NYC is pumped to be in the center of it all for Super Bowl 2014. This is the first outdoor cold weather game in Super Bowl history, at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey (formerly Giants Stadium). History was made by me at this very stadium in 1989 when I saw The Who perform as a wee lassie. I stayed out all night outside Tower Records to be the first on line to get tickets, back in the days before the good ole internet. Back in the days of actual record stores. And The Who played Super Bowl XLIV in 2010, so it all comes full circle. Sorta.
New York City has a bunch of compelling activities planned to get us all in the football spirit, so here’s my list of the Top 5 Super Bowl Events in NYC:
- Ride a seven story slide at the Tobaggan Run on Super Bowl Boulevard! This whopper is 60 feet tall, 180 feet long, and 8-lanes wide.
Date: January 29-February 1, 2014
For four days, Broadway from 34th to 47th Streets will be transformed into Super Bowl Boulevard, with super cool Super Bowl themed experiences. Tickets are $5 per ride and all proceeds will benefit MillionTreesNYC. You’ll also be able to see the Lombardi Trophy, snap a photo in front of the giant Super Bowl XLVIII Roman numerals, get some autographs from current and former NFL players (daily, noon-6pm), and check out some great concerts (daily, 8-10pm). Super Bowl Boulevard will be open from 12-10pm.
Location: Broadway from 34th to 47th Streets
- Gridiron Greats: Vintage Football Cards in the Collection of Jefferson R. Burdick at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Through February 10, 2014
On the occasion of the 2014 Super Bowl—the first ever played in the New York area—the Metropolitan Museum of Art will display a selection of vintage football cards from the celebrated collection of Jefferson R. Burdick (1900–1963). In 1947, the Syracuse electrician began to donate his collection of approximately 303,000 trade and postcards to the Museum. The Burdick collection constitutes an integral part of the Museum’s collection of ephemera and tells the history of popular printmaking in the United States. Shown for the first time in this exhibition, the football cards document the sport through media ranging from lithography to photography.
Purchase tickets to this exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
- Black History Month Gala Concert at the Apollo
Date: January 31, 2014
This Super Bowl–week event benefits various nonprofit organizations and includes gospel performances by Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Pastor Marvin Sapp and the Mass Gospel Choir of the First Corinthian Baptist Church. Also playing are jazz luminaries Cecil Bridgewater, Arturo O’Farrill, the Mingus Quintet and the Manhattan School of Music Swing Jazz Orchestra.
Purchase tickets to the Black History Month Gala Concert at the Apollo
Where: Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street
Also check out Harlem Soul Food and Jazz Tours on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and Harlem Gospel Tours on Wednesdays and Sundays.
- Madden NFL: 25 Years and Running at the Museum of the Moving Image
Date: Through February 23, 2014
Madden NFL: 25 Years and Running looks back on 25 years of the groundbreaking video game franchise Madden NFL. The exhibition explores this landmark series, highlighting the game’s focus on sports simulation, and its aesthetic evolution and enduring cultural legacy. In addition to the five playable games, from the original John Madden Football (1988) on Apple II to the latest release Madden NFL 25 (2013) on Xbox One, presented as a large-scale projection, the exhibition also features a dynamic timeline charting milestones in the series’ development highlighted by gameplay footage from each year.
Location: Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens
- Taste of the NFL
Date: Saturday, February 1, 2014
Taste of the NFL hosts its 23rd annual “Party with a Purpose.” More than 32 restaurant stations, one from each NFL city, provide fabulous food and wine pairings. There is also an NFL player (either current or alumni) seated at each food station. Guests can snap photos and get autographs from the celebrity chefs and players, and can purchase merchandise like footballs, helmets, and aprons. There is also a silent auction. The event draws celebrities from all areas of the entertainment world to raise awareness and funds for hunger relief. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit City Harvest, Food Bank for New York City, Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger, a designated food bank in each of the other NFL cities, and key hunger relief organizations across the country.
Location: Pier 12 of the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, 72 Bowne Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn