Aboard the motor coach, Anderson Cooper sank lower in his seat, grinning and pulling his hat over his eyes as a friendly rapper called him out by name. But this rapper wasn't on-board the coach. Instead, he was spitting his rhymes from the sidewalk outside, performing for an audience on one of The Ride's interactive New York City tours. Though unique, Mr. Cooper's experience has been shared by hundreds of other famous personalities, tourists, and locals. Floor-to-ceiling windows cover the entire right side and roof of each of The Ride's custom built-motor coaches, breaking the fourth wall as they ensure that not only can passengers view the city, but the city can look back in. Due to their popularity, The Ride's tours have been chronicled by media outlets such as
New York Live, Good Morning America, and The Today Show.
As each motor coach embarks on its tour through 4.2 miles of Midtown, guides encourage group participation with song, dance, and question-and-answer sessions, much like any good meeting with a tax accountant. With the aid of 40 plasma monitors displaying images and historical information, they also divulge facts about landmarks such as Central Park, 42nd Street, and Grand Central Station. As the bus travels alongside famous buildings and city sidewalks, passengers encounter a range of characters. Some are regular New Yorkers, but others are company performers in disguise. Rappers, dancers, singers, and actors leap from the crowd to entertain their mobile audiences with impromptu live routines, and sometimes pull audience members into the show. Surround-sound stereo, wireless microphones, and external speakers allow audiences to hear the performances from their seats, unlike pedestrians outside, who have to hop on a neighbor's shoulders to get a better view.
Cuisine Type: 6 Tastings
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Most popular offering: Katz's pastrami
Pro Tip: Eash tour involves tastings and learning about the culture and history of each neighborhood visited.
Q&A with Joshua Kraushar, Tour Guide
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
As a native New Yorker who was a former history teacher and an avid foodie, I really enjoy taking people to out of the way places that they would generally never get to see. I also love turning people on to unique places and tastes that they could only find here in New York.
What?s the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?
The best compliments are generally, "this was the best day I ever spent in New York."
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I have traveled all over the world but still love my hometown the best and aim to show you why.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Our tastings are varied from Polish pirogies, Jewish rugelach, and Italian cannolis to Chinese dumplings.
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NYSee Tours explores renowned sights in New York City with combination bus-and-walking tours, each led by effusive guides who flavor the sights with history, anecdotes, and their distinct personalities. Under the direction of owner and lifelong New Yorker Fred Pflantzer, they lead tours to prominent destinations including Central Park, Grand Central Terminal, Greenwich Village, Chinatown, and parts of Brooklyn, including Williamsburg and Red Hook. The Across Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour shepherds tour-goers across the eponymous span and through nearby Brooklyn areas including Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Williamsburg, returning to Manhattan via the subway. On the From The Battery to Central Park tour, passengers take up the history of the famous Broadway from it's southern Manhattan up to Central Park with stops at Washington Square Park, Chinatown, Time Square, and Little Italy.
Get America Tours's knowledgeable guides escort groups of sightseers on more than 20 extended and mini tours. Tours journey to places like New York City and the Grand Canyon on 1- to 11-day jaunts taken at a comfortable pace, allowing patrons to hit the area's highlights and spend time soaking up their new setting. Highly trained guides share a wealth of information about history, local gems, and cultural tradition with their tour members. Some guides, able to speak Spanish and German, are also trained as multilingual emissaries. Passengers are ferried across the United States and Canada in either buses, vans, or minivans, depending on the number of passengers, ensuring that tours are never cancelled due to a lack of passengers or an overabundance of giant stuffed animals.
The advocates of ocean-based travel at Above All Cruises unveil awe-inspiring views of New York City's sprawling skyline during weekly and holiday cruises that set sail out of Skyport Marina or World's Fair Marina. Rather than engaging in terra firma's exhausting recreational activities, such as hiking or the Running of the Taxis, visitors can while away the evening on a luxury ship. Although each vessel flaunts its own personality and design, all sport dance floors, flat-screen TVs, and hunger-quelling dinner options. Experienced captains ensure that cruises always stay on course, and equally experienced DJs keep dance floors afloat with energetic songs.