New York City Sports and Recreation

New York City Sports and RecreationWorld-famous landmarks, Broadway shows and Fifth Avenue shopping destinations aren't the only things The Big Apple does big – New York City knows how to keep its sports fans happy: with over ten professional sports teams, dozens of parks, and possibly hundreds of recreation activities available.

 

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Pro Sports

New Jersey Devils
Check out one of the most winning teams in professional sports, period. The New Jersey Devils have gone 18 straight seasons over .500 – this is the longest streak of its kind by any team in any of the four major sports: football, baseball, basketball and hockey. Records like this mean you know you're in for some hard-hitting sports action at one of these games.

Address: Prudential Center, 165 Mulberry St., Newark, NJ 07102 - MAP
Phone: (973) 757-6100
Web: www.devils.nhl.com

New Jersey Nets
The New Jersey Nets is a professional basketball team that plays in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the NBA. The team has been to the NBA playoffs twice but lost both times, in 2002 to the Los Angeles Lakers and in 2003 to the San Antonio Spurs. The Nets currently play in the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey but are anticipating a relocation to Brooklyn, NYC once the new Barclays Center is complete.

Address: Prudential Center, 165 Mulberry St., Newark, NJ 07102 - MAP
Phone: (201) 935-8888
Web: www.njnets.com

New York Giants
Another of NYC's record setting teams is the New York Giants. The Giants have been NFC division champions fifteen times. The sports team ranks third among all NFL franchises with seven championship titles. The NYG represent the New York metropolitan area and share the MetLife Stadium with the New York Jets.

Address: MetLife Stadium, 102 Route 120,
East Rutherford, NJ 07073 - MAP
Web: www.giants.com

New York Islanders
The New York Islanders are one of three professional hockey teams representing the New York metropolitan area. The sports team was founded in 1972 and is part of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the NHL. The Islanders won the Stanley Cup four consecutive times between 1980 and 1983. Hall of Fame players include Al Arbour, Mike Bossy, Clark Gillies, Denis Potvin, Billy Smith, Bill Torrey, Brian Trottier and most recently, Pat LaFontaine.

Address: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY 11553 - MAP
Phone: (516) 501-6700
Web: www.islanders.nhl.com

New York Jets
Catch the New York Jets in action on the field at the MetLife Stadium. This NFL franchise represents the NYC metropolitan area along with the New York Giants, and boasts four division titles and one Super Bowl Championship. Hall of Famers include Joe Namath, Don Maynard, John Riggins, Art Monk and Ronnie Lott.

Address: MetLife Stadium, 102 Route 120,
East Rutherford, NJ 07073 - MAP
Web: www.newyorkjets.com

New York Knicks
Watch the New York Knicks hit the court at the world-famous Madison Square Garden. This renown NBA franchise has made it to the playoffs approximately 39 times. Despite their numerous playoff appearances, the sports team has only won the NBA finals twice, both times defeating the Los Angeles Lakers. Will Bellamy, Patrick Ewing, Walt Frazier and Willis Reed have all been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Address: Madison Square Garden, Two Pennsylvania Plaza,
New York, NY, 10121 - MAP
Phone: (877) NYK-DUNK
Web: www.nba.com

New York Liberty
The New York Liberty is a franchise of the WNBA based out of New York City. Since making its debut in 1997, the Liberty has missed the playoffs only four times in 14 seasons. The team has won 3 conference championships and has competed in the WNBA Finals four times. Despite being one of the most successful teams in WNBA history, the New York Liberty has yet to clench the WNBA Championship. Hall of Famers include Teresa Weatherspoon and Rebecca Lobo.

Address: Prudential Center, 165 Mulberry St., Newark, NJ 07102 - MAP
Phone: (877) WNBA-TIX
Web: www.wnba.com

New York Mets
The New York Mets is a Major League Baseball team based in the borough of Queens in NYC. Since the sports team began playing in 1962, they have won five East Division titles, four National League pennants and two World Series titles. Richie Ashburn, Yogi Berra, Rickey Henderson, Willie Mays, Eddie Murray, Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Duke Snider, Warren Spahn and Casey Stengel have all been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Address: Citi Field, Roosevelt Ave., Flushing, NY 11368 - MAP
Phone: (718) 507-TIXX
Web: www.newyork.mets.mlb.com

New York Rangers
The New York Rangers is a hockey team based in NYC and is part of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the NHL. The team was founded in 1926 and is considered one of the oldest teams in the league. In the 1927-1928 season, the Rangers became the first franchise to win the Stanley Cup. They have since won the championship three more times: 1932-1933, 1939-1940 and 1993-1994.

Address: Madison Square Garden, Two Pennsylvania Plaza,
New York, NY, 10121 - MAP
Phone: (212) 465-6000
Web: www.rangers.nhl.com

New York Red Bulls
Helping to bring the buzz of professional soccer here to the States, the New York Red Bulls have helped establish Major League Soccer. The team plays out of NYC and home games take place at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. The team has won two Eastern Division titles but have yet to win an MLS Cup. Roberto Donadoni, Lothar Matthaus, Adolfo Valencia, Youri Djorkaeff and Amado Guevara have all played for the Red Bulls.

Address: 600 Cape May St., Harrison, NJ 07029 - MAP
Phone: (877) 727-6223
Web: www.newyorkredbulls.com

New York Yankees
See the world-famous New York Yankees dominate the baseball diamond. This franchise of MLB has more championships than any other North American professional sports franchise. Throughout the years, the team has won 40 American League Pennants and 27 World Series championships. 44 Yankees have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, including the game's most celebrated players Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Whitey Ford and Mickey Mantle.

Address: Yankee Stadium, 161st St. & River Ave., Bronx, NY 10452 - MAP
Phone: (718) 293-4300
Web: www.newyork.yankees.mlb.com

 

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Hiking, Biking & Trails

Van Cortlandt Park
Spend a day exploring the recreation trails at Van Cortlandt Park. The park is home to five trails that stretch out over a mile, meaning you have plenty to explore on an excursion here. There are also other amenities at the park, including tennis and basketball courts, playgrounds, running tracks, barbecue areas and lots more.

Address: Van Cortlandt Park S., between Broadway & Jerome Ave.,
Bronx, NY 10463 - MAP
Web: www.nycgovparks.org

Prospect Park
Get an escape from the city while you're in the middle of Brooklyn at Prospect Park. You'll find a handful of recreational trails throughout the park, along with playgrounds, places to fish, an Audubon Center, the Prospect Park Wildlife Center, Lefferts Historic House and a new Lakeside Center under construction.

Address: Parkside Ave. between Flatbush Ave., Ocean Ave. & Prospect Park SW, Brooklyn, NY - MAP
Web: www.prospectpark.org

Alley Pond Park
You'll find a number of trails weaving their way through Alley Pond Park. The park boasts some of the largest tulip, beech and oak trees in the city, and you can explore them all as you traverse the recreation trails throughout. If hiking isn't your thing, hang out at the Alley Pond Nature Center or the playgrounds.

Address: Union Turnpike, between Springfield Blvd., Douglaston Pkwy., & Hanford St., Queens, NY - MAP
Web: www.nycgovparks.org

Forest Park
Explore five miles of recreation trails at Forest Park, located between Brooklyn and Queens. This park offers everything, from basketball to tennis, a skate park, a nature center and a slew of other outdoor recreation amenities. With so much to do, you won't get bored spending the day here.

Address: Myrtle Ave., Union Turnpike, Park Lane South between the Brooklyn-Queens County Line and Park Lane, Queens, NY - MAP
Web: www.nycgovparks.org

Latourette Park
Get your comfortable hiking shoes and get ready to set out on over 32 miles of trails at Latourette Park. These recreation trails work their way throughout the park's 843-acre expanse, where you'll see a variety of untouched vegetation, the on-site golf course, and more natural beauty than you ever thought you could find in a hustle and bustle city like New York.

Address: Forest Hill Rd., London Rd., Rockland Ave., Arthur Kill Rd.,
Staten Island, NY - MAP
Web: www.nycgovparks.org

greenways
Grab your bike and get going on one of the various greenways you'll find throughout New York City. These greenways will take you through Brooklyn and Queens, through Jamaica Bay, all along the Manhattan waterfront and beyond. Pick the first greenway you want to conquer and start from there!

Web: www.nycgovparks.org

Bike the Big Apple
Work out while you tour the city on a Bike the Big Apple tour. This unique experience offers you the chance to not only see NYC's most popular sights, but you'll also get to explore the neighborhoods throughout the city in a more up-close manner. From the Brooklyn Bridge to the city skyline, Chinatown to the Financial District, you'll see it all on one of these recreational biking tours.

Phone: (347) 878-9809
Web: www.bikethebigapple.com

Central Park Bike Tours
See all of iconic Central Park from the seat of your bicycle on a Central Park Bike Tours. Rent a bike and set out on your own or discover the city on a guided tour, whichever you choose, you'll have the opportunity to see sights throughout the city like Times Square, Harlem, Ground Zero, Greenwich, Battery Park, Brooklyn, and much more.

Phone: (212) 541-8759
Web: www.centralparkbiketours.com

Also...

Bike Rental Central Park

Address: 348 W 57 ST New York NY, 10019 - MAP
Phone: (212) 664-9600
Web: www.bikerentalcentralpark.com

 

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Watersports

Village Divers
When you think of New York City and its surrounding areas, you don't really think much of water recreation like diving. The people at Village Divers are here to tell you that the waters around the city are full of booming wildlife and shipwrecks that make incredible underwater sights to see. Get certified at Village Divers and head out for the underwater excursion of a lifetime.

Address: 125 E 4th St., New York, NY 10003 - MAP
Phone: (212) 780-0879
Web: www.villagedivers.com

Manhattan Kayak Company
Head to the Manhattan Kayak Company and set out on a water sports adventure on the Hudson River. Don't know how to kayak? No problem! The pros here have got you covered, and are ready to teach you everything you need to know about the sport. Seize the opportunity to experience the city in a whole new way.

Phone: (212) 924-1788
Web: www.manhattankayak.com

New York City Water Trail
Make a splash in NYC by exploring the New York City Water Trail. You'll find that The Big Apple is full of places to enjoy watersports and recreation, from the Hudson River to the Bayside Marina and various beaches throughout the city.

Web: www.nycgovparks.org

boating
If the water is calling your name but you're not sure where to go, take a look at these city-wide boating destinations. From boat rentals to where to launch, marinas, ferries, and paddleboats, all of your New York City water recreation questions will be answered here.

Web: www.nycgovparks.org

 

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Plenty Of Thrills

Sky Dive Long Island
You're in for the thrill of a lifetime when you step off the plane and into your extreme sports adventure with Skydive Long Island. Conquer your fear of heights and falling as you soar through the sky with careful guidance by the instructors here. As you free fall, you'll see the sights of NYC and everything surrounding from an aerial perspective.

Address: 525 Jan Way, Calverton, NY 11933 - MAP
Phone: (631) 208-3900
Web: www.skydivelongisland.com

NYC Paintball & Laser Tag
Recreational warfare awaits at NYC Paintball & Laser Tag. Bring your competitive side and your war tactics as you battle it out on the paintball fields or in the laser tag facilities – or both if you've got plenty of energy! You'll love the adrenaline rush of the games here.

Address: 47-11 Van Dam Street, Long Island City, NY 11101 - MAP
Phone: (718) 361-8337
Web: www.newyorkcitypaintball.com

NYC skateparks
Get ready to shred some skate ramps and half pipes at one of these NYC skate parks. You'll find a skateboarding hangout in every borough of the city with all the skating necessities even a pro would need. Practice your kick flips and get ready to show off at these New York City skateparks.

Web: www.nycgovparks.org

 

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Leisure

tennis
If tennis is your favorite way to relax and blow off steam, then you'll be thrilled to know that there are dozens of places around the city where you can enjoy your favorite sport. Check out these area tennis facilities, then grab your racket and your best skills and get ready to dominate the court at an NYC tennis destination.

Web: www.nycgovparks.org

Bowlmor Lanes
Head to Bowlmor Lanes in Union Square for bowling and all kinds of indoor recreation. Hit up the lanes and bowl strikes all night long, or have some fun playing favorites like bocce ball, shuffleboard, air hockey, miniature golf, and foosball at the Greenwich Village Country Club located above. You'll spend hours having fun here.

Address: 110 University Place, New York, NY 10003 - MAP
Phone: (212) 255-8188
Web: www.bowlmor.com

Frames
Get dressed up for drinks, dinner, dancing, and bowling at Frames. Sure, bowling sounds like maybe it doesn't fit in with the aforementioned activities; however, this unique club and bowling facility ties it all together perfectly. Just call it a unique, nightlife recreation experience.

Address: 550 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10018 - MAP
Phone: (212) 268-6909
Web: www.framesnyc.com

Soho Billiards
If you're hanging out in the neighborhood, stop by for some fun at Soho Billiards. Indulge in the full bar as you show off your pool shark skills on one of 28 tables. Not in the mood for pool? Check out a sports game on one of the televisions or order a snack from the menu while you sip a beer.

Address: 298 Mulberry St., New York, NY 10012 - MAP
Phone: (212) 925-3753
Web: www.sohobilliardsny.com

Society Billiards
Games of pool and cocktails go hand in hand at Society Billiards. This billiard bar has put a new twist on the average pool hall, with delectable treats and an upscale environment. You'll love the atmosphere at this unique nightlife and recreation hang out.

Address: 10 East 21st St., New York, NY 10010 - MAP
Phone: (212) 420-1000
Web: www.societybilliards.com

Tropical 128
You'll feel like you're in the jungle as you play pool at Tropical 128. With tropical décor, including a koi pond, this billiard bar offers an escape from the regular bar scene. While you're here, be sure to try one of their sumptuous items from the food menu or a signature cocktail, made from fresh-squeezed juice.

Address: 128 Elizabeth St., New York, NY 10013 - MAP
Phone: (646) 704-3960
Web: www.tropical128.com

fishing
Sure, New York City is the biggest city in the country but it isn't lacking in its fair share of fishing holes. If you love to fish, check out some of The Big Apple's best places to cast a line.

Web: www.nycgovparks.org