Activities

Big Apple Jazz Tours

Intimate four-to-five hour tours explore the city's lively jazz scene, including legendary clubs like the Savoy Ballroom, Minton’s Playhouse and Village Vanguard. Dates/times/prices vary. 917.863.7854.

Big Apple Manhattan Helicopter Tour

A 15-minute helicopter tour offers visitors the chance to view the spectacular sights of New York from above. Tour departs at 9 & 11 a.m., and 2 & 5 p.m. All passengers should arrive 30 mins before their scheduled flight. $150.

Big Bus Tours

Visitors can see NYC's most famous attractions, including the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, on this bus service, which offers fixed-loop rides and a hop-on, hop-off tours with 30 stops. Times/prices vary.

Big Onion Walking Tours

Locals and visitors alike are led through historic New York neighborhoods on the Multi-Ethnic Eating, Greenwich Village, Chinatown, Gangs of New York and Immigrant New York tours. Outings last approximately two hours. Dates/times/locations vary. $25 adults, $20 seniors (65+)/students/military, $15 students. 

Big Taxi Tours

Visitors see up to 50 NYC locations, including Wall Street, Central Park and the Brooklyn Bridge, aboard yellow hop-on, hop-off double-decker buses. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $35 adults, $25 children. 212.685.8687.

Bike and Roll NYC

Guided tours and bike rentals let visitors cycle their way around the city, traveling to such sights as the Brooklyn Bridge, Hudson River and Central Park. Guided tours leave from Pier 84 and Central Park (Tavern on the Green and Columbus Circle), Apr. 14-Oct. 21, and tour prices include bottled water and a helmet. New tours include New York at Night, National September 11 Memorial, Inside Central Park and Brooklyn Neighborhoods. Times and prices for tours vary. Rentals available Mar.-May 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Jun.-Aug. 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sept.-Nov. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Bike the Big Apple

Visitors ride all over the five boroughs on half- or full-day tours to explore neighborhoods that are typically uncharted for sightseers. Bike and helmet included. $60-$90 per person. For reservations, meeting places and schedules, call 347.878.9809.

Birdland Theater

The new, 100-seat performance space below Birdland Jazz Club offers a varied entertainment program, including cabaret, jazz, dance, burlesque, comedy and performances by Broadway stars and limited-run Off-Broadway productions.

Highlights:

Sept. 19-22: Nellie McKay

Sept. 23: Amanda Green

Sept. 26-29: Miss Coco Peru

Oct. 3-6: Anita Gillette

Oct. 8-9: Randy Roberts

Oct. 17-20: Robert Fairchild with Billy Stritch

Blazing Saddles

Bicycle rentals and guided tours throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan. Bikes for children, baby seats, trailers and tagalongs available. Daily rentals are for 24 hours, and include lock, helmet, handlebar bag and racks. Rentals range from $15-$30 per hour and $40-$69 per day.

Blue Man Group

(1 hr 45 mins, no intermission)

Now in its 25th year (opening night was Nov. 17, 1991), the show features a trio of bald blue life-forms utilizing high-energy music, props, splatters of paint, comedy and pantomime as it stretches the limits of performance art.

Schedule: M-Tu 7 pm, W-F 8 pm, Sa-Su 2, 5 & 8 pm (schedule can vary)

Tickets: $59.55-$109.55 (prices subject to change)

 

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