Play Ball! The beginning of April marks the return of America’s pastime to the Big Apple. On Tuesday, April, 5th, the New York Yankees will open the season against the Houston Astros in the Bronx, and the Mets will start their first home-stand of the season on Friday, April 8th against their rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies.
Baseball season has begun and the New York Yankees will play more than 80 home games this season at Yankee Stadium, located in the heart of the South Bronx’s Grand Concourse. While in town for the game, explore some of the neighbouring sites including:
· Bronx Documentary Center, devoted entirely to the art of photo journalism, host exhibits, events, screenings and classes.
· The Bronx Museum of the Arts, (free admission) a cultural institution specializing in contemporary and Bronx art.
· Hush Hip Hop Tour, where visitors can learn about hip-hop in its birthplace.
· Heritage Field is a 10.8-acre ballpark (located at the site of the old Yankee Stadium), where visitors can start their own ball games, watch local high schools compete and see artefacts from the original stadium.
· Yankee Tavern, a beloved Bronx establishment known for its New York Yankees memorabilia and friendly staff.
· Caribbean dining – Feeding Tree a laid-back and affordable authentic Caribbean dining. Sam’s Soul Food offers a menu that includes smoked BBQ pork ribs, jerk chicken and seafood
· Opera House Hotel in the South Bronx. The historic Bronx Opera House, a storied entertainment venue dating back to 1913, has been restored to unveil this newly renovated hotel.
When the Mets host their first home game of the season at Citi Field in Flushing, Queens, visitors to the area should be sure to make a weekend out of it by taking in Flushing’s bustling Chinatown and all the cultural and historical attractions of the area, including:
· The Shops at Queens Crossing offer everything from delicious dim sum and bubble tea to high-end contemporary Asian fare.
· Tai Pan Bakery to sample sweet and savoury Chinese treats.
· Spicy & Tasty enjoy dishes seasoned with ma la—the uniquely spicy, numbing flavour that comes in part from Szechuan peppercorns.
· Flushing Town Hall is a strong supporter of local artists that offers extensive programs for children and families.
· Voelker Orth Museum – an 18th-century house and museum, bird sanctuary and Victorian garden.
· Kingsland Homestead, a landmark 18th-century farmhouse home to the Queens Historical Society.
· Flushing-Meadows Corona Park – largest park in Queens, and fourth largest park in all of New York City, doesn’t just feature lawns to relax on and a 12-story-high, stainless steel representation of the planet called the Unisphere and take a quick walk to visit the Queens Museum, New York Hall of Science, Queens Zoo and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (home of the U.S. Open). And, while at the Queens Museum, make sure not to miss the panorama model of New York City!
· Hotel de Point, a contemporary property with eco-friendly amenities.
· The Parc Hotel, an upscale boutique hotel.