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NYC Pairings: The Sporting

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NYC Pairings: The Sporting

City Pairings offer thematic itineraries, seasonally adjusted, that answer the six core questions of travel: Where should I stay? What should I do? What should I see? Where should I eat? What should I drink? and What should I buy?

NYC Pairings: The Sporting is for those who love all things professional sports.

A Place to Stay:

The New York EDITION
5 Madison Ave.
Housed in the 1909 Met Life Building skyscraper, this luxury hotel is located across from Madison Square Park in the Flatiron District. Most of its guest rooms and suites offer outstanding park, city and/or Empire State Building views.  Its central location provides easy access to uptown, downtown and the east and west villages. For sports fans, it is less than 15 minutes by taxi or 20 minutes on foot to Madison Square Garden and less than 20 minutes by subway and under 10 minutes by taxi to the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. Fine dining, entertainment options and some of the city’s finest architecture is at your feet.

Something to Do:

Already have a favorite sport or sports team?  Click on the individual website to find schedules and ticket info to begin your trip planning.

NY Rangers
Madison Square Garden
For schedule & tickets

NY Islanders
Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn
For schedule & tickets

NY Knicks
Madison Square Garden
For schedule & tickets

Brooklyn Nets
Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn
For schedule & tickets

Big Ten Super Saturday – College Hoops & Hockey
28 January 2017
Madison Square Garden
Get tickets

New York Jets
Met Life Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
For schedule & tickets

New York Mets
Citi Field, Queens
For schedule & tickets

New York Yankees
Yankee Stadium
For schedule & tickets

Something to See:

Who Shot Sports?: A Photographic History 1843 to the Present @ the Brooklyn Museum until 08 January 2017

From the website: The installation is guest curated by distinguished photographic historian Gail Buckland, and highlights sport photographers and their place in the history of photography, not merely sports history. Featuring more than 200 photographs Buckland has chosen for their aesthetic, cultural, and historical significance, the exhibition includes images of many different sports from nations around the globe.

Madison Square Garden All-Access Tour (daily)

From the website: Explore exclusive VIP areas of the state-of-the-art arena and commemorate over 130 years of legendary Garden history. Discover the spectacular Chase Bridges, get the inside scoop on all your favorite players when you explore the Knicks and Rangers locker rooms, and view the arena like never before.

Tours of MetLife Stadium (Meadowlands Complex), NJ

From the website: Unlike any other NFL facility, MetLife Stadium is home to two NFL franchises, the New York Jets and New York Giants. In addition, MetLife Stadium continues to host world class concerts, college football, International soccer and many other timeless events…Your guided tour will visit some of our premium spaces, such as the Commissioners Club, Coaches Club and our luxury suites, as well as taking a walk on the field where some of your favorite athletes play each week

In addition, the Giants have built the Legacy Club which contains the team’s Super Bowl trophies, jerseys of its best-known players and artifacts from its long history. The club is located on the main concourse and is free and open free to all fans on game days.

NY Yankees Stadium Tour (Daily, with a few exceptions)

From the website: During the offseason, Yankee Stadium tours are held almost daily at the ballpark from 11:00 a.m. – 1:40 p.m. with tours leaving every 20 or 40 minutes in that time span. Bilingual (Spanish/English) tours may be available. Please call the Tours Department at 646-977-8687 to check availability. At times when tours sell out, other time slots may become available. Keep in mind, the time on the ticket is the time of the tour.

Tour during the off-season: New York Yankees Museum, Monument Park, Press Box and the Warning Track/Legends Outdoor Seating

NY Yankees Hands on History: (seasonal)

From the website: Hands On History offers an unprecedented opportunity for guests to touch historic Yankees artifacts. Participants connect with Yankees history through game-used bats, jerseys, baseballs, World Series rings and more from Yankees legends, past and present. The program takes place within the New York Yankees Museum presented by Bank of America. Each session begins approximately 90 minutes before gates open to the public for a game. The pregame experience is led by our knowledgeable Museum Curator, who shares entertaining stories while guests hold baseball’s most treasured artifacts. All guests enjoy a detailed tour of the Museum’s rotating exhibits. Photography is welcomed and encouraged during the program.

Something to Drink:

Tavern on 51 @ the Lotte New York Palace
24 E. 51st
The Tavern on 51 is a sophisticated, old school (in a good way) bar inside The Lotte New York Palace Hotel. Not only does it offer an array of vintage and specialty cocktails and a good beer list, it is an oasis of calm within the hyper-activity of midtown. A very civilized alternative to the classic sports bar.

The Gold Bar @ The New York Edition
5 Madison Avenue

From the website: With mahogany walls, carved plaster ceilings, original herringbone floors and hundreds of pieces of photography hung in gilt frames, there is no better place for a pre or post-dinner cocktail than the Gold Bar. Guests can sip craft cocktails under the 3-foot fiberglass globe chandelier designed by Eric Schmitt, which is suspended over the intimate horseshoe shaped bar made entirely of 24k gold leaf. The billiards room, adjacent to the Gold Bar is a bonus.

The classic billiards room is adjacent to the bar.

Feiles Bar & Restaurant
131 W. 33rd
Less than a block from Madison Square Garden, Feiles Bar and Restaurant makes a good pre-and post-game destination. It is the official home of Formula One racing in the city and the largest F1 meetup in the world. It is also home to the New York Rangers and New York Knicks and offers the full Major League Baseball package in season.

Foley’s NY Pub & Restaurant
18 W. 33rd
Foley’s is a combination pub/museum. Its memorabilia collections are the big draw.

From the website: Foley’s has one of the most extensive and unusual public displays of sports memorabilia in America, including 3,000 baseballs, 500+ bobbleheads, game-used equipment, signed jerseys, World Series rings, stadium seats, and other items.

Stan’s Sports Bar (Seasonal – during Yankees games & special events)

From the website: If you’re the the type of person who has been to the Cask N Flagon on your way to Fenway or stopped at Murphy’s Bleachers after leaving Wrigley, then Stan’s is the bar for you at Yankee Stadium…[It] is the anchor of the 161st Street Business District, underneath the famous elevated 4 train and across from the footprint of where “the real house that Ruth Built” stood.

Somewhere to Eat:

The Clocktower @The New York Edition
5 Madison Avenue
Located on the second floor of the New York Edition hotel, this gastronomic gem is under the direction of Executive Chef Jason Atherton and offers a restaurant menu of updated classics and contemporary British fare. Guests can enjoy all-day dining in a series of three rooms, each with its own unique theme, before capping off the meal in the billiards room or at the aptly named Gold Bar. A chic take on a supper club

11 Madison Park – Michelin***
Contemporary Cuisine
With three Michelin stars, Chef Daniel Humm’s 11 Madison Park isn’t the kind of place you drop in to and hope to get seated: You’ll want to plan ahead. The restaurant offers prix-fixe seasonal tasting menus in a drop-dead gorgeous space. Just a stone’s throw from the New York Edition Hotel.

Hill Country Chicken – a Michelin Bib Gourmand Selection
1123 Broadway
American Cuisine
Chicken, chicken, chicken and chicken. Its prepared two ways – the classic and Mama El’s, skinless and cracker-crusted – and served with sides like creamy mashed potatoes and grilled corn salad, 12 kinds of homemade pie and milkshakes. Good food doesn’t have to be fussy or exclusive.

Something to Buy:

Most bricks and mortar collectible shops have gone the way of the dodo and are exclusively doing business online. Here is one notable exception:

Brigandi Coins & Collectibles, 60 W. 44th St.

Since 1959, the Nation’s preeminent dealer of rare, high-quality and authentic collectibles.

Their collection of rare memorabilia includes a Babe Ruth-signed baseball and a 1934 NY Yankees signed baseball (Ruth & Gehrig)

A Selection of Online Shops/Auctions:


Heritage Auctions

The New York Times Store
Includes a substantial collection of signed memorabilia, focussed on baseball

Cooperstown Collection of Vintage Jerseys;

NY Yankees Books: Online or at the Yankee Clubhouse Shops around the city

Book: Who Shot Sports? A Photographic Historic 1843 to the Present by Gail Buckland
Available at the Brooklyn Museum and online.

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