The Sports Teams of New York City

The number of sports teams in New York City indicates how their citizens LOVE their sports! And they definitely support these sports teams a lot because many have been around a VERY long time.

Up first is baseball:

Here are some of the heroes that played for their pro baseball teams.

1. Babe Ruth (New York Yankees) was a home run champ.

2. Micky Mantle (New York Yankees)

3. As a team, the Yankees won 27 World Series Championships.

4. Of note, Jackie Robinson (Brooklyn Dodgers) broke the color barrier in baseball.

5. Who can forget the great Joe DiMaggio?

6. New York Mets were the “Mazing Mets” or the “Miracle Mets” in 1969 when they won the World Series that year.

Next, it’s NFL football:

Amazingly New York City supports two National Football League (NFL) sports teams!

1. The New York Giants played the “Greatest Game Ever Played,” in 1958. They lost an epic title game to the Baltimore Colts. But that game launched NFL football to become one of America’s most popular sports.

The Giants have won Super Bowls led by Jeff Hostetler, Phil Simms and Eli Manning in a league where repeats are very difficult and very hard to come by.

2. As the for the New York Jets, down the way, Joe Namath (Broadway Joe) led a plucky crew to win Super Bowl III.

The Giants and the Jets have shared the same stadium since the 1980s.

How about them New York Rangers?

The New York Rangers are one of the Original Six in the National Hockey League (NHL). They’ve won the NHL’s biggest prize, the Stanley Cup, two times, in 1940 and 1994.

In basketball, it’s the New York Knicks.

The New York Knicks are the the most valuable franchise in the NBA, worth approximately $3.3 billion.

In Soccer, New York has several teams of different divisions.

In Major League Soccer (MLS), the team is called the New York City FC.

They are jointly owned by the English club Manchester City F.C. and the baseball team, the New York Yankees.

For womens’ soccer, New Yorkers cheer for the National Women’s Soccer League team that is called Sky Blue FC.

In tennis, there’s ONE big tournament.

In tennis there is a BIG tournament called the U.S. Tennis Open. This tournament is the fourth and final event of Grand Slam tennis tournaments held in late summer at the Queens’ USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

The main tournament has five championships: men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles, with additional tournaments for junior and wheelchair players.

These are the major professional sports teams that represent and entertain New York City. Wouldn’t it be cool to attend any of their games LIVE just because you won a Free 3-day trip to New York City from NYCityVacay.com?

 

 

 

 

 

New York City Festivals

Hi, I’m back with a new article about some of the festivals that might be on depending on when you want to make your trip to New York City (after winning our contest of course! Sign up here if you haven’t already!)

Here’s some familiar New York City festivals and not so familiar ones.  You’ll find out what’s going on during the year at our NYCityVacay Facebook Fanpage. Go there when you’re curious about what New Yorkers are up to at any given time of the year!

I listed one for each month of the year, if applicable:

1) January Winter Jazzfest

It’s a two-night jazz marathoners featuring well known jazz musicians and new up-an-comers. You buy one ticket to attend as many shows as you want during this musical marathon.

Here’s their suggested lineup for 2017:

(Video cortesy of youtube channel for http://www.winterjazzfest.com/)

2) February Central Park Ice Festival

What could be more fun than watching a bunch of artists and technicians create something WONDERFUL in the middle of winter for you to feast your eyes upon!

Be sure to be dressed warmly now!

And of course before and after you view the icy sculptures, take a stroll in Central Park.

3) March  St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Every March 17, it starts at 11 AM ET and runs along 5th ave. It can start anywhere on the street so check before going.

Celebrations continue long into the night!

(Video courtesy of Talon Sei on Youtube)

4) April Tribeca Film Festival

This is actor Robert Diniro’s baby.

He shows “buzzworthy premieres, under-the-radar docs and breakout indies.” Passes are priced as high as $1,250 for total access to all events and talks to as low as  $10 for matinees and $21 for evening and weekend attendance.

This is truly one of the premier events among New York City festivals!

Visit this special event the last week in April.

5) May (and September) Washington Square Art Exhibit

Actually this event is held on two weekends in May and June for Memorial Day Weekend and also in September for two weekends starting on Labour Day weekend.

This art exhibit is a sidewalk show, not a street fair.

It showcases fine artists and craft artisans from around the New York metropolitan area and also attracts other American and International artists. People come from all over to view the work of these artists and artisans.

http://www.wsoae.org/

6) July 4th of July Fireworks

Come celebrate America’s birthday with a wonderful and famous display of Macy’s $1 Million fireworks at the Hudson River (east river).

Get there early!

7) October New York City Comedy Festival

Many of the worlds greatest and funniest comedians come from or first got started in this city. So it’s no surprise that this would be a much sought after event among New York City festivals.

This one rolls in in October every year.  Plan well because locals love their comedy and buy up the tickets!

(Video courtesy of TBS on Youtube)

http://nycomedyfestival.com/

8) November NYC Craft Beer Festival

Early November, first weekend of November. You’ll be able to sample some 150 rare and seasonal brews, ciders and meads from American and international brewers.

Find out more at http://nyccraftbeerfest.com

9) Also in November,  we can’t forget the New York City Marathon! New Yorker happily support the 30,000 marathoners who flock to the city every year.

It’s held the 1st weekend of November.

10) December Christmas Tree Lighting  at Rockerfeller Center occurs on the first week of December.

11) December 31 at Midnight.

You cannot forget about New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Times Square! Here’s what it was like in 2016: