Sights to See

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First, let me start off by saying that the two major must sees while your in the city this year are Yankee Stadium, in the Bronx, and Coney Island, in Brooklyn. The reason I say this is because they are tearing down both. This is your last chance to see history before it is destroyed by the human hand.

Thats right, the house that Ruth built will be no more, now it will be the house that Derick Jeter and A-rod built with Steinbrenners (New Stadium Photo)  

The Yankees' desire to move to a new stadium dates back to the 1980's, where Yankee owner George Steinbrenner publicly considered a move of the franchise to a safer area of the New York City metropolitan area, even the possibility of moving the team across the Hudson River over to New Jersey.

The South Bronx was considered a bad neighborhood and techincially its still not the most desireable place to live in the city. However, in the 1990s, with the team becoming successful on the field, attendance increased dramatically. With the large number of people coming to the Bronx, and the increased security in the area on game days, the public safety situation became less of a problem, and thoughts turned to a new or renovated stadium in the Bronx.

Days before leaving office in December 2001, New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani announced "tentative agreements" for both the New York Yankees and New York Mets to build a $5 billion stadium. Well its going down now, so take a tour of the stadiums or catch a game while your in town. Here is the site for Yankee stadium tours http://newyork. Sorry Met fans, Im from Brooklyn and were BIG YANKEE fans over here, so if you want to find out Met related tours and games....GOOGLE IT. hahaha.

So as I said earlier, Coney Island is being torn down as well. The plan is to tear it down after the summer season, in an effort to revilatize the area... So go out and get yourself a Nathans hotdog, jump on the Ferris Wheel or the Cyclone, and enjoy...

Anyway, the developers plan to build a glittering resort paradise right next to the Coney Island boardwalk (pictured above), a retail and entertainment colossus every bit as outrageous and flamboyant as the Bahamas’ Atlantis. The plan includes megaplexes. An indoor water park. A 500-room, four-star hotel•four stars, in Coney Island!•and, at the center of it all, an enormous, psychedelic carousel laced with visual cues to a Coney Island that Timothy Leary could have dreamed up.

Equally spectacular, they hope, will be a blimp that will take off from the complex’s roof, carrying tourists on joyrides over the city as it flashes the resort’s name in giant technicolor letters: THE BOARDWALK AT CONEY ISLAND. That sounds pretty cool, but it also sounds super commercial...

<-- South Street Seaport

This place is pretty cool during the spring/summer months because of all the concerts and events that they hold there. There are also tons of little shops and restaurants to eat at. Some recommended sites there are:

Bodies...The Exhibition - 11 Fulton Street, NY, NY 888-9BODIES. This is an exhibit of, you guessed it, real human bodies. Pretty graphic if you ask me... I went when it first opened and was grossed out...hahaha. However, I must admit that it was very educational and interesting to see how complex we really are. Worth a visit. They are open M-Th 10am-7pm and Fri-Sun 10am-10pm. The cost is $26.50 for adults, $22.50 for seniors, and $20.50 for kids, but Im going to hook you up for reading my bolg. Mention Promotion code SEASON08 and recieve $6 off your ticket or visit this site for details (offer good until 05/31/08). You see dont ever say I didnt give back to my community.

Amazonia Brazil - Peir 17, Fulton Street, NY, NY.  You can stroll through a 13,000 sq foot recreation of the Brazilian Rainforest and meet with natives, who will try and sell you brazilian wares. This event is going on until 07/13/08. Wed-Sat from 10-7pm and Sun 11am -6pm. The event is free.

Sequioa Restaurant - Pier 17, Fulton Street, NY, NY (last stairs up at the end of the pier) - What a great place to celebrate after work on a Friday (5pm on). I go here several times throughout the spring and summer with my friends. They have drink specials, good music, and great appetizers or food. The best part is that its by the water, so the views are exceptional. Soul Latino promotes this event, but its far from a Latin only crowd. The mix is pretty good, besides who wouldnt want to meet a nice latin mami or Its $10 if you dont have a discount flyer. However, here I go hooking you up again. Visit their site for flyer to get in for free They also promote other events around the city so give them a look for further details.

******************THIS WEEK ONLY*** NFL Draft*******************

The NFL is headquartered in NYC... I think its somewhere on Park Avenue, so they are going to host the Draft picks here this year. There will be a FREE preview party at the Winter Garden, World Financial Center, 200 Vesey Street, on Friday 04/25/08 at noon. Jamie Dukes is going to host this event, which will feature Jets & Giants players (no New England players as you can see, because they are big losers). You can also take a look at the prospects before the draft. You can also visit Fan Central on 51st Street, between 6th & 7th Avenue, on Saturday 04/25/08 to get player autographs, play games, and win prizes, such as two tickets to be at the Draft itself. The draft is being held on Saturday in Radio City music hall. Sweet!!!!


More to follow, but you could always add events, or ask me directly for any advice....

vulindlela says:
Good stuff!
I plan on going to back to back Mets and Yankee games this summer.
Posted on: Mar 18, 2008
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