Hidden Sports Gems



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In addition to the usual suspects (Yankee Stadium, ESPN Sports Zone), this city holds all sorts of hidden gems for the sports fan.

Photo: Built by U.S. Steel for the 1964-65 World's Fair as a symbol of world peace, the iconic Unisphere now sits in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, next door to the National Tennis Center. (photo by adamisserlis)

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Day 1 - New York, Staten Island


Avoid the Midtown crowds by choosing a hotel in Lower Manhattan--a good home base is the Best Western Seaport Inn, located in the historic South Street Seaport. For a good start to your sports tour of New York, pay a visit to the brand-new Sports Museum of America, a comprehensive showcase for sports memorabilia and state-of-the-art interactive exhibitions. In the summer months, hop on the free Staten Island Ferry and head across to the Richmond County Bank Ballpark, home of the minor-league baseball team the Staten Island Yankees. It’s a relaxed, family-friendly ballpark experience, but you can still take in some first-rate games and maybe catch a glimpse of a rising star (current Yankee ace Chien-Ming Wang is a former Baby Bomber). Back in the city, have dinner at the Bridge Café.


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Best Western Seaport Inn

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Location:

33 PECK SLIP AT FRONT ST
New York, NY 10038

Contact:

tel: +1 212 766 6600
fax: +1 212 766 6615
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South Street Seaport

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Location:

12 Fulton St
Fulton & South Streets
New York, NY 10038

Contact:

tel: +1 212 732 7678
fax: +1 212 964 8056
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Sports Museum of America

Location:

26 Broadway
Beaver Street
New York, NY 10004

Contact:

tel: (212) 747-0900
fax: +1 212 837 7949
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Staten Island Ferry

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Location:

1 Bay Street
Departs from the Whitehall Ferry Terminal at the southern tip of Manhattan
New York, NY 10301

Contact:

tel: +1 718 390 5253
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Richmond County Bank Ballpark - Staten Island Yankees

Location:

75 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301

Contact:

tel: (718) 720-9265
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Bridge Cafe

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Location:

279 Water Street (at Dover St)
New York, NY 10038

Contact:

tel: 1 212 227 3344
fax: 1 212 619 2368
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Day 2 - New York, Brooklyn


On your second day, head across the Brooklyn Bridge to Dumbo and the historic Gleason’s Gym, where great boxers throughout the ages have trained and where pros and amateurs alike can compete. Afterwards, take a walk in Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park while enjoying stunning views of both the Brooklyn and the Manhattan Bridge. Finally, take the F train to Red Hook (during the summer) and catch some local baseball or soccer games at the Red Hook Ball Fields. The fields are famous for their food vendors, which offer some of the city’s very best and most authentic street food from Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.


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Brooklyn Bridge

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Location:

Off South Street Viaduct
Park Row, near Municipal Building
New York, NY 11201

Contact:

tel: 212 484 1200 (Tourist information)
fax: 212 245 5943 (Tourist information)
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Gleason's Gym

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Location:

77 Front Street
between Main Street and Washington Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Contact:

tel: (718) 797-2872
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Empire - Fulton Ferry State Park

Location:

26 New Dock Street
New York, NY 11201

Contact:

tel: +1 718 858 4708
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Red Hook Ball Fields

Location:

Clinton Street and Bay Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

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Day 3 - New York


On day three, head uptown to Central Park and dine at Mickey Mantle’s, a sports bar and restaurant named for the Yankee great. Afterwards, hop on the subway going further uptown to the historic neighborhood of Harlem. The B/D train to 155th Street takes you to the Polo Grounds Community Center, past site of the legendary Polo Grounds stadium and current home to the Rucker Park basketball courts, where top NBA-bound talents frequently show off their stuff. For dinner, head back southwest for soul food at the great Sylvia’s or barbecue at Dinosaur BBQ.


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Central Park

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Location:

Central Park Driveway
The Central Park Conservancy
New York, NY 10022

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tel: +1 212 310 6600
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Mickey Mantle's

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Location:

42 Central Park South
59th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10019

Contact:

tel: 1 212 688 7777
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Harlem

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Location:

96th-155th Street
New York, NY 10027

Contact:

tel: +1 212 427 7200 (Tourist Information)
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Polo Grounds Community Center

Location:

2965 Eighth Avenue
at Frederick Douglass Boulevard
New York, NY 10039

Contact:

tel: (212) 491-6127


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Sylvia's

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Location:

328 Lenox Avenue
(between 126th and 127th streets)
New York, NY 10027

Contact:

tel: 1 212 996 0660
fax: 1 212 427 6389
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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

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Location:

700 west 125th st
At Twelfth Ave
New York, NY 10027

Contact:

tel: 1 212 694 1777
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Day 4 - Queens, Woodside


Even if you’re not Maria Sharapova, you can still head to Queens and grunt your heart out on the courts of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, home of the U.S. Open Championships. For ten months out of the year, the center’s many courts are open to the public. After a good workout (or after a day session at the tournament, held in early September), take advantage of some of the great dining and nightlife options that Queens has to offer, including outstanding (and cheap) Thai food at Sripraphai or beers under the stars at Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden.


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USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

Location:

49th Avenue
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY 11368

Contact:

tel: 718 760-6200
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Sripraphai

Location:

64-13 39th Avenue
Woodside
Woodside, NY 11377

Contact:

tel: 1 718 899 9599
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