Around the City in Under an Hour

Reed Travel Features

NEW YORK -- Most New Yorkers -- much less tourists -- have little opportunity or time to explore the city's many diverse neighborhoods.

However, a new attraction, Show Me New York, aims to give visitors a greater taste of the Big Apple in just under an hour.

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 minutes.

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 under.

Foreign language groups can be accommodated.

For group sales information, call (212) 307-4388.

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