Month: May 2014

Where to Watch the World Cup in NYC

Once every four years, Americans remember that they love soccer. This year, the United States Men’s National Soccer Team is heading to Brazil to try and bring home the crown, but for those of us in NYC, we’ll have to watch the matches on TV. And that leaves us with one question:

Where in NYC Should I Watch USA in the World Cup?

The Football Factory at Legends

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Located right across the street from the Empire State Building, Legends is home to one of the best soccer atmospheres in NYC. Head down the stairs to the basement for what is known as “The Football Factory” if you’re looking to get really into it with singing and chanting throughout the games.

Jack Dempsey’s

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Dempsey’s Pub on 33rd street is the official party spot for the American Outlaws, the USMNT’s rowdy cheering section. Surround yourself with the country’s most passionate fans at this bar, but make sure you study your song lyrics first.

Studio Square Beer Garden

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Head out to Astoria for a little outdoor atmosphere while cheering on The Yanks. Watch the game with delicious beer and a 160 foot screen with a thousand of your closest friends.

Nevada Smith’s

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Over on the east side of Manhattan is Nevada Smith’s, “where football is religion” as they like to say. They have four floors of action and I can assure you, there will be four floors of USA Soccer when the games kick off.

The Madhatter Pub

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During the season, the Madhatter serves as the official Manchester City bar in NYC. They won the Premier League. By that logic, if we all go to watch the USMNT at the Madhatter, we should win the World Cup, right?

The Manchester Pub

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The Manchester Pub has confirmed that they will be showing every game for every team, live and with sound on, throughout the World Cup. Also, depending on which teams are playing, the pub will be serving drink specials based around the country’s exports.

The Blind Pig

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Another bar known for having a strong year round soccer presence, The Blind Pig serves as the home of NYC Arsenal Supporters. Come world cup time, this place will be packed with USMNT supporters.

So, which bar are you going to to watch Team USA go all the way? Tell us on twitter at @GrayLineNewYork! Do you support another nation? Check out NYC & Company’s list of bars for each country in this year’s World Cup.

The New York Rangers Are Going To The Stanley Cup!

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This is what headlines will soon be saying once the Rangers close out the Eastern Conference Finals against the Montreal Canadiens. The Stanley Cup Finals in Madison Square Garden. It probably seemed like a pipe dream not long ago, but now here we are, one win away from hockey’s biggest games coming to the world’s most famous arena.

In a time where New York sports are dismal (The Brooklyn Nets are the only other team to make their sport’s respective playoffs in the past calendar year), the Rangers have been the bright spot in the puddle of mud. It hadn’t always looked good for the Rangers either. They finished 5th in the East, giving them a tough road to the elusive goal of 16 wins. They have already played four elimination games this postseason, including two Game 7’s. It hasn’t been easy, but on the backs of Henrik Lundqvist and midseason acquisition Martin St. Louis, this team has come together to get them to the promised land.

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If you’re late to jumping on the Blueshirt Bandwagon, here’s the key things you need to know:

  • The last time the Rangers made it to the Stanley Cup Finals was in 1994, when Mark Messier guaranteed victory
  • In 2012, the Rangers came close, but then lost to cross-river rival, the New Jersey Devils.
  • The Rangers haven’t been outscoring opponents this postseason; they’ve advanced on the back of goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who has won five straight Game 7’s
  • Martin St. Louis’ mother unexpectedly died during the series against Pittsburgh, and he has been a man possessed ever since
  • Stanley Cup tickets at Madison Square Garden are going to be expensive, so here are a few of the best hockey bars in NYC where you should go and root on the team
  • The Rangers traded away fan-favorite captain, Ryan Callahan, in the middle of the season, and now it’s paying off
  • The Canyon of Heroes run on Broadway from down around Wall Street up to City Hall, and it’s recommended you find a spot along the parade route early because when the Rangers bring The Cup back to NYC, everyone’s going to want to party

11 down, 5 to go. Let’s Go Rangers!

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5 Can’t Miss Events This Week In NYC

This week in NYC we get ready for Memorial Day with Fleet Week, Movies on the Intrepid, Lady A, EDC, and pre-raphaelite art.

The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy exhibition opens at The Met Museum for an extended stay Tuesday, May 20

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The Fleet Week Parade of Ships kicks off a week of events for the armed forces in NYC Wednesday, May 21-27

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Electric Daisy Carnival NYC comes back to MetLife Stadium Saturday, May 24-25

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GMA Kicks off their Central Park Summer Concert Series with a free Lady Antebellum show Friday, May 23

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The Intrepid Movie series begin with Top Gun Friday, May 23

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NYC Fleet Week 2014 Schedule and More

Photo via Flickr / Official U.S. Navy Page

Photo via Flickr / Official U.S. Navy Page

What is NYC Fleet Week?

Fleet Week has been held in New York City since 1984 (sans 2013) as a way for the city to honor the US Navy and Marines. Special ceremonies and activities take place throughout the week in May leading up to a special commemoration on Memorial Day. For 8 days, sailors and soldiers will dock in NYC and enjoy a break from duty as they take in all the city has to offer.

Free Gray Line New York Double Decker Bus Tours for all active, uniformed military personnel during Fleet Week!

Fleet Week Schedule Highlights

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Wednesday, May 21

  • The Parade of Ships travels up the Hudson River beginning at 9 a.m.

Thursday, May 22

  • Hoops With Heroes – Participating troops will play basketball games with teams from the NYPD, PAPD and FDNY at John Jay College

Saturday, May 24

  • Staten Island Fleet Week Committee Music Festival is hosted at Sullivan’s Pier beginning at noon.

Sunday, May 25

  • Greenpoint Veteran’s Memorial Day Parade begins at 8 a.m.

Monday, May 26 (Memorial Day)

  • 147th King’s County Memorial Day Parade begins in Brooklyn at 8 a.m.
  • Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade begins at 2 p.m. in Queens
  • USO Tailgate Party/BBQ Cook-off with the New York Mets from 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and New York Mets Military Appreciation Day beginning at 1 p.m.
  • Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Day Observance commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

Tuesday, May 27

  • Navy ships depart NYC

Throughout the week

Photo via Flickr / MarineCorps NewYork

Photo via Flickr / MarineCorps NewYork

  • Ship tours at Pier 92 and Sullivan’s Pier
  • US Marines will be honored as New York Mets Veteran of the Game
  • Navy and Marine Aerial Demonstrations
  • Military Band and Drill Team performances in Midtown/Chelsea

So, will you be celebrating Fleet Week in NYC with US Military? Tell us about it on twitter @GrayLineNewYork and don’t forget to send us your pictures throughout the week!


6 Underrated Parks in NYC

Central Park. Prospect Park. Flushing Meadows. We’ve been there, we’ve done that. It’s not that we have anything against these parks; there’s a reason that they are internationally known, after all. It’s just that we already know all about them, and so do you. What about the other parks? The ones that don’t get the love of the spotlight but certainly deserve it? That’s what this list is about.

Here are the 6 best parks in NYC that you’ve never been to:

Socrates Sculpture Park

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photo via flickr / Jason Eppink

This East River side park in Astoria, Queens is the best park in town for artists to express themselves and take in others’ work. The park serves as the home of regular installations and programs that appeal to all.

Fort Tryon Park

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Head north up the Hudson River to this Manhattan park which is home to The Cloisters, the old Revolutionary War fort, and the best view of New Jersey’s Palisades from the island. Fort Tryon Park was added to the National Register of Historic Places in the 70’s, but is still overlooked by most people who don’t live in Washington Heights.

Riverside Park

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Riverside Park is just south of Fort Tryon, and probably the most popular on our list. It runs from 59th street to 125th street right along the Hudson River. It’s winding paths and beautiful plant life makes it a must visit on our list of underrated parks.

Inwood Hill Park

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Photo via Flickr / Kevin O’Sullivan

Inwod Hill Park is packed with beautiful greenlife and heavily wooded trails which will make you forget that you’re in Manhattan. Head to the northernmost point of the park where the Hudson meets the Harlem River during the fall for one of the most refreshing views.

Pelham Bay Park

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Pelham Bay is one of the most beautiful parks that no on ever talks about. It’s can be a hike to get there since it’s in The Bronx, but it is most definitely worth it. Pelham Bay Park is the largest park in New York City covering over 2,700 acres of land and is full of activities for the whole family, including Orchard Beach on the Long Island Sound.

Great Kills Park

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People often forget about Staten Island, with it being seemingly entirely removed from public transportation, but it one thing that borough can do is parks. There are dozens of New York’s best parks on the island, but none rank better than Great Kills Park. There’s swimming, hiking, tons of sports fields great fishing.

Which underrated park is your favorite? Tell us on twitter at @GrayLineNewYork!

5 Can’t Miss Events This Week In NYC

Food Festivals, Comedy shows and the AIDS Walk highlight this week in NYC

The Big Sur Brooklyn Bridge will benefit the Henry Miller Memorial Library beginning Monday, May 12-19

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Lady Gaga’s artRave comes to MSG on Tuesday, May 13

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Eddie Izzard comes to the Beacon Theatre for a 5-night run of shows beginning Tuesday, May 13-18

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The Ninth Avenue International Food Festival takes over Hell’s Kitchen beginning Saturday, May 17-18

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The New York AIDS walk is Sunday, May 18

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5 Can’t Miss Events This Week In NYC

This week in NYC, the NFL Draft, Contemporary Art, and Jazz in Harlem highlight our activities list!

The Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival at the Apollo Theater, Sunday May 4-10

Harlem Jazz

photo via Shahar Azran

The 21st New York African Film Festival begins, Wednesday, May 7-26

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The NFL Draft comes back to Radio City Music Hall, Thursday, May 8-10

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Bronx Week kicks off, Thursday, May 8-18


Photo via Bronx Tourism Council


The Frieze Contemporary Art Fair take over Randall’s Island, Friday, May 9-12

Frieze Art

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