The Ride. New York City

The Ride Takes Over Times Square! Check Out The Entertainment and Fun!

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RIDE Operator Jackie (Cody Lindquist) guides an audience through Times Square during a performance on THE RIDE, the interactive new way to see New York, departing daily from the Marriott Marquis. Photo: Marc Bryan-Brown.
Actors portray the solider and the nurse from Alfred Steiglitz’s iconic V.J. Day photo during a performance on THE RIDE, the interactive new way to see New York, departing daily from the Marriott Marquis. Photo: Marc Bryan-Brown.

Myself and MAC (your lovely editor/websmaster) got to go on The Ride the day of its opening. What exactly is it? Well, in layman’s terms, it’s a big, fancy tourist bus with one whole side that is a big window and the seats are vertical instead of horizontal…so it is more like being in a theater audience than on a bus. It leaves from the 46th Street (just west of Broadway) side of the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, and you ride all around midtown with a male and female guide and The Ride itself speaks and gives NYC trivia and info on TV screens all over its interior. Along the midtown route–which takes 45 minutes to complete–you will see people walking on the streets suddenly come to life and do a little number, which can range from dancing to rapping. For instance, the first “real person” is a guy standing by a hot dog cart who juggles eight rolls, and then there are a couple of Broadway artists who sing 42nd Street (at 42nd and Sixth) and then there is the 1940’s couple who do the family kiss on the “triangle” just under from where the New Year’s Ball drops at 42nd and Broadway. It’s a different type of tour for sure–so check it out soon. The tour is year-round and more info can be found at experiencetheride.com or by calling 866-299-9682.— by Anne M. Raso

Two theater ushers break out in song about their dreams to one day take the stage during a performance on THE RIDE, the interactive new way to see New York, departing daily from the Marriott Marquis. Photo: Marc Bryan-Brown.

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