through Midtown. The route is approximately 1.5 hours long and is led by an experienced and often entertaining tour guide who makes sure that you not only see all that New York City has to offer, but also that you enjoy every minute of it. Passengers have the choice of sitting on either the lower-interior level of the double-decker bus or the top level where you are high enough to touch the traffic lights. When the sun is out, it's hard to think of a better way to view NYC and some of the city's most popular landmarks. Midtown Route Along the ride you'll get to see areas that you've probably been hearing about your entire life. The world's most famous arena, Madison Square Garden makes an appearance during the tour. You'll also get to see the iconic Empire State Building and Grand Central Terminal. The Midtown route proves to be quite convenient as it not only makes stops at these popular staples in NY history, but also stops at Circle Line Sightseeing where passengers can Hop-off and board a beautiful cruise of the city. Empire State Building | TripAdvisor New York Pass holders gain a 1-day ticket for the Big Bus and have the option of upgrading their ticket for a discounted rate at the point of redemption. You can also add specific tours to your ticket such as the Night Tour or the Brooklyn tour. For more information such as pricing or schedules on the Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Tour and their different routes, please click here
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