A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from April 01, 2005
“The only way to see New York” (Circle Line)
The Circle Line runs sightseeing cruises around Manhattan, and to other points. It's been in business since 1945.

"The only way to see New York -- Circle it on the Circle Line" is its advertising jingle. A print ad with this line was published in the New York (NY) Times on March 25, 1982.


Wikipedia: Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises is a harbor cruise company in Manhattan, New York that operates tours of the New York harbor from its base at Pier 83.

History
Circumnavigation of Manhattan became possible in 1905 with the construction of the Harlem Ship Canal, the first regularly scheduled trip being the Tourist captained by John Roberts in 1908.

On June 15, 1945 Frank Barry, Joe Moran and other partners merged several sightseeing boats to form the Circle Line operating out of Battery Park.

In 1955 it began operating at its current Pier 83 location. In 1962 it bought the famous and venerable Hudson River Day Line.

29 April 1947, New York Times, pg. 55:
The Circle Line, which has been running a sightseeing cruise around Manhattan Island since April 5, said it intended to operate as many as five vessels by midsummer. Trips around the island will be augmented by charter voyages and moonlight sails.

8 July 1947, New York Times, "Boat Trips on City's Many Waters Provide Outings to Dreamy Places" by Meyer Berger, pg. 27:
The Circle Line operates oil-burning yachts in Around-Manhattan Cruises that last three hours each, with lecturers pointing out highlights. This trip takes you under all the bridges, through Harlem River, East River, Hudson River and New York Bay. The trip costs $2, including tax. (...) This is the best way to see New York City, particularly the waterfront and the ocean liners.

25 March 1982, New York Times, pg. C18:
THE ONLY WAY TO SEE NEW YORK,
CIRCLE IT ON THE CIRCLE LINE.

35 MILES OF FAMOUS SIGHTS

(Trademark)
Word Mark CIRCLE LINE
Goods and Services IC 039. US 105. G & S: Conducting Sightseeing Cruise Services by Yacht or Boat. FIRST USE: 19501231. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19501231
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 73413723
Filing Date February 16, 1983
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition September 18, 1984
Registration Number 1307451
Registration Date November 27, 1984
Owner (REGISTRANT) Circle Line Sightseeing Yachts, Inc. CORPORATION NEW YORK CIRCLE LINE PLAZA WEST END 42ND STREET NEW YORK NEW YORK 10036
(LAST LISTED OWNER) THE CIRCLE LINE TRADEMARK TRUST A NEW YORK TRUST COMPANY C/O FISH & RICHARDSON P.C. 45 ROCKEFELLER PLAZA, SUITE 2800 NEW YORK NEW YORK 10111
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Disclaimer No claim is made to the exclusive right to use the word "Line", apart from the mark as shown.
Type of Mark SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Affidavit Text SECT 15. SECT 8 (6-YR).
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE
Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNames/Phrases • Friday, April 01, 2005 • Permalink