Reed Travel Features
NEW YORK -- Most New Yorkers -- much less tourists -- have
little opportunity or time to explore the city's many diverse
However, a new attraction, Show Me New York, aims to give
visitors a greater taste of the Big Apple in just under an
Located in its own theater on 58th Street between Madison and
Park avenues, "Show Me New York" incorporates a high definition
video and character actors retelling the stories of yesteryear.
Upon entering the theater, visitors meet with a baker and a
street vendor among other historic city folks, who tell of the
first roller coaster created in Brooklyn and the origins of
stickball, both New York firsts.
In a 250-seat theater, a high-definition video narrated by Jerry
Orbach with an introduction by Mayor Giuliani, takes visitors on a
22-minute tour of New York.
Each of the five boroughs are highlighted, with dynamic aerial
views and local street scenes.
Each pictorial tour is accompanied by a map.
A close-up exploration of the city includes a quick ride on a
fire engine through the traffic-filled streets of Manhattan.
The video also clues visitors in to the latest entertainment
features, tourist attractions, new places to dine as well as
current art exhibits.
After the main presentation, the audience moves to an
interactive exhibit and gift shop area selling mugs, T-shirts and
the like labeled with "Show Me New York" logos.
Show times are every half-hour; each show is approximately 60
The theater is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Tickets are $11.50 for adults; $9 for children age 12 and
Foreign language groups can be accommodated.
For group sales information, call (212) 307-4388.