The (Almost True) Story of the Origin of St. Patrick’s Day in NYC

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Long long ago, in the city of New York lived a man named Patrick. Paddy, as his friends called him, was a bit of a recluse, regularly finding himself with nothing but a pint glass topped with Guinness and a folded over newspaper turned to the classifieds as he would hunt for yet another new job to support his favorite habit: Drinking. Nobody ever expected Paddy to amount to much in life. “He spends too much time at the pub,” the townspeople would holler. “He has no ambition,” his own mother would say. Little did they know that his life was a special one. Little did anyone know that his life, hundreds of years down the line, would still be celebrated.

It was a bright, sunny afternoon, this 17th day of March, when Paddy’s life would change forever. As accustomed, Paddy had a stool pulled up to the bar, drink in one hand, paper in the other, chatting with the old barkeep whose children he was putting through college with each sip of the glass. “I heard about the job at the mill,” the barkeep sheepishly muttered as he topped off another round. “This one’s on the house.”

“Aye, well they shouldn’t have put me in charge of the grain if they didn’t want me to mix it all up,” Paddy replied with a nod and lifted the freshly filled pint to his mouth.

“There’s nothing left for me,” his tone turned grim. “They’re right. I’m never going to amount to anything. I may as well just sit at this pub and drink til I drop.”

As if by the grace of God himself, just as Paddy uttered those fateful words, the door swung open and in ran a woman with such a look of panic on her face you’d think her house was on fire. “My house is on fire!” she yelled. “And a newborn batch of puppies are trapped on the top floor! And my house is all the way up 5th Avenue!”

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Paddy raced into this very home to save the puppies.

This was it. This was Paddy’s moment.

Paddy stood up with a confidence he had never before been able to muster, threw back the rest of his beer in what seemed like one single gulp, slammed the glass to the bar and began to the door. Yeah, Paddy. This is you Paddy he thought to himself. The hero began running up 5th Avenue but it was taking too long. That’s when he saw a CitySights NY bus full of tourists and got an idea.

Paddy stopped the bus and demanded it turn around – against traffic – to lead him uptown to help save the puppies. The CitySights NY driver knew the responsibility bestowed upon him imperative and began fighting the traffic. For the puppies. He traveled from 44th Street all the way up to 79th Street, where the fire was ghastly ablaze. Paddy hopped off the bus and raced into the home with complete disregard for his own safety. Minutes passed and onlookers began to worry.

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Paddy was scared, but with the help of CitySights NY he knew he could save the day.

But there he emerged, a new man, puppies in hand! Gone was the lonesome bloke who cared more about his Guinness than his own children, and out walked a hero.

“What’s your name?” a man from the crowd yelled.

“Patrick,” he replied.

“You’re a saint, Patrick!” the woman whose puppies were saved shouted back. “You’re a saint!”

Every year from that point forward, on the same day as The Great Puppy Fire, we celebrate St. Patrick with a parade, traveling the same route he took to get from the pub to the puppies. And so began St. Patrick’s Day.

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Meet The Social Media Team

Last week was social media week, and to celebrate we introduced our social team to the world. We’re a fun bunch who work tirelessly to provide all of our customers and fans with the best service, information, and activities we can on a daily basis. If you ever have any questions, shoot us a message on Facebook or Twitter. In the meantime, here is a recap of our social media team:

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David holds a BA from UCLA in Film and Television and an MBA from UConn in Marketing. He has been a marketing professional in New York City since 1998. He is the creator and producer of the Ride of Fame™, and is a member of the Broadway Association and Government Affairs Professional in New York City. He is a self-proclaimed movie buff and loves listening to music from the 80s!

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Christina is a true New Yorker, born and raised in the forgotten borough of Staten Island. She likes country music & coffee and is dating a guy from Ireland who we all think might kidnap her at some point. We hope this doesn’t happen, but if it does, we’ll be sure to take care of Tanksy, her fake goldfish.

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Annie is an NYU graduate who apparently majored in sending out emails with manatee memes in them. She sits on a stability ball instead of a chair which the team fully supports (except on Fridays when we use it for office dodge ball). Occasionally she’s been known to steal rocks from Central Park and eat meatballs on top of salad.

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Kevin is a huge college football fan
Whose answers to questions resemble a wise man
He carries a bow across his chest
And really thinks he is the best
But he just makes our social media plan

kim

Kim is a lover of puppies, dogs, canines, and especially puppies. Despite it nearly being springtime, her desk is proudly decked out in Christmas decorations bringing holiday cheer to the office in the coldest of months. Two weeks ago Kim returned from an extended vacation in Thailand, and she just won’t shut up about how cultured she is now.

2013 Christmas in Rockefeller Center

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rock center christmas tree

It’s that time of year again! We have sugarplums on our mind and we can almost feel the chill of NYC in December. It’s time to start planning for the holidays in New York City!

When you think holidays, one thing comes to mind before all else: The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting. This year, the Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, December 4, and will remain lit until January 7. The ceremony typically begins around 7 p.m. and will feature live performances by some of the top names in the music industry. Be sure to get there early in order to find the best viewing spot possible.

While in NYC, be sure to see the winter beauty of the whole city on our Lights of the Holiday Tour.

Check back soon for more updates on who will be performing, where the tree will comes from, and much more!

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rockefeller center christmas tree

Urban Lawn Party This Saturday in Greenwich Village

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via urbanlawnparty.com

This Saturday we will be heading downtown with one of our CitySights NY double-decker buses to hang out with the businesses of the Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce at their Urban Lawn Party, and you should come, too!

Whether you’re coming to the city for the first time or just want to get to know the local small businesses a little better, the Urban Lawn Party will be the perfect afternoon. There will be food, music, performances, puppies, yoga classes and much more. We will be opening the doors to the top deck to serve as an Instagram station since we are firm believers in “pics or it didn’t happen.” This way you can brag to your internet friends about how awesome of a day you’re having while they sit inside at their computers wondering what they’re doing with their lives.

So come on out this Saturday from 11-5 on Charlton Street between 6th and Varick, bring your cameras, and don’t forget to always use the hashtag #UrbanLawnParty!

Ryan Cabrera Bus Tour Winners!

Congratulations to the winning entries of the #RyanCabreraCoverPhoto contest! You will all be joining Ryan on a double decker bus tour through NYC! Ryan will announce the Grand prize winner on Saturday by updating his official Facebook cover photo!

@TastyKisses:

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@alyssarose_xo:

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@BearJules:

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@brittany_s_m:

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@cindyng2468:

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@gibbonsdesigns:

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@heathersayhey:

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@TheeJorleny:

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@THEmichelaa:

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@Miss_AngieLove:

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Having your entry posted on this page, favorited, or retweeted does not indicate that your artwork was selected to win any prizes. Winners were announced on May 30 via this page. Grand Prize winner announced June 1.

Ryan Cabrera Double-Decker Bus Tour Contest!

Ryan Cabrera 2Ryan Cabrera is coming to NYC on June 10th and while he’s here, he wants to spend a little time hanging out with his fans. That’s why 10 lucky fans will win a special CitySights NY double-decker bus tour around The Big Apple with Ryan Cabrera serving as the tour guide!

Ryan Cabrera 1On the day of his New York City show, Ryan will be giving a tour atop a double-decker bus for some of the greatest fans in the world, but one of these fans will get an extra special treat: four complimentary tickets to his show at Webster Hall. So you’re probably wondering, how do I get on Ryan Cabrera’s bust tour?

Cover Art Contest Rules:

  • We want you to design Ryan Cabrera’s new Facebook cover photo
  • The cover photo should embody the theme of “Ryan Cabrera and New York City”
  • To submit your entry, you must tweet the artwork with the hashtag #RyanCabreraCoverArt and tag @CitySightsNY and @RyanCabrera
  • Fans are encouraged to use the two pictures in this post. To download these pictures, just right click on them and select Save As.
  • There is no limit to the number of entries you are allowed to submit

Guidelines:

  • Creativity is encouraged!
  • But remember, Facebook cover photos are 851 pixels long and 315 pixels tall
  • Also, make sure your artwork meets the Facebook cover photo guidelines

Timeline:

  • Wednesday, May 1st – Contest Submission Opens
  • Tuesday, May 28th – Contest Submission Closes
  • Thursday, May 30th – Top 10 submissions announced via Twitter
  • Saturday, June 1st – Ryan Announces Grand Prize Winner by updating his Facebook cover photo
  • Monday, June 10th – Bus Tour and Show at Webster Hall

Prizes:

  • 1 Grand Prize will get their artwork featured as Ryan Cabrera’s cover photo, win 4 VIP tickets for the double-decker tour with Ryan Cabrera as their guide and get 4 tickets to his show at Webster Hall!
  • 9 Runners-up will receive 2 tickets for the double-decker tour with Ryan Cabrera as their guide!

Here’s some more information about Ryan’s show at The Studio at Webster Hall

Congratulations to the winning entries! Ryan will announce the Grand prize winner on Saturday by updating his official Facebook cover photo!

@TastyKisses:

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@alyssarose_xo:

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@BearJules:

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@brittany_s_m:

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@cindyng2468:

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@gibbonsdesigns:

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@heathersayhey:

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@TheeJorleny:

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@THEmichelaa:

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@Miss_AngieLove:

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Having your entry posted on this page, favorited, or retweeted does not indicate that your artwork was selected to win any prizes. Winners were announced on May 30 via this page. Grand Prize winner announced June 1.

Win A Double-Decker Bus Tour With Aaron Carter!

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Who wants candy, when you can have Aaron Carter as your very own tour guide in NYC?  On March 3rd, ten lucky people (plus 1 guest each) will win the adventure of a lifetime and join Aaron as he leads a tour of New York City atop double decker bus!

For a chance to win this incredible ride, all you have to do is tweet a picture that best showcases why #AaronlovesNYC and tag both @AARONCARTER and @CitySightsNY. Aaron will go through the pictures and choose 10 to join him on Aaron’s Party Bus the day of his show at the Gramercy Theatre.

One grand prize winner even gets to party at Aaron’s concert with a pair of VIP passes. To make the night even more memorable, the grand prize winner will also get a copy of the concert’s set list signed by Aaron!

The contest starts today and entries will be accepted until Sunday, February 24. The winners will be contacted shortly thereafter and the winning pictures will be showcased to promote Aaron’s Party Bus.

Check out Aaron Carter’s Facebook & Twitter and CitySights NY’s Facebook & Twitter pages for additional info about the contest.

Now get out there and tell us why #AaronLovesNYC