Where New York City loyalties lie

Angel Torres, Staff Writer
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New Yorkers love sports. Anyone who grew up in New York could probably tell you they spent their days playing basketball or baseball after school. Even if you aren’t a sports fan, New York’s teams have become so iconic, their names and their stadiums are recognizable by anyone — this includes people from out of state.

Although fans of one sport might argue that it’s relevance in New York is higher than another sport, it’s hard to argue about the unifying power that sports has on people. Even if fans of different teams or of different sports disagree, there still lies the fact that they had something to disagree on, something to talk to each other about. This feeling of unity — even if it’s unity through dissent — is palpable at every sporting event throughout New York. For this very reason, going to a sport’s event is a must when in the Big Apple.

Basketball

The New York Knicks

The Knicks

One of the most iconic teams is the New York Knicks. The Knicks’ name came from a name in the book “History of New York.” The author of the book published under a pseudonym with the last name Knickerbocker — a name that stuck and was shortened to its current nickname.

The Knicks play at Madison Square Garden in midtown Manhattan. The start for the 2018-2019 NBA season will be in October and will run through June. If you’re visiting New York during this time, a great idea would be to catch a game.

The Liberty

The New York Liberty

The New York Liberty is one of New York’s most underrated teams. This women’s basketball team plays at the Westchester County Center. The team has an iconic logo that features the statue of liberty with the flames as a basketball — a reminder of how hard this team plays.

Baseball

The Mets

The Mets

The long-standing argument about whether the Yankees or the Mets are New York’s main baseball team has yet to be left in the dust. Both teams have remained extremely relevant to New York culture up until now and it doesn’t seem as if they’ll be disappearing anytime soon.

The Mets play at CitiField located in Queens. The stadium is easily accessible via the 7 train and is a major attractions during baseball season. Tickets can go for cheap, so if you’re in the area, make sure to check them out!

The Yankees

the yankees

The Yankees are another team that is iconic to New York. The stripped uniform that this baseball team wears is recognizable anywhere you go. Like Mets’ games, tickets can go for cheap, if you don’t mind sitting in the bleachers. If you don’t like baseball, go for the experience. There is nothing like sitting back with a beer, a hot dog and some friends to watch a game.

The Yankees can be found playing at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

Hockey

The Rangers

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Hockey has been known for a long time as a violent sport. Many people would even argue that you watch a game just for the fights — these people aren’t true fans! Any fan of hockey knows that what makes the game great is the fast-paced gameplay that all the skilled players bring. The fast skating from one side of the rink to the other and the satisfaction of getting a complicated shot in the net.

The Rangers play at Madison Square Garden.

The Islanders

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Just like the Rangers, the Islanders are another team that shares the state of New York. New Yorkers may disagree on which team is better, but around the board, it’s still New York pride.

Catch the Islanders at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn.

Football

The Giants

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Football has become a staple of American life. Almost every large university has its own football team, with players that get drafted to the NFL every year. Seeing a star rise and predicting how teams and players will do is one of the largest appeals to sports. People like to talk about the “what ifs.”

The Giants are one of New York’s two football teams. Through a unique arrangement both New York football teams play at the MetLife Stadium.

The Jets

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Now that sports betting might become bigger in the future with legality laws changing, keeping a eye on how teams are doing might be a good idea, even if it’s just for your fantasy team.

The Jets are the other New York football team. They can also be found at the MetLife Stadium.

Even if you aren’t into football, or sports for that matter, going to a game can be exciting. The crowds go wild for the teams that they root for, and the SuperBowl is known around the world for its impressive halftime show. Fans are notorious for getting crazy for their teams, which can be messy at times, but is also one of the reasons that seeing a live game is so much fun. Especially with football games, tailgating before the game is almost a ritual done with friends. People come together for the sake of a common interest and to enjoy themselves. Next time you’re in New York, go check out one of the iconic New York teams and sports!

 

Least Crowded Places for an Instagram-Worthy Photo Op in NYC

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Some of New York’s busiest areas are the site of photographs that are posted all over social media and kept in everyone’s photo albums for years to come. However, sometimes you may want to get away from the crowd and experience some of the more calm and serene areas in New York that provide breathtaking backdrops to your photos.
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Wave Hill

Wave Hill is a 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. Its mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts. It provides several charming photo-ops with the greenery and blossoming flowers that are sure to be an unexpected highlight during your NYC trip.
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Doyers Street

Doyers Street in Chinatown is notoriously known as the “The Bloody Angle” because the curvilinear street enabled gangs to creep up on one another unseen. It is one block in length and has a sharp bend in the middle in which most people do not know even exists. This makes the street look incredibly long, allowing for a photo-op that is sure to leave your followers in awe at the length of the street and the surrounding emblems of Chinese culture that line the sidewalk.
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The Unisphere

The Unisphere, located at the center of the radial pathways in the northern half of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, was commissioned for the New York World’s Fair of 1964-65.  The sphere features representations of the continents and major mountain ranges in relief, and is encircled by three giant orbital rings that represent the tracks of early satellites.  The capital cities of the world are marked by lenses which, during the fair, were illuminated by flashing lights.  This beloved symbol of Queens will provide a great background to your photo as its beautiful architecture is sure to draw everyone’s attention to it.
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Valentino Pier

Now surrounded by industrial, residential, and historic buildings, Valentino Pier was once the site of an active shipping industry that once occupied the waters of the Buttermilk Channel and the Upper New York Harbor. Come here to capture a beautiful sunset with the silhouette of the Statue of Liberty in the background, as well as the scenic city scape.
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New York Chinese Scholars Garden

The New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden adds new dimension to our understanding of life in ancient China and serves as the perfect setting for a quiet photo-op. It features magnificent architecture that resemble mountains that inspired the poetry and paintings of Confucian, Buddhist and Taoist monks and other scholars. Visitors can explore eight pavilions, a bamboo forest path, waterfalls, a Koi-filled pond, Chinese calligraphy, and a variety of Ghongshi scholar’s rocks including a 15-foot formation that towers over the central courtyard.
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FDR Four Freedoms Park

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park is the first memorial dedicated to the former President in his home state of New York. Located on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island in New York City, the Park celebrates the Four Freedoms, as pronounced in President Roosevelt’s famous January 6, 1941 State of the Union speech. Take a picture of the surrounded skyscrapers illuminated by the sun or capture the Empire State Building across the water at night, and enjoy the serenity of this picturesque park.

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Brooklyn Botanical Garden

This display of gardening and horticulture can serve as a beautiful backdrop to your photos. Enjoy the peace and serenity that the blooming flowers and chirping birds provide while snapping photos of some of the rarest types of flowers in the world.
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Gantry Plaza State Park

Gantry Plaza State Park is a 12-acre riverside oasis that boasts spectacular views of the midtown Manhattan skyline, including the Empire State Building and the United Nations. Enjoy a relaxing stroll along the park’s four piers or through the park’s manicured gardens and unique mist fountain. Along the way take pictures of the rugged beauty of the park’s centerpieces – restored gantries. These industrial monuments were once used to load and unload rail car floats and barges; today they are striking reminders of our waterfront’s past. With the city skyline as a backdrop and the gantries as a stage, the park’s plaza is a wonderful place to enjoy a Spring day in New York and capture it in photos.

Heartland Brewery

Best Craft Beer in the Regional Area
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Heartland Brewery first opened its doors in 1995, introducing an American-style brewpub in the heart of New York City. The first location was in Union Square. Heartland became the brewery that established and influenced the culture of beer drinking in New York City. Therefore, it pioneered the craft beer movement within the most popular city in the world.

Since its establishment, Heartland has maintained the reputation of brewing the city’s finest and most popular craft beers. Today, Heartland maintains a selection of six classic brews and an even wider range of seasonal brews.

It is custom at Heartland for brewers to use distinctly American ingredients to create their signature beer recipes. For example, the ingredients include things like Wisconsin malt, hops from Oregon, and American yeast. In combination, these ingredients make Heartland’s beer taste distinctly different from German or British beers. All beers are made and served fresh within one or two weeks of brewing.

Originally, Heartland’s farmers’ Oatmeal Stout beer received a bronze medal in 1995 at the Annual Great American Beer Festival in Colorado. In 1997, the same beer also won a gold medal. The festival is one of the biggest beer festivals in the world. Additionally, it acts as a venue for numerous beer connoisseurs to congregate and try old and new beers every year. This was how Heartland’s Brewery initially achieved its recognition.

Today, the brewery doubles as a high-end restaurant that serves great food in a relaxed atmosphere. Heartland Brewery also boasts a homey atmosphere and it shows. For example, the restaurant won the title of Best Brewpub in 1996 and 1997, as named by New York Magazine. Heartland has continuously grown and has become the largest group of brewpubs in New York City.

New Yorkers recognize Heartland beers in a heartbeat and claim there are no substitutes for it. No matter what, Heartland Brewery always impresses.

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum Pelham Bay

A tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle
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Bartow-Pell Mansion The Bronx New York

Built sometime between 1836 and 1842, the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum offers a tranquil escape from the urban hustle-and-bustle. The building is a perfect example of how people used to live in the Pelham Bay Park area; it was a “country” existence. The Mansion became a museum in 1946, immersing visitors in the gardens and opulent landscape. Tours, public programs, and workshops enable one to expand his/her horizons in a unique setting.

The grounds also include a Carriage House that is open to visitors and tours. The building itself is built in a Grecian style and offers many rotating exhibitions throughout the year. Many of the Museum’s activities utilize their surroundings as such and are themed to 19th century life. Whether you’re a tourist or a native, this place is worth a look if you want to see a different side of New York City.

Roberto’s

Small, intimate Italian restaurant in the Bronx.
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Roberto's - New York

Real New Yorkers know that Little Italy in the Bronx is a tough rival of the Manhattan version. Roberto’s is one of the fiercest Bronx contenders that give the Little Italy in Manhattan a run for its money. This Arthur Ave gem continues to deliver traditional Italian fare, with classic Italian hospitality to boot!

Roberto’s is owned by Salerno-native chef Roberto Paciullo, who also owns Zero Otto Nove around the corner. His small, intimate restaurant uses exclusively local products, which provides the freshest ingredients for his homemade fresh pasta and hand pureed tomato sauce. This large-portioned restaurant will excite your tastebuds while keeping you full and happy long after leaving.

The Bronx Beer Hall

Fun beer hall in the Bronx!
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Bronx Beer Hall - bronx

Located deep in historic Bronx Little Italy, the busy Bronx Beer Hall inside an Italian market, offers draft brews & casual eats from on-site vendors. The fun and exciting atmosphere will put you right in the mood for some laughs while sipping drinks off of the extensive beer and wine lists from various bars. The white tile walls and wood tables provide a fun, youthful energy that brighten up the uptown area.

With menu items like “Lizard Chips” and “Da True Bronx Tale,” this outdoor spot is never lacking in the fun department! Despite their limited menu, their food is fun and simple, a nice sidekick to accompany your tall mug of beer or elegant glass of wine. The have are a fun venue and frequently have events which can be found here.

Mon Amour Coffee & Wine in the Bronx

A tranquil, yet quick cafe that will take you all the way to France.
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Mon Amour Coffee & Wine in the Bronx

This industrial, minimalist cafe in the Bronx is full of distressed wood tables, metal chairs, exposed light fixtures, and brick walls. The soho inspired decor of Mon Amour Coffee and Wine accentuates the classic fresh-baked French fare including fresh-baked muffins, macarons, flatbread sandwiches, and croissants. The savory items rival the sweet for the title of best item on the menu with its bold flavor combinations and fresh ingredients.

With vegetarian and vegan options on the menu and the fact that everything is made to order, this place is truly perfect for everyone. The tranquil nature of the environment paired with the speedy turnover of the food, make this spot a perfect spot for a quick, relaxing lunch.

Moss Café

An allergy friendly, Kosher, sustainable Bronx cafe.
Moss Café - bronx
Moss Café - bronx

Moss Café is a kosher, sustainable, quality-driven eatery that approaches food from an ethical and creative standpoint. Sourcing their ingredients locally means the freshest meal possible with specialties that change according to the season. Using beans from the classic New York roaster, Stumptown, ensures that their coffee is impeccably brewed by the seasoned baristas. They hope to encourage food and sourcing consciousness to bring a greater awareness to our environmental issues.

Not only are they kosher under the Riverdale Vaad, but they have various allergy friendly options. If your diet restricts dairy, gluten, nuts or if you are simply looking to ere on the healthy side, they can accommodate you! As a whole, they are a pescatarian restaurant, and have additional vegetarian and vegan options as well.

Hudson Garden Grill

Fresh and light cuisine with marvelous views.
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Hudson Garden Grill - Bronx
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The Hudson Garden Grill has unparalleled views with 250 acres of the New York Botanical Gardens. The light and fresh new American cuisine is made even more wonderful when views through the beautiful arched windows. It is a perfect spot for a date, with great lighting and scenic gardens to walk through after your meal.

In the kitchen, award-winning Executive Chef Julian Alonzo exclusively uses locally sourced, ethically produced ingredients from Hudson Valley farms and other regional producers.

Zero Otto Nove along Arthur Avenue

An authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of the Bronx
Zero Otto Nove - Bronx
Zero Otto Nove - Bronx
Photo courtesy of Zero Otto Nove

Right off Arthur Avenue, New York’s other Little Italy, you can find traditional Italian fare at Zero Otto Nove, which translates as the numbers 089. With lots of pies under $15, homemade pasta, and various courses to keep you satisfied, this spot will also bring you an extensive wine list with bottles from across Italy. Owner Roberto Paciullo brings the authenticity of his hometown of Salerno particularly with the wood-burning brick oven at the center of the restaurant.

With consistently incredible cuisine, authentic southern Italian atmosphere, and kind hospitality, ZON does not disappoint.