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Hidden Sports Gems

Destination(s): New York City

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) read more about Hidden Sports Gems

Best Western Seaport Inn

Best Western Seaport Inn

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

  • Off South Street Viaduct
  • Park Row, near Municipal Building
  • tel:212 484 1200 (Tourist information)
  • Visit website
  • New York, 11201

Opened in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. It stretches 5,989 feet (1825 meters) across the East River and connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. At the time of its construction, it was the largest suspension bridge in the world and the first steel-wire suspension bridge. The bridge was designed by the New Jersey architect John Augustus Roebling, who died before construction began after he contracted tetanus from a wound sustained in a ferry accident during surveys for the bridge project. Built from limestone, granite, and cement, the Brooklyn Bridge is an example of Gothic-style architecture, with its characteristic pointed arches topping twin passageways through huge stone towers. Because Roebling designed a bridge and truss system six times stronger than he thought it needed to be, the Brooklyn Bridge is still standing, while many other bridges built around the same time have had to be replaced.

In the past, the inside lanes of traffic on the bridge carried the elevated trains of the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transport (BMT) Corporation from stations in Brooklyn to a terminal at Manhattan's Park Row. Streetcars shared the other lanes with other traffic until the elevated trains stopped using the bridge in 1944 and the streetcars moved to the center lanes. Six years later, the streetcars also stopped running, and the bridge was rebuilt to its present configuration, with six lanes of automobile traffic. A separate walkway runs along the centerline for pedestrians and bicyclists, and boasts some of the best views of the Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines. read more about Brooklyn Bridge

Central Park

Central Park

  • 14 East 60th Street
  • The Central Park Conservancy
  • tel:+1 212 310 6600
  • Visit website
  • New York, 10022

The idea for Central Park was born in 1858, which a competition was held to choose a design for what would be the first public park built in America. The winners were Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, whose Greensward plan proposed an entirely man-made park that would be intended only for public use, as a refuge from the relentless rhythms of New York City's already overcrowded streets. It took more than 15 years and $14 million (the equivalent of about $200 million today) to build the Park, with its 843 acres and six-mile perimeter extending from Central Park West to Fifth Avenue and from 59th Street to 110th Street. Those 843 acres include 136 acres of woodlands, 250 acres of lawns, and 7 different bodies of water totaling some 150 acres.

Starting in 1980, a public-private partnership between New York City and the Central Park Conservancy restored and preserved Central Park, and attendance has only been rising in recent years. Now, more than 25 million visitors per year stroll its 58 miles of pedestrian paths, go horseback riding on 4.5 miles of bridle paths, bike or jog on its 6.5 miles of winding roads, or simply relax on the grass or on the nearly 9,000 benches provided. The famous Tavern on the Green restaurant - the location of the finish line for the New York City Marathon - was originally a sheepfold, housing the shepherd and the flock that grazed Sheeps Meadow until 1934. In nice weather, the still lush meadow now welcomes hordes of sunbathers, picnickers, and people-watchers, all of whom enjoy lounging underneath some of the only sky in Manhattan unmarked by tall buildings. Other special features of the park include the Central Park Carousel, the Marionette Theater, the Central Park Wildlife Center, the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, the Delacorte Theater, the Great Lawn, the Central Park Zoo, the Henry Luce Nature Observatory, Wollman Rink, Lasker Rink, the Loeb Boathouse, and the North Meadow. read more about Central Park

USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

  • 49th Avenue
  • Flushing Meadows Corona Park
  • tel:718 760-6200
  • Visit website
  • Queens, 11368
South Street Seaport

South Street Seaport

  • 12 Fulton St
  • Fulton & South Streets
  • tel:+1 212 732 7678
  • Visit website
  • New York, 10038

This historic trading port, which dates back to the 1600s, is located on the edge of the Financial District, where Fulton Street meets the East River. It was restored and revitalized for tourist use in the late 1960s, and now boasts more than 120 shops, restaurants, and bars, as well as the South Street Seaport Museum, the Pier 17 Pavilion, and the New York City Police Museum. Visitors to the Seaport will also find some of the oldest architecture in downtown Manhattan, including renovated original mercantile buildings from the early 19th century, renovated sailing ships, and the former Fulton Fish Market.

With its cobblestone streets and broad piers, South Street Seaport offers a welcome escape from the congested, skyscraper-lined streets of downtown. There are usually free outdoor performances going on - check out a number of prominent and up-and-coming acts at the outdoor stage set up in the summertime - and the cool breezes, fun people-watching, and beautiful views of the Brooklyn Bridge can all be enjoyed for free. read more about South Street Seaport

Gleason's Gym

Gleason's Gym

  • 77 Front Street
  • between Main Street and Washington Street
  • tel:(718) 797-2872
  • Visit website
  • Brooklyn, 11201
Mickey Mantle's

Mickey Mantle's

  • 42 Central Park South
  • 59th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue
  • tel:1 212 688 7777
  • Visit website
  • New York, 10019
Sripraphai

Sripraphai

  • 64-13 39th Avenue
  • Woodside
  • tel:1 718 899 9599
  • Visit website
  • Woodside, 11377
Sports Museum of America

Sports Museum of America

  • 26 Broadway
  • Beaver Street
  • tel:(212) 747-0900
  • Visit website
  • New York, 10004
Empire - Fulton Ferry State Park

Empire - Fulton Ferry State Park

  • 26 New Dock Street
  • tel:+1 718 858 4708
  • Visit website
  • New York, 11201
Harlem

Harlem

  • 96th-155th Street
  • tel:+1 212 427 7200 (Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • New York, 10027
Staten Island Ferry

Staten Island Ferry

  • 1 Bay Street
  • Departs from the Whitehall Ferry Terminal at the southern tip of Manhattan
  • tel:+1 718 390 5253
  • Visit website
  • New York, 10301
Red Hook Ball Fields

Red Hook Ball Fields

Polo Grounds Community Center

Polo Grounds Community Center

  • 2965 Eighth Avenue
  • at Frederick Douglass Boulevard
  • tel:(212) 491-6127
  • New York, 10039
Richmond County Bank Ballpark - Staten Island Yankees

Richmond County Bank Ballpark - Staten Island Yankees

  • 75 Richmond Terrace
  • tel:(718) 720-9265
  • Visit website
  • Staten Island, 10301
Sylvia's

Sylvia's

  • 328 Lenox Avenue
  • (between 126th and 127th streets)
  • tel:1 212 996 0660
  • Visit website
  • New York, 10027
Bridge Cafe

Bridge Cafe

  • 279 Water Street (at Dover St)
  • tel:1 212 227 3344
  • Visit website
  • New York, 10038

The simple wood-framed building housing the Bridge Café (once home to a brothel) was erected in 1794, long before the nearby Brooklyn Bridge. Today, the Bridge Café bills itself as "the oldest drinking establishment in New York"--it also offers a well-regarded menu of favorites like lobster rolls and soft-shell crabs (in-season), in-bone rib eye steaks, crab cakes and its famous buffalo steak, served with lingonberry sauce and house-made potato gnocchi.  read more about Bridge Cafe

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

  • 700 west 125th st
  • At Twelfth Ave
  • tel:1 212 694 1777
  • Visit website
  • New York, 10027