NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — If you’ve ever wanted to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade or watch the ball drop in Times Square on New Year’s Eve but never quite made it out, a new Midtown exhibit might be able to help you get your fix of the Big Apple’s best sights.
RiseNY is a new experience opening Wednesday in Times Square which takes visitors in a 180-degree, 40-foot projection dome playing 8K aerial footage which makes you feel like you’re soaring over, and through, New York City.
“Wind is blowing in your face. You're smelling the city,” executive producer James Sanna said. “Even if you're on a plane, you don't get to get that close in and see the people and experience events and that's really what we wanted.”
From the same creators of "Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience," RiseNY starts off with a ride through the city’s first subway ride in 1904 and goes on to soar through Broadway and Wall Street and past skyscrapers landing at the top of One Times Square to watch the New Year’s Eve ball drop.
“Of course you fly over some of those important events throughout the year,” Sanna said.
Along with a thrilling ride, the walk-through exhibit features historic artifacts including Alexander Hamilton's signature on a check, the Beatles drum kit and costumes from Broadway's iconic shows.