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

New York African Film

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

NFL Draft

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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

Photo via Facebook / Frieze New York


The Puppy Bowl X Experience


With the Super Bowl in to NYC this week, Times Square has been turned into every football fans dream theme park. We’ve talked about the toboggan and the parties, but there’s something we haven’t mentioned that has become a staple of Super Bowl Sunday in the greatest way: The Puppy Bowl

If you’re unfamiliar, the Puppy Bowl is an Animal Planet special that airs during the day on Super Bowl Sunday is pretty much what you’d expect. There’s a bunch of puppies on a football field playing with toys and it’s adorable. This year is Puppy Bowl X, and to celebrate Discovery Times Square has opened the ultimate Puppy Bowl Exhibit, which includes the Puppy Bowl Hall of Fame and real live puppies.

Yesterday we took the journey and here are the highlights of the experience:

You enter the exhibition through the Puppy Locker Room

At this point there are no live puppies, just their lockers and uniforms, along with an introductory video. Everybody in the locker room is smiling with excitement.


Stage 2 brings you to the game area

They have a bunch of puppy themed games set up including cornhole, ladder golf, Frisbee tossing, and paper football field goal kicking. This is a great area for the kids to have some fun before getting into the puppies.

Mo the carpet puppy

There’s one puppy in the game area sitting on a table who is a celebrity. Mo starred in a carpet commercial and is posing for pictures with people. As of now, the website with the pictures isn’t working, but hopefully it comes back soon so I can make a new Facebook profile picture.

Adopt a puppy

As we transition from the game room to the Puppy Bowl Hall of Fame, there are several puppies hanging out with trainers hoping to be adopted. They are all adorable and if I had an apartment bigger than a closet, there’s a 100% chance I would have taken one.


The Hall of Fame is really awesome

So the Puppy Bowl Hall of Fame is about the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long time. There are giant pictures on the walls of puppies who have been inducted, their names, which Puppy Bowl they played in, and what they did to make it into the hall. Eli scored the most TDs ever in a Puppy Bowl. They also have equipment from Puppy Bowls past such as the ‘Favorite Football’


They have a full size playing field with actual puppies playing a pickup football game

It’s just like the real life Puppy Bowl, except I’m a spectator. Last week I went to the Stadium Series hockey game between the Rangers and Devils which was played outdoors in Yankee Stadium while it snowed, and this is the coolest sporting event I’ve seen this year.

I obviously hung out here for an extended period of time watching the puppies play, as did most of the people who were there in the experience. If you’re coming to town for Super Bowl XLVIII, the Puppy Bowl Experience has to be on your list of things to do. Oh, and it’s FREE!


Important Information About Super Bowl XLVIII in NYC

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Will there be another Super Bowl Parade in NYC in 2014?

The NFL Season may have just started, but we’re already getting excited about its conclusion. At the end of this season, for the first time ever, the Super Bowl will be played at MetLife Stadium, home to the New York Giants and New York Jets. This will be the first Super Bowl in the history of the NFL that will be played in an outdoor stadium in the northern United States, meaning that for the first time ever, frigid weather may play a huge factor in the game. It’s going to be an historic day, and right here we are going to provide you with all of the latest, most up to date info about the event. So bookmark this page and check back regularly so you don’t miss out.

When is Super Bowl XLVIII?

The 2014 Super Bowl in NY/NJ will be played on Sunday, February 2, 2014.

Where is the 2014 Super Bowl being played?

The Super Bowl will be played at MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Jets and New York Giants, in East Rutherford, NJ.

What is Super Bowl Boulevard?

In the week leading up to the big game, the stretch of Broadway between 34th and 44th streets will be closed down for a free, outdoor, interactive football themed experience for fans. Super Bowl Boulevard will be open to the public from January 29-February 1, between noon and 11 p.m. daily.

What can I do at Super Bowl Boulevard?

  • Toboggan Run: Ride down a winter themed slide that stretches from 40th to 41st streets
  • The Numerals: Take a picture with the oversized XLVIII Roman Numerals which will be on 42nd street
  • The Lombardi Trophy: Each of the four days, the holy grail of football, the Vince Lombardi Trophy, will come to Super Bowl Boulevard for fans to see and take pictures
  • Autograph Sessions: Between 39th and 40th streets you will find current and former NFL players signing autographs from noon until 6 p.m.
  • Concert Stage: In the same spot beginning at 8 p.m., stop by to see nightly concerts on the Super Bowl Boulevard Concert Stage
  • Macy’s Video Show: NFL Films will be projecting 10-minute video shows on the façade of Macy’s at Herald Square
  • More activities are expected to be announced in the months and weeks leading up to the big game

What’s the weather going to be like during Super Bowl Week?

It’s tough to tell at this point in time, but if you put stock in the Farmer’s Almanac, a giant snow storm will hit NYC between Feb. 1 and Feb. 3, so there’s that…

Remember, bookmark this page and check back soon so you can stay updated on all of the happenings of Super Bowl XLVIII in NYC!