NYC attractions beckon Super Bowl visitors

01/12/2014 12:00 AM

01/08/2014 5:42 PM

The Super Bowl will be played in New Jersey, but folks coming in for the big game on Feb. 2 are likely to spend time across the Hudson River in New York City, if only to check out a 14-block “Super Bowl Boulevard” set up along Broadway.

There will also be two-for-one theater tickets and several museum exhibits, including a show of vintage football cards at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Here are details on ways for football fans to enjoy the Big Apple.

Super Bowl Boulevard

More than a million people are expected to visit Super Bowl Boulevard, Jan. 29-Feb. 1, noon-10 p.m., along Broadway between 34th and 47th streets, www.nfl.com/superbowl/48/events/boulevard. Entry will be free, though sliding down a toboggan run at 40th Street will cost $5. The toboggan will operate with or without snow.

In honor of the 48th Super Bowl, giant Roman numerals XLVIII will be set up at 42nd Street as a backdrop for photos. Fans can also stop by for autograph sessions with current and former NFL players, noon-6 p.m., at a stage at 39th Street. The stage will also display the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Concerts will be held on the stage nightly, 8 p.m.-10 p.m.

A 10-minute video celebration of football will be projected on Macy’s facade at 34th Street, every 30 minutes between 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Macy’s will also host an NFL shop on its fourth floor, Jan. 17-Feb. 4.

Kids ages 6-13 can check out the animated “NFL PLAY 60 Field” experience, noon-5 p.m. in the NFL Rush Zone in heated tents between 34th and 35th streets. Fans of all ages can take part in interactive games and enjoy Video Park, a video that looks at the host region, in tents between 35th and 36th streets, noon-10 p.m.

Football at the Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is more likely to be associated with Egyptian artifacts and Renaissance paintings than football. But the museum on Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street is getting into the Super Bowl spirit with an exhibit of vintage football cards called “Gridiron Greats,” Jan. 24-Feb. 10, www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2014/gridiron-greats.

Other museums with football exhibits: the interactive “You Make the Call: Learn to be an NFL Official” at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, through Feb. 28; and at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, “Madden NFL: 25 Years and Running,” a look at the popular football video game, through Feb. 23.

Big Apple classics

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island have reopened to visitors following months of closure after Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

For panoramic views of the city from up high, take your pick of observatories: the Empire State Building or Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center.

Love theater? Two-for-one tickets are on sale now for many shows during Broadway Week, Jan. 21-Feb. 6, www.nycgo.com/broadwayweek.

Just before the big game, Chinatown’s Lunar New Year Parade and Festival take place in Lower Manhattan at 1 p.m. Feb. 2: http://betterchinatown.com.

What’s new

If you haven’t been to New York City in a few years, you’ll want to check out its newest attractions, such as the High Line, a unique urban park built on an old West Side railway line, running along 10th Avenue from 30th Street to just below 14th Street. Entry is free.

The 9/11 Memorial is a must-see, beautiful tribute to those who perished on Sept. 11, 2001. Reservations recommended; timed tickets are $2 from www.911memorial.org/visitor-passes. A limited number of walkup passes are available at the entrance at Albany and Washington streets. One World Trade Center is not yet open to the public but it’s visible from many vantage points.

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