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.
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!
Madison Square Garden hosts the Big East Tournament and Barclays Center Hosts the A-10 Tournament
It’s that time of year again! The time when the crazy sports fan walks around your office asking you to fill out a bracket for an office pool. The time when having multiple TVs in your living room doesn’t mean you’re obsessive, it means you’re planning ahead. The time when upsets bring smiles to our hearts and all but one college goes home with tears in their eyes. It’s March Madness!
Starting this Wednesday, New York City is joining in the fun. Madison Square garden will once again host the Big East Tournament. This year the tournament will have a different feel to it due to conference realignment, but it’s one of the best tournaments in the nation. Barclays Center will host the A-10 tournament for the second straight year and once again, multiple teams are up for a bid including SLU and VCU.
Both tournaments will run until Saturday when conference champions will be crowned.
Later this month, college basketball in NYC makes another revival when it hosts the East Regionals in Madison Square Garden. On the 28th and 30th of this month, teams still yet to be determined will square off in the world’s most famous arena in hopes of cutting down the nets and booking a trip to Arlington.
New York City is turning into a college town this month so get ready for the madness!
Which part of march madness are you most excited for? Tell us on Twitter at @GrayLineNewYork!
There are lots of events in NYC taking place the week before Thanksgiving! Check them out:
It’s Halloween Week, sports are coming back to The Garden, and after two years, Marathon Day is this Sunday. Here’s what’s going on in NYC this week:
New York Television Week 28-30
It’s coming basketball fans and there is no better place to welcome the start of the NBA season than the Mecca of basketball, New York City. There are plenty of games to look forward to but the ones that will peak New Yorkers main interest is the one happening right in their own back yard.
On October 30, in their first game of the season, go see Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks as they take on the Milwaukee Bucks at the legendary stadium, Madison Square Garden. If that’s not enough to fill your appetites, go see the newly revamped Brooklyn Nets take on the reigning champions Miami Heat in this clash of the titans match-up that is guaranteed to be game to remember.
So on your way to these games be sure to hop on one of our buses because we will have stops near Madison Square Garden and The Barclays Center.
Photo Credit: Flickr / Keith Allison
This winter has not been what New Yorkers have come to expect from recent years. The temperatures have gotten chilly, but never truly cold and we barely saw any snow flurries, let alone a blizzard. After last years ‘Snowpocalypse,’ this season has been weak, to say the least. And if you are hoping that it will turn around and NYC will become a winter wonderland yet again, don’t get too excited. With forecasts for this weekend calling for sunny skies and temperatures reaching up to 60 degrees on Sunday, I’m willing to admit that spring has come. And boy, am I thrilled.
It’s not that I have anything against winter in New York. I mean, you have the lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, and a snowy Central Park is one of the most picturesque scenes that The Big Apple has to offer, but it’s cold. Often, too cold. But now that the weather is warming, there is no more bundling up just to go down the block or avoiding long walks to keep out of the cold. Now, we can take off our hats and gloves and leave our big coats behind; spring is here!
If you’re lucky enough to be spending time in Manhattan for this beautiful weekend, then get ready for some fantastic activities. There are always a ton of things to do in New York, but this weekend seems to have an extra boost to it with the way that the weather is shaping up. So, without further ado, here are a few of the best ideas for your weekend schedule:
Armory Arts Week:
The Armory Show in New York has a fantastic display of contemporary and modern art exhibits. Whether you are an art enthusiast or a first timer, this show has something for you. If you hop off our Uptown Loop at Columbus Circle and walk west to the piers, you’ll have no problem finding this fantastic event. The show begins today, Thursday March 8th, and continues through Sunday the 11th.
Chinatown Restaurant Week
17 restaurants are participating in this year’s Chinatown Restaurant Week, which is set to kick off on Friday, March 9th. This nine day event will help celebrate the Chinese culture and present nice discounts for traditional Chinese cuisine. If you’re hungry this weekend, hop off of our Downtown Loop at the Chinatown stop and eat up!
Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament
Are you a sports fan? Well the Big East Tournament, college basketball’s premiere conference championship, is a must see. Thursday all day, as well as Friday and Saturday night, The World Most Famous Arena will host some of the most exciting athletes in the nation as they all vie for the crown. Just hop off our Downtown Loop at the Macy’s/Madison Square Garden stop, and don’t forget your tickets!
With the weather warm and the sun shining bright, this weekend will be a fantastic time to grab your family and friends to sit atop our world famous double-decker buses. The All Loops Tour includes our Uptown Loop, Downtown Loop, Brooklyn and Night tours, and your tickets will be valid for the whole weekend! (Tickets valid for 48 hours) Do you want to know the best part about hoping on and hoping off of our bus tours this weekend? You can hop right off of our bus and be within walking distance of all of the above suggestions!
Don’t miss out on a wonderful opportunity to see all of the sights and experience a wonderful weekend in New York City.