This summer is all about soccer in New York City. Read on for some great suggestions for where to watch the 2010 FIFA World Cup—whether you’re supporting a particular country, you’re a fan of the game in general, or you simply want to get in on the fun—and some other great soccer-related events taking place in the Big Apple. And All this soccer mania may reach new levels in the future: New York is one of 18 host cities participating in the official USA bid to host the World Cup in 2018 or 2022.
Footie on Film
The World Cup may be kicking off on June 11, but those in New York can start indulging their love of the game tonight with the opening of Kicking and Screening, the 2nd annual Soccer Film Festival. Beginning with the opening-night Fifteen Minutes That Shook the World (about the stunning Champions League final match comeback pulled off by Liverpool over AC Milan in 2005), the festival offers five features and six shorts from around the world, including soccer-mad Brazil, the former Yugoslavia, North Korea, Africa, Spain and Italy. Panel discussions are held nightly on the topics covered in the films, in addition to a demonstration by freestyle soccer-ball jugglers and a closing-night party.
Watching the World Cup
No matter which country you support, there is a place in New York where you can watch World Cup soccer in the company of fellow fans. One particularly great destination for fans of all stripes is Berry Park, a beer garden located near McCarren Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Housed in a high-ceilinged space reminiscent of a barn, the bar will be projecting the games on a 15-foot-high wall—but that’s not all. Framing the games will be a painted mural of Green Point stadium in Cape Town, making it a whole lot easier (and less expensive) to feel as if you’re actually there. Between games, head to Berry Park’s roof deck to enjoy a drink along with grew views of the Manhattan skyline.
Here are a few suggestions about where to go to support the team closest to your heart during the World Cup:
South Africa: Madiba (Fort Greene, Brooklyn)
Spain: La Nacional (West Village)
England: Kinsale Tavern (Upper East Side)
Italy: Scuderia (SoHo)
Germany: Zum Schneider (East Village)
Serbia: Kafana (East Village)
New Zealand: Nelson Blue (South Street Seaport)
France: Bar Tabac (Cobble Hill, Brooklyn)
Argentina: Novecento (Soho)
Brazil: Felix (Soho)
United States: Woodwork (Prospect Heights, Brooklyn); Nevada Smith’s (East Village); Floyd (Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn)
And as the most ethnically diverse of all five boroughs, Queens is arguably the best place to catch World Cup fever, no matter which team you’re rooting for. The New York Daily News put together a roundup of great Queens businesses that will be showcasing their national pride come June 10th.
Even though the World Cup wraps up in South Africa on July 11, the soccer fun doesn’t have to end with it…for the second year in a row, 24 qualified teams representing different countries and heritages will face off in the final rounds of CopaNYC. The competition is held over the weekends of July 24-25 and July 31-August 1, at Pier 40 near Hudson River Park (West Village). Admission is free, and the teams will be competing for the NYC Mayor’s Cup—and bragging rights.
Let the games begin! Where are you planning to watch the World Cup?
(Photo courtesy of Nahum)