Who You Calling Touristy...And Thank You For Doing So
It has come to our attention this week, that an unnamed (cough, Time Out, cough, cough) publication has called us the "T" word.
Can't think of a "T" word?
Apparently, there is one so vile and offensive in Gotham city that magazines offer full tutorials on how not to be one - a TOURIST.
Come again? Are tourists really this bad?
"While tourism has always been an important industry for New York City, over the recent years it has dramatically grown into a cornerstone of our economy—generating a record $55.3 billion in economic impact, welcoming an all-time high of 52 million visitors and employing more than 363,000 New Yorkers across all five boroughs." - NYC & Company, New York City's official marketing, tourism and partnership company.
Well this doesn't sound so bad. Yet here in the bottom right, is our timeless little boat- with what seems to be a negative connotation.
Look, we get it.People in New York want to go where no man has gone before. To know about the unfindable speakeasys and the hole in the walls and all the devil may care nooks that only Brooklyn has to offer. New Yorkers are always looking for things kept so secret that they are only a notch above 1925 bootlegging.
We can own up to being more popular. We just can't help it.
Are we in the business of sightseeing? Yes. Do we cart around fabulous people from all over the world and show them our fair island with pithy (and informative) dialogue? Yes.
Has every red blooded New Yorker probably taken their third grade field trip with us? Yes.
[Is this you?]
Despite who we are by day, we do however double as a magnet for locals by night - and weekend. You may have drank your [insert non tourist hipster beer here] on our Thirsty Thursday Happy Hours, Oktoberfested with us up in Bear Mountain, entertained your little one on our Saturday Kids Cruise, or participated in our social media standoff on Handles and Hashtags.
But we're not mad. To the contrary, we want to extend our sincere gratitude. Not only do we love the line "Circle Line rings Manhattan" but moreso, we love being lumped in with the caliber of our touristy co-conspirators: The Empire State Building, Central Park, The Museum of Natural History, The Met, Rock Center, 6-time Tony award winning Kinky Boots, and (collectively, all of) Downtown.
Are we really this iconic? We're blushing.
We are very happy to be more than a flash in the cronut pan.
We are also proud to serve our out-of-town guests.
And don't forget local New Yorkers, we're keeping the tourists off the already over crowded streets, by the boatload. Literally.
PS - We named our boat the Brooklyn long before it was cool.
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