Ride of Fame

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The Ride of Fame is a series of mobile monuments in New York City honoring public figures for being exemplary New Yorkers who have represented the city in a positive light over the course of their life. Each figure who is honored on the Ride of Fame is presented with a personal decal which is permanently applied to the front of a red double-decker tourist bus as well as a personalized seat on the top.[1][2]

History[edit]

Rachael Ray posing with her Ride of Fame decal

The Ride of Fame began on May 4, 2010 when Emmy Award winner and bestselling author Rachael Ray was honored as part of the Gray Line Worldwide’s 100th birthday celebration. Gray Line New York, New York City’s chapter of Gray Line, which was founded in 1926, hosted the event and Ray’s honorary decal on one of their buses. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place in front of Ray’s studio before she led a group of 50 fans on a tour atop the bus that was dedicated in her honor.[3]

Since Rachael Ray, over a dozen more public figures have been honored on the Ride of Fame and presented with a decal for their own double-decker bus. Each public figure has had a ribbon cutting ceremony, most of which take place at Pier 78 on the Hudson River, but some ceremonies have taken place elsewhere, including Times Square and Central Park.

On October 13th, 2012 during Air Supply's induction ceremony, the band was presented with a pair of honorary seats on the top deck of the bus along with a decal on the front. Air Supply was also the first to be inducted as an Immortal honoree; part of the IIi designation in which each nominee is inducted as either Immortal, It or Imminent.[2]

List of Honorees[edit]

Liza Minnelli posing with her Ride of Fame decal
Honoree Date of ROF Induction IIi Classification*
Rachael Ray[3] May 4, 2010 --
Donald J. Trump[4] June 8, 2010 --
Whoopi Goldberg[5] July 26, 2010 --
Henrik Lundqvist[6][7] August 31, 2010 --
Reggie Jackson[8] October 18, 2010 --
Richard Dreyfuss[9] November 5, 2010 --
Cyndi Lauper[10] January 27, 2011 --
Liza Minnelli[11][12] March 8, 2011 --
Marc Anthony[13] September 8, 2011 --
Roger Maris[14] September 24, 2011 --
Kenneth Cole[15] November 18, 2011 --
Wheel of Fortune[16] May 14, 2012 --
Bernadette Peters & Mary Tyler Moore[17][18][19] August 21, 2012 --
Joe Namath[20][21] September 12, 2012 --
Walt Frazier[22][23][24][25] September 19, 2012 --
Vanessa Williams[26][27][28] September 27, 2012 --
Air Supply[29] October 13, 2012 Immortal
Dionne Warwick[30][31] November 12, 2012 Immortal
Joan Rivers & Melissa Rivers[32] March 1, 2013 Immortal
David Wright[33][34] April 3, 2013 IT
LL Cool J[35][36] May 13, 2013 Immortal
The Mowgli's[37] July 9, 2013 imminent
Erin Brady[38][39] August 5, 2013 imminent
Mariano Rivera[40][41] September 20, 2013 IT
Carol Alt[42][43] October 7, 2013 Immortal
Susan Lucci[44][45] November 19, 2013 Immortal
The Minions[46][47] November 25, 2013 IT
Sir Patrick Stewart[48][49] December 4, 2013 Immortal
Carly Rae Jepsen[50][51] February 25, 2014 IT
Tracey Bregman[52][53] April 7, 2014 Immortal
Jeff Conine**[54] April 29, 2014 Immortal
Fifth Harmony[55][56] July 11, 2014 imminent

*The Ride of Fame began honoring nominees as either Immortal, IT or imminent with Air Supply on October 13, 2012.[57]
**Denotes Honorees inducted in a city other than New York City, which began with Jeff Conine in Miami[58]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b Rachael Ray Show - On the Show - Rachael Takes the "Ride of Fame"
  4. ^ Donald Trump Honored In Gray Line New York's Ride Of Fame Campaign - Steven Bertoni - Forbes
  5. ^ Whoopi Goldberg Honored In Gray Line New York's Ride Of Fame - The View - YouTube
  6. ^ Lundqvist Honored with 'Ride of Fame' Bus Video - NHL VideoCenter - NY Rangers
  7. ^ Henrik Lundqvist Honored In Gray Line New York's Ride of Fame - YouTube
  8. ^ Reggie Jackson attends Gray Line New Yorks Ride of Fame ribbon cutting... | WireImage | 114088460
  9. ^ Photo Flash: Ride of Fame Honors Richard Dreyfuss
  10. ^ Cyndi Lauper is the newest Ride of Fame member to Gray Line New York - YouTube
  11. ^ Photo Coverage: Gray Line's 'Ride Of Fame' Campaign Honors Liza Minnelli
  12. ^ Liza Minnelli to Be Gray Line New York Ride of Fame Dedicatee - Theater News - Mar 2, 2011
  13. ^ Marc Anthony Honored By Gray Line New York's "Ride Of Fame" | View photo - Yahoo! News
  14. ^ Maris/Mantle ’61 tribute moved to Saturday « The Cutoff Man
  15. ^ Fashion Designer Kenneth Cole Is Honored By Gray Line New… Nieuwsfoto's | Getty Images Nederland | 134265556
  16. ^ Wheel of Fortune - WHEEL OF FORTUNE TO CAP 30TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON IN NYC
  17. ^ Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters Honored with Ride of Fame Today, 8/21
  18. ^ PHOTO CALL: Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore Honored in NYC - Playbill.com
  19. ^ PHOTO FLASH: Bernadette Peters Inducted Into Gray Line New York's Ride of Fame - Photo Flash - Aug 21, 2012
  20. ^ 'Nothing surprised' Namath about Sanchez in Jets opener
  21. ^ http://www.news.daylife.com/photo/05MN7jdgF344z?__site=daylife&q=Sports
  22. ^ After Lending His Style to a Bus, Frazier Offers His Opinion on the Knicks - NYTimes.com
  23. ^ Kickin' it with a (former) Knick: Walt Frazier - Knicks Blog - ESPN New York
  24. ^ SLAM ONLINE | » Walt Frazier Joins the Ride of Fame
  25. ^ Photos of Kate Moss, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kourtney Kardashian and many more celebs - NYPOST.com
  26. ^ Vanessa Williams: Gray Line New York's Ride of Fame Inductee | Celebspin
  27. ^ Vanessa Williams Inducted into Gray Line New York Ride of Fame - Photo Flash - Sep 27, 2012
  28. ^ Vanessa Williams News - Vanessa Williams on '666 Park Avenue': 'It's a World Where Unfortunate Things Happen a Lot' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO) - Celebuzz
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