Taking the Gray Line NYC Night Bus Tour During BlogHer 12

Thanks to Gray Line New York (@GrayLineNewYork, Facebook), Madame Deals Media, and Mommy Needs Her Coffee, both Little Miss Kate and myself got a chance to take the NYC Night Bus Tour on the first night that we got into the big city! It was a fabulous way to get a “mental” map/perspective of the city layout; which was all kinds of perfect as I had never been to New York City before! I had no idea that we were literally just steps from Broadway and Times Square from our hotel until we passed by the glitz and drama during the trip, (and also where we began the walk back to home-base, since the bus stopped right at Times Square, how cool is that??)

My best advice is to sit back, relax on the second floor platform (rain or shine… it rained btw!), and just take in all the sites with your camera like a good tourist.

During the tour, I learned that NYC was very much like Toronto.  There were times where I felt like I was home… until I saw yet another yellow cab.  Not that Toronto doesn’t have its fair share of cabs, particularly in the downtown core, but the big TDot has nothing on the dominating regiment found in Manhattan.  And they’re really all a yellow-orange-y car, which is so weird to me when taxis come in all shapes, sizes and colour in Toronto.

Another comparison was the concentrated cultural neighbourhoods are similar in both New York in Toronto.  In fact, Little Italy and Chinatown are neighbours in both cities, which the human geography geek in me found completely interesting.

One area where New York City holds supreme is the architecture.  WOW, the architecture in this city is amazeballs.  (Yes I said amazeballs.)  I love the look of mish-mashing historical buildings with more modern looking monstrosities, and that type of deco was in an abundance there.  And it’s not just one era to be found, you can walk down a single street and work your way through the 18 and 1900s of architectural gold.

And then there is the advertising. I have to admit – I really enjoyed just watching the different sparkly, glitzy ads roll by while on the tour. It’s like Super Bowl ads on TV, a lot of these outdoor animated billboards where on a more entertaining level than the ones that tell you the time and temperature when you’re driving into downtown TO from Lakeshore.

Also? The conspiracy theory nut in me enjoyed finding hints of freemasonry (*cough*Illuminati*cough*) symbology architecture throughout the buildings and statues as well, heh. 😉

So here are some pictures taken on the Gray Line NYC Night Tour with both the HTC S One smartphone camera…

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8 Comments on “Taking the Gray Line NYC Night Bus Tour During BlogHer 12

August 15, 2012 at 2:25 pm

oh how fun! I think these buses are the best way to explore a new city quickly

Aeryn Lynne
August 15, 2012 at 2:49 pm

It really is the best way! 🙂 Taking these tours is totally on my to-do list when I’m vacay-ing somewhere new now.

Deanna T.
August 15, 2012 at 3:52 pm

What a cool way to tour the city! You certainly got some lovely photos. I’ve never done a bus tour, we always explore on our own and wing it. This looks tempting though.

Aeryn Lynne
August 16, 2012 at 7:40 am

I hear ya! This was the first bus tour I’ve taken (that wasn’t part of a Nuit Blanche project in Toronto, lol) and it certainly opened my eyes! 🙂 If this was a “normal” vacay, I’d probably have visited half of those sites anyway… and these were essentially drive-by visits – so it was all “blink and you’ll miss it”, heh, but I would totally do it again in the future. Maybe not for places I’ve already been to; it’s a great “intro” to places I want to get to know better for the first time though! 😀

August 15, 2012 at 4:08 pm

This is definitely how I want to tour any city I go to for now on, especially NYC. Awesome photos, wish I could of been there.

August 15, 2012 at 5:16 pm

wow- it sounds just amazing!!

August 16, 2012 at 12:36 am

Too cool! I LOVE NYC! We used to go every year since my grandmother (my Dad’s mom) lives there! Wish I were able to go to NYC with you, Katie and the gang!

Chris/Canadian Dad
August 16, 2012 at 9:40 am

Someday I’ll get to NYC. Someday! PS – You can’t say Illuminati!!!! Now you’re being tracked!


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