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The Puppy Bowl X Experience

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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.

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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.

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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’

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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!

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Super Bowl XLVIII on a Budget

Hotel:

This may take a large chunk of your budget up, even for a night or two. There are a few ways you can play your card.

Stay in another borough: You can stay a fast 35 minutes from the stadium by staying at the Hilton Garden Inn located in Staten Island. It is very conveniently located if you have rented a car or used one to get here. You can stay there this weekend for just under $200 a night. Bargain!

Last minute city deals: New York City is probably known as much for the Empire State Building as their overpriced hotel rooms. Last minute deals are your way to score a deal here, just keep checking back. Not ideal if you’re already on your way in but the app Hotel Tonight could help you sort through your options.

Entertainment:

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Super Bowl activities are by the masses here. Super Bowl Boulevard will take a big chunk of your time up while waiting for the big game and the best part is it is all basically FREE! You can check out exactly what’s going to be going on there and when here.

Looking for something other than being wrapped up in the Super Bowl? Luckily you’ve found yourself right in the middle of Broadway Week where you can get play tickets 2 for 1, now that’s a touchdown!

Getting Around:

You have two options here. Rent a car or mass transportation. We can’t stress enough how much time and money taking the MTA or NJTransit is going to be. Head into any subway station and pick up a Metrocard, if you are lucky it will be a limited edition Super Bowl designed one and then you also have a authentic Super Bowl XLVII souvenir!

Grub:

One piece of advice for this category – stay away from Times Square. Use the Metrocard you just bought and head downtown or uptown, and then let your nose guide you. A lot of great pubs and bars will be having specials, especially around lunch time you could drink and eat for a fraction of the price. Check their chalk board menus they usually keep outside and see if they interest you. Eat a heavy lunch and keep it simple for dinner.

5 Can’t Miss Events This Week in NYC

These are the top 5 events going on in NYC this week:

It’s been four years in the making. Welcome to Super Bowl Week, New York!

The Puppy Bowl Experience comes to Discovery Times Square January 27-February 1

Super Bowl Boulevard takes over Times Square January 29-February 1

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Rangers play the Islanders at Yankee Stadium January 29

DirecTV Celebrity Beack Bowl at Pier 40 February 1

The Super Bowl Comes to MetLife Stadium February 2

Where to Watch the NFC & AFC Championship in NYC

Alright Football fans, the road to MetLife Stadium has come down to four. This Sunday is championship weekend in the NFL and we soon will have our Super Bowl matchup set.

So who are you rooting for? Don’t have a dog in the fight? Head to one of these team specific NFL Championship watch parties this weekend and you’ll be sure to find one. This Sunday these are the official NYC watch parties for each of the remaining teams.

Where to watch the NFC Championship if you are a 49ers fan:

Finnerty’s

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Where to watch the NFC Championship if you are a Seahawks fan:

Carlow East

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Where to watch the AFC Championship if you are a Patriots fan:

Traffic Hell’s Kitchen

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Where to watch the AFC Championship if you are a Broncos fan:

Mustang Henry’s

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Where will you be watching the games on Sunday? Tell us on twitter at @GrayLineNewYork

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!

 

Where to watch the Super Bowl in NYC if you’re a Ravens fan

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On Wednesday we told you where you should watch the Super Bowl if you happen to be a 49ers fan in New York City. Today, we’ve found a couple of great spots to watch the game if you bleed purple! This one’s for the Baltimore Ravens fans looking for fellow die hards to enjoy Super Bowl Sunday with:

Wharf Bar and GrillMidtown East

Head up to 3rd and 39th to find this fantastic sports bar which will be crammed with Baltimore Raven’s fans on Super Bowl Sunday. Just make sure you get there early because every Raven fan in the city will be trying to get in.

SideBARUnion Square

This Union Square bar is perfect for watching the Ravens and serves as the host of a weekly meetup for Raven fans. If you forget to wear purple next week, you’ll probably stand out.

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Where to watch the Super Bowl in NYC if you’re a 49ers fan

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The Super Bowl matchup is finally set and the first Sunday in February will see the San Francisco 49ers face off against the Baltimore Ravens. While this year’s Super Bowl doesn’t feature any New York teams, you’re still probably going to want to watch the big game, so let us help you out. Here is a list of great spots in NYC where you can watch the biggest game in all of sport, if you root for the :

Finnerty’sEast Village

Finnerty’s in the East Village will surely be showing the game. After all, it is NYC’s unofficial 49ers bar. So put on your favorite Smith jersey (I’m partial to Aldon) and meet your friends from San Francisco on 2md Avenue and 13th Street

HiberniaHell’s Kitchen

Hibernia isn’t a Niners bar, but you certainly won’t find any Ravens fans here on Sunday. As the Unofficial Steelers bar of NYC, this crown may be rooting for San Francisco even harder than the group at Finnerty’s.

Photo Credit: Flickr / Caitlinator