THE RIDE Celebrates the 70th Anniversary of V-J Day in Times Square & The Start Of Its Sixth Sold-Out Season in New York
August 14, 1945
August 14, 2015
“In Times Square on V.J. Day I saw a sailor running along the street grabbing any and every girl in sight. Whether she was a grandmother, stout, thin, old, didn’t make a difference. I was running ahead of him with my Leica looking back over my shoulder but none of the pictures that were possible pleased me. Then suddenly, in a flash, I saw something white being grabbed. I turned around and clicked the moment the sailor kissed the nurse. If she had been dressed in a dark dress I would never have taken the picture. If the sailor had worn a white uniform, the same. I took exactly four pictures. It was done within a few seconds. Only one is right, on account of the balance. In the others the emphasis is wrong — the sailor on the left side is either too small or too tall. People tell me that when I am in heaven they will remember this picture.”
-Alfred Eisenstaedt, Eisenstaedt On Eisenstaedt
Two of THE RIDE’S most celebrated cast members are the two actors recreating Alfred Eisenstaedt’s iconic photo of the euphoric kiss between a sailor and a nurse in the middle of Times Square minutes after the announcement of the end of World War II.
The superstar moment is always met with wild applause from THE RIDE’S audience who are delivered the past, present and future of New York City while sitting in a climate controlled floor-to-ceiling-glass-enclosed multi-million dollar motor coach as the streets of Manhattan become the stage for the most talked about immersive event in town.
Originally shot by Mr. Eisenstaedt on August 14, 1945, THE KISS is still as electrifying as it was 70 years ago when it happened, was recorded and then published in Life magazine a week later.
About to begin its sixth Season, THE RIDE is produced and directed by CEO/CCO, RICHARD HUMPHREY, who is spearheading the search for THE RIDE’S next three cities with San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Boston, London, Tokyo and Singapore in the running.
Meanwhile, THE RIDE in New York is currently awaiting its 350,000th RIDER who is just “a kiss away.”
ABOUT: THE RIDE
Recently awarded its FIFTH TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Award, THE RIDE has just now been inducted into THE TripAdvisor® HALL of FAME. Previously honored with a nomination for the 58th Annual Drama Desk Award in the prestigious Unique Theatrical Experience Category and named the Third Most Successful Youth-Primed Attraction in New York City by FODOR’S Travel, THE RIDE has most recently been nominated for a 2015 CONCIERGE CHOICE Award in the BEST TOURIST ATTRACTION category which will be presented at a black tie dinner on September 21 at Battery Gardens. All of this homage and accompanying critical acclaim has led to THE RIDE becoming the singularly most requested ticket at Travel Agents’ offices all over the country. The concept is a brainstorm of design that has resulted in a fleet of multi-million dollar motor coaches whose interiors are a state-of-the-art wonderland of electronic wizardry that guide 49 dazzled tourists around the most fascinating city in the world. THE RIDE’S original genius was its realization that the streets of Manhattan are a fifty-mile stage exhibiting the most riveting visuals on earth. Adding its own actors to the crowded mix on the street, the huge motor coaches deliver a show worthy of the standing ovations and group euphoria that results at the end of each RIDE. The motor coaches are events in their own right. They are specifically designed theatrical vehicles; the tallest allowed by federal law, fitted with stadium-style seating that orients the 49 fortunate participants sideways so as to look through the massive windows that deliver New York as the most successful Broadway show on earth. These unanimously acclaimed coaches are equipped with surround sound, 3,000 LED lights and 40 video screens. They are, in essence, rolling state-of-the-art theatres that introduce their travelling audiences to an interactive experience that only the most interactive city in the western hemisphere could deliver. Each motor coach’s external speakers and lighting allow riders and on-board performers to interact with THE RIDE’S street performers as well as anyone else they pass on the street. THE RIDE is an EVENT whether you are on the bus or on the street. But it’s better on the bus. A fact mightily agreed upon by both Broadway critics and audiences alike.
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