Stranded as Broadway Strikes?

November 12, 2007


As the holiday season quickly approaches and the one thing that is dampening the NY holiday sprit is the strike that is currently happening on Broadway. Until negotiations are set and an agreement has been made, many tourists from all over the world are left wondering what to do on their trip to NYC. Good thing NYC has so much to offer and it will definitely keep you busy and your mind off the strike. Yes, it’s disappointing that you had your heart set on seeing Wicked, The Grinch, Chicago, etc…but as a native New Yorker who has spent most of my life not seeing theater shows all the time, here are some old and new tips to do while visiting NYC.

1) If you really wanted to see a show, and not your show in particular but any show, there are shows still happening and going on. Only 8 Broadway shows are still playing which are: Young Frankenstein, Mary Poppins, Xanadu, Mauritius, Pygmalion, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Ritz and Cymbeline. Also, all Off-Broadway shows are continuing their normal schedule. You can check with the TKTS booth located right inside the Marriott Marquis hotel.

2) So you are stuck in Times Square. You come all the way to Broadway to find out your show is not playing. There are many attractions within that area you can visit. A) Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is worth the trip. You’ll be up close and personal with the stars as oppose to watching them from the nose bleed section. B) Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Will have the very strange and bizarre that will make the stage hands on strike not so much an oddity anymore. C) Toy R Us at Times Square will cheer any kid up who cried because they couldn’t see the Grinch on stage. D) Dave & Busters will not only keep you sheltered from the cold, but if your kids get bored, they can roam around to play the many video games that are there. E) The Pond at Bryant Park now in it’s 3rd successful year as a new place to skate with a gorgeous view of the Empire State Building. The adrenaline of this will be sure to burn off the coldness of the strike. Sure the grief of No Broadway show can’t be spared but the day can be salvaged with much more to see in Times Square. Other places to visit: The Yankees Store, Hello Kitty Store, Virgin Megastore not to mention dozens and dozens of places to eat within the area.

3) Can’t handle the crowd? Need to get out of the now overcrowded Times Square area? There’s much more to see beyond Times Square. Downtown: A) Head down just a few blocks to 34th Street. Visit the Empire State Building, Manhattan Mall and Macy’s at Herald Square and other stores to shop at such as Old Navy and H&M. B) Visit Union Square where they have the Farmers Market, Artists displaying their work for sale, and other places to shop such as Virgin Megastore, Forever 21, and Barnes & Nobles Bookstore. Also note that there are theaters in this area as well. This area is the location of where the show Jump and the new show Fuerzabruta from the creators of De La Guarda. Uptown: A) Columbus Circle has been newly renovated within the last two years now that we have the Time Warner Building. Inside the Time Warner Building you will have luxurious stores to shop at, Borders Bookstore and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Club overlooking Central Park is located in this building. Check their website for schedules of show times and ticket availability. B) Lincoln Center is not suffering from the strike and has everything happening from Ballet to Opera and much more. You also might want to check out their schedule to see which of the many shows are playing now at this crucial time. C) 5th Avenue has much to see for tourists ranging from Rockefeller Center to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. If you walk or take a subway ride or a cab a little further beyond you will come across Central Park, Central Park Zoo along with many top museums such as The Guggenheim, Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Jewish Museum, National Academy, Cooper Hewitt and much more to be seen. D) You can also travel a little further uptown into the Bronx and visit the New York Botanical Garden or The Bronx Zoo.

4) Whether you are here for a short stay or an elongated stay in NYC, you can always rely on the many tours available throughout the city. We have many Grayline or CitySight bus tours that takes you into different neighborhoods, scavenger hunt tours from Watson Adventures, Big Apple Bike Tours, On Location movie tours, The Sweet Walks chocolate tasting tours and Foods of NY tasting tours and not to mention the Circle Line Tours that take you to the statue of Liberty and Ellis island.

So while you are waiting for that refund from Telecharge (Expect refund in 2 business days), Ticketmaster (Expect the refund to appear in 7-10 business days), or the Box Offices (refunded through the mail or hold onto tickets until the strike is over), you still have options as far as entertainment during your stay in NYC. If you plan on coming back to NYC very soon and want to past date your tickets or hold on to your tickets until the strike is over, then keep checking I Love NY Theatre or Live Broadway for updates on how to redeem tickets lost during the strike and to find out what’s happening with the strike while you are here. Worse case scenario, dial 311 if you still have questions on what to do. We hope that all this information has been very helpful to you and that you enjoy your stay in NYC.

By: Jasmine Bermudez

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  7. winter miller Says:

    Hi,
    I’m a reporter looking to talk to people about what they’re doing over the thanksiving holidays with the fear that shows may be cancelled. My deadline for this story is today. Please call me at 212 556 7835 if you were/are planning to see a bway show this week.
    thanks!


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