Bus woman's holiday. I was still working on Double Decker buses when The Ride began. I thought it was a ridiculous waste of sightseeing time until Thursday June 14 at 4PM when I actually took The Ride.
The Ride looks at Times Square and midtown as theatrical entertainment. The guide hosts engage with passengers and onlookers. They even made it fun for a local (tour guide no less). The bus is air conditioned and comfortable. Street and sky views are framed by the bus skeleton.
While I love sharing midtown early in the morning before the crowds arrive, The Ride provides the opportunity to step back for a bit and see the hustle and bustle of Times Square without being overwhelmed by it.
There is a nice bit of history and statistics mixed in to the patter as well. Another tour I experienced which will remain nameless, catered to people's preconceived notions of NYC. The Ride enables passengers to see what is here now and also uses some great videos.
Best of all, I learned something. For some reason, I always thought the Empire Theater was moved East to make room for the skyscraper I watched being built on the SE corner of 42nd and Eighth Avenue. The building was actually moved West 170 feet or so.
Yes, A Guide Named Sue is a fan. If/when you take the ride and you see a tour guide waving at you, it just might well be me.