City residents are crossing their fingers that they won't have to battle with tourists for these seats out of town.
State tourism officials are sponsoring bus getaways this spring and summer from New York City and Long Island for both daylong and overnight outings.
The so-called “I Love New York Bus” service will send motor coaches up the Hudson Valley and out to Long Island’s Southampton beach, with overnight trips to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, the thoroughbred races in Saratoga Springs and to Niagara Falls.
The service that began with 14 fall and winter outings is intended to add opportunities for tourism in the state while helping the economy and employment in related businesses.
Reservations are recommended. Walk-ons can buy tickets if space permits.
Pickups and drop-offs in Manhattan are at 44th Street and 3rd Avenue.
Buses are operated by Southampton-based Hampton Jitney.
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