Monday, August 16, 2010

New York's Tour Buses at Night

A Gray Line tour bus speeds through Greenwich Village

I work just a few blocks from both the World Trade Center site and the New York Stock Exchange, so I'm used to seeing tour buses. Lots of tour buses.

You can hardly venture outside in Lower Manhattan without coming *thisclose* to a double-decker with camera-laden tourists snapping away. Sometimes I wonder how many strangers' photos I'll live forever in, a tiny speck on the sidewalk as they angle for that elusive perfect picture of Ground Zero construction cranes.

But these buses aren't out only during the day. The major companies also have night tours to see all the pretty lights. I've seen a night tour bus here and there, but I've never seen more than I did on Saturday night.

Paul and I ate supper at Cafetasia, a Thai restaurant about a block from Washington Square Park and not much further from St. Mark's Place, in the heart of Greenwich Village and filled with NYU kids. (And yes, I just called college students "kids." I'm now officially old.)

We got two seats at a floor-to-ceiling window facing East 8th Street. Along with my pad thai, I got a view of so many night tour buses that I eventually had to stop counting. I'd guess we saw at least 10 in the hour or so we were there -- in addition to several regular MTA city buses.

Paul and I tried to speculate why the tour buses pass through East 8th. Maybe we're jaded now, but we didn't see anything special about the Johnny Rockets next door or the Crumbs across the street. I like Crumbs cupcakes as much as the next person, I'm just saying it's not very scenic.

Maybe the buses are using the street as a byway to get from the aforementioned park to St. Mark's Place, which really is a tourist attraction lined with so many hole-in-the-wall shops and restaurants that it truly is difficult to walk down on any day that's halfway pleasant. But I've never seen a bus venture down the narrow street.

In any case, the number of tour buses was a reminder that New York's ambiance is created just as much by the 45 million visitors to the city as its 8 million residents. And also that Gray Line's making a killing at $39 a ticket.

7 comments:

  1. Nice Post! thanks for your information..

    europa coaches croatia has the ultimate Tour Bus Rental, provides individual accommodations specifically to fit your croatia Party Bus needs. Whether it is a full night rental or just pick up/drop off, we can make it work for you. Limo Buses in croatia are the way to go to get your group around town. Whether you desire a party atmosphere, a corporate feel, a relaxing wine tour, or you’re looking for a rental bus, europa coaches croatia will tailor to your needs. http://www.europa-coaches-croatia.com/

    ReplyDelete
  2. It is a very informative for us. Thanks for sharing….

    europa coaches paris Limousine & Party Bus Rental Service : http://www.europa-coaches-paris.com/

    Limo Party Bus Rental Paris

    ReplyDelete
  3. It is a very informative for us. Thanks for sharing….

    europa coaches ljubljana Limousine & Party Bus Rental Service : http://www.europa-coaches-ljubljana.com/

    Limo Party Bus Rental Ljubljana

    ReplyDelete
  4. Such a wonderful post. Keep up the good work.

    Europa coaches munich has the ultimate Tour Bus Rental, provides individual accommodations specifically to fit your munich Party Bus needs. Whether it is a full night rental or just pick up/drop off, we can make it work for you. Limo Buses in munich are the way to go to get your group around town. Whether you desire a party atmosphere, a corporate feel, a relaxing wine tour, or you’re looking for a rental bus, europa coaches munich will tailor to your needs. http://www.europa-coaches-munich.com/

    Coach Rental Munich

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thanks for sharing a wonderful post.

    Europa coaches Zagreb offering Party bus, deluxe new and late model charter buses, tour buses, shuttle buses, school buses, limousine buses and specialty entertainer coaches nationwide and provide you with best prices for our services : http://www.europa-coaches-zagreb.com/

    Europa Coaches Zagreb

    ReplyDelete
  6. Nice Post! Thanks for sharing…..
    Europa coaches Dubrovnik service is high quality, with no risks and at affordable price. Hire a coach with Europe coach Dubrovnik for a day trip, a private tour, a school excursion, a company event, team building, daily shuttle services, airport and hotel transfer, wedding and other special events
    Coach Rental

    ReplyDelete
  7. Thanks for sharing a wonderful post..

    Frankfurt Coaches is a leading transportational company, providing coaches, buses and minibuses at affordable prices. We offer modern, comfortable and safe coaches within Germeny and other European countries.

    Coach Rental

    ReplyDelete

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...