Get out and play some billards
Shooting billards is a great way to get out of the normal rountine of just dinner and drinks, so usually when we are out in the city we wind up finding a billard hall.
It takes practice and some basic techinques to get it right, but my boyfriend is really good and has been playing for many years (he's good at a host of other things as well), so he's a great teacher. He says its all in how you hold your stick and how you stand...
We always have a great time when we are out playing...
The secret of sports travel in New York City
Travel to the major sports venues in New York could not be much easier. For Tennis - the US Open in particular - you take the 7 - Flushing train out of Grand Central Station ... the train stops right at the National Tennis Center ... which is also the stop for Mets & Giants fans - Shea Stadium.
Yankees fans take the 6 train to the Bronx - again, it stops right at the Statium.
Basketball & Hockey at Madison Sqaure Garden is right in the center of Manhattan at 34th street and 7th avenue ... almost any subway will get you there ...1,2,3,9,A,E,F ...
Equipment: If you come to NYC for any reason, sports or otherwise, get a weekly Metro Card ... good for unlimited rides ... it's only $21 and can be purchased with your ATM card in any subway station.
Finest summer sport...chess on the grass
It was quite surprising to me to find a Croquet court in the middle of central park.
As a keen player of the game, I was a little disappointed that I didn't get chance to play last time I was in New York - but next time..
If you have never seen the game before, it is well worth finding out if tou have a local club - they are nearly always looking for new members.
If you are a player from abroad then I suggest you settle if you are playing American Rules, or proper and correct Association rules.
The game takes little physical effort, and so is more akin to a game like Snooker or Chess.
The season in New York runs from May 1 to November 7; Requirements: Permits Needed
Permits can be obtained in Room 1
(basement) at the Arsenal. Office hours are
9:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday,
and Saturday 9:00am to 12pm
(Saturday hours are valid for April, May
and June only)
Equipment: In Central park I think you have to provide your own equipment
All over Chinatown and the areas around, you can see people mostly of Asian origin who enjoy their start into the day being active - they do Tai Chi or some other kind of gymnastics, sometimes accompanied by music from a cassette recorder. While this clearly is something for elderly people and I'm not sure whether anyone could just join them there, another possibility is to go jogging or to play volleyball or badminton in the morning. As my host left for work early everyday, I had to get up with him at 7.00am and spent those early hours walking around his neighbourhood. At the ramp to Manhattan Bridge, I met many young people playing volleyball or badminton. In a little park which itself is quite ugly, volleyball fields are open to everybody to play there. A jogging path passes by so that you can decided spontaneously which sport to do! ;)
Equipment: As these are ways to be active outside a sports club, you have to bring the suitable equipment yourself.
Soccer, baseball, football, and ground sports. There are little grassy areas in neighborhoods from 42nd St going up north to the end. They are all caged to keep the activities out of the street, and the people out of the activities. Therefore, fences are high to mitigate a ball going over and out.Related to:
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Sail the Hudson
The Manhattan Sailing club, in Battery Park City, has access to the Hudson via the North Cove Marina. Great clubhouse, platform with bar on the water and J24/J21 races three days per week!
[update March 2015 - after a horrible coup, the sailing club is now located in New Jersey, accross the river - the story on how they ended up there: http://blog.blanquart.be/money-sails-brookfield-operates-north-cove-marina/]Related to:
- Water Sports
East River Park
a park where there are a lot of different things to pass the time, watching a beautiful view, play soccer, take a bike ride, or as many New York living will, run, and fish, perhaps, there is a lot to do and see here.
Equipment: good shoesRelated to:
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I'm not a big basketball fan, but I enjoyed looking at the merchandise. On the wall you can put your hand in Shaq's, Vince Carter's, Jason Kidd's and other star's handprints.
Try not to buy anything if you're on a budget. It's pretty expensive in there.
Watch World Sports at McCormick's Pub
McCormick's Pub is the best place to watch English and Scottish Football, World Rugby, and Irish Hurling in the city of New York. Open early on Saturday mornings, you can get a cheap, and I must say filling, breakfast served the Irish way while watching EPL soccer.
Equipment: None, bring and appetite and money for food and pints.Related to:
- Beer Tasting
City Parks and Recreation Gyms
if your staying in the city for an extended length of time you could buy a membership for the city gyms. membership is valid at any of the locations, found in each borough, and is only 75$ for a year. the one i use is in manhattan, at 58 and 11avenue. there is a pool, gym, basketball courts and lockers and showers. nothing fancy. great deal for the price though.
Watching the big game
If you want a good place to watch a game, try ESPN Zone in Times Square. I am totally against Times Square, but if all you want to do is watch a game, this is the place. Just don't eat here - the food is below average and overpriced. My suggestion is to hang out in the bar near all the TVs.
If you are lucky, a sports star may be making an appearance here.
NY on air
Recommended by trotador, here in VT, i took the helicopter, be prepare for great emmnotions if you love ny. i lost weight!
thanks trotti, the views were amazing.
Equipment: whatevever cause you have to leave all in the lokers. i was going with a nice beach hat (see shooping my shopping guide)
-65.50+taxes+locker, 5-7 minutes
*$111 (all included) 10-12 minutes
I didn't really expect to see Rugby in New York but there you go.....this game was in the front area of Columbia University. I'd love to have joined in too.
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