How to Spend Super Bowl 2014 in New York City

Mary Dell writes: Super Bowl XLVIII will be played in MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, but New York City is the party host. It is also the metro area where Lisa and I have lived and worked for many years and we offer these suggestions for how to spend Super Bowl 2014. Even if you aren’t one of the very fortunate 80,000 with tickets for the game, here are the ways to approach this amazing city, anytime.

Super Bowl, New York Super Bowl

1. Appreciate

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the United states and is grand on every level. As you climb the steps to enter through the doors of the Beaux-Arts facade, rest assured that whatever your art interests may be, you will find plenty of examples here. The Museum is contributing to Super Bowl 2014 frenzy with the exhibit, Gridiron Greats: Vintage Football Cards

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The moment you step foot into The American Museum of Natural History, you may time-travel back to when your kids were dinosaur-obsessed, but we promise there are no purple ones in site.  Visit darkened dioramas, the gigantic reassembled T-Rex, and statue of Teddy Roosevelt, whose father was one of the museum co-founders. Should you desire your own Night at the Museum experience, take the tour by the same name.

Other favorites are the Frick Museum, the Guggenheim, the Morgan, the Modern Museum of Art; only time holds you back from exploring amazing museums throughout the city.

2. Shop

Bergdorf Goodman, with two stores on 5th Avenue, between 57th and 58th Streets, across from the Plaza Hotel is a perfect spot to begin an eight-block shopping stroll. Though now a member of the Neiman Marcus chain, the original building opened in 1928 in what was a Cornelius Vanderbilt II mansion. (The one across the street houses the men’s department.) The window displays of the main store are the most inventive in town, giving a sneak peek to the high style found inside. Take the elevator to the 7th floor to see the Home Collection and feast on the Central Park views which are among the prettiest you will see. To begin to understand the singular fashion presence BG occupies in the city, take a look at of the 2013 documentary, Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf Goodman.

Tiffany’s flagship store sits on the corner of 57th street and 5th Avenue where it has held court since 1940. As you stand outside the stately granite building, it may be impossible to resist thinking of Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly staring into the windows of her favorite spot in town. Enter the revolving door to the ground floor and gaze at some of the most gorgeous pieces of wearable art that makes Tiffany’s much more than a mere “jewelry store,” and those blue boxes much more than just “gifts.”

Tiffany, tiffany gift box

Saks Fifth Avenue, on 50th street, reminds us of what departments stores used to be like, and how their numbers have dwindled. The Shoe Salon has it’s own zip code, 10022-SHOE, so don’t fail to visit the 8th floor to see the incredible array of footwear for yourself.

3. Gaze

Rockefeller Center, across Fifth Avenue from Saks, is a complex of 19 buildings covering 22 acres. After the crash in 1929, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. was the sole financier of the development that would span the next decade. The skating rink is the iconic focal point, but my favorite part of the center is the Channel Gardens  so-named as they separate the British Empire from La Maison Francaise Buildings.

Rockefeller Center, Channel Gardens

When night falls and you catch a glimpse of the Chrysler Building’s terraced crown illumination, prepare to be awed, regardless of how long you have lived in NYC or how many times you have visited. An elegant example of Art Deco architecture, the building’s gargoyles are modeled after Chrysler automobile products like the hood ornaments of the Plymouth.

Chrysler Building

4. Applaud

The Theater District houses 40 theaters offering an astonishing concentration of live productions. Pick up a copy of The New Yorker for a complete listing of shows and reviews as a starting point. Be forewarned, this week will be unlike any other. See what the Broadway League is saying in this press release, “Broadway Welcomes Super Bowl XLVIII to Times Square.”

The NFL and broadway join forces and you won’t be able to miss the NFL’s Super Bowl 48 Boulevard stretching along 13 blocks of Broadway. Why shouldn’t there be a 180-foot high, 8 lane Toboggan Run erected in the middle of the city and why shouldn’t you pay $5 to give it a try? All proceeds benefit MillionTrees NYC.

5. Eat

There are memorable meals to be had in neighborhoods all over the city, and extraordinary dining is often within walking distance regardless of where you are staying. Here are Zagat’s 2014 top restaurant picks for the year. On the other end of the spectrum are the food trucks offering way more than hot dogs and pretzels. For other meals on the fly, the Open Table app is my favorite for nabbing a table and trying to avoid long waits.

6. Cheer

Other sports options abound besides Super Bowl 2014. Madison Square Garden is hosting college basketball and the Knicks. Yankee Stadium is transforming into a hockey rink for outdoor play. Yes, outdoor play.

7. Walk

Walking the streets of Manhattan never disappoints. The store windows, the people, the energy are unlike anywhere else we have ever lived or traveled. Our tip? Bring two pair of very comfortable shoes to rotate so blisters have a chance to heal. Better yet, make the stop at Saks shoe zip code first on your list.

New York City

Picking favorites in New York can only cover a tiny fraction and walking the city’s neighborhoods will lead you to your own discoveries.  If you’re on the Upper West Side, stop in at Zabars or Fairway. Take a stroll on the High Line, or pop in and out of the fabulous boutiques in SoHo.  We could go on but what have we left off that love about New York?

New York City

New York City

New York City


New York City

Met Life Stadium, Super Bowl


  1. Oh, New York. I haven’t been in a few years and need to go back. I used to take my kids there every spring break when they were small and we’d stay with my brother’s family up in the Washington Heights area, and most days were spent in a playroom across the hall. One afternoon I took all of them out to see things, and by the time we got to Times Square they were worn out and wanted to go back to the apartment, so they looked at me and said, “Can we go back to New York now?” New York is whatever you make it.

    • So funny, I can see how NY can tired small children out with the logistics of coming in and out. Agreed, NY is what you make of it.

  2. Emily says:

    This post makes me miss hanging out in the city…I’m definitely spending too much time here in the ‘burbs! My personal favorite on your list is Rock Center, because we were married in the Rainbow Room.:)

    • Awww, the Rainbow Room was really lovely. I have a soft spot in my heart for Rock Center too, worked at 30 Rock for 10 years. Many happy, nostalgic-filled memories of those days.

  3. Sarah Hughes says:

    Hi Lisa & Mary – perfect post for our visit this October – thank you!

    • Sarah, we hoped it would help people coming for the game or for any reason – Oct is the perfect month for a visit.

  4. Carpool Goddess says:

    One of my favorite cities! Thanks for the highlights that always delight.

  5. You’re making me homesick :) Great roundup of NY attractions. Now let’s just hope it doesn’t snow on February 2!

    • There seems to be a feeling of can-do/football meant to be played in the elements sort of think growing with so many outdoor events planned around the SB. REally, a toboggan run in Times Square???? Hockey in Yankee Stadium?? A Super Bowl in NY seems almost reasonable.

  6. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    All wonderful suggestions. I love my proximity to this wonderful city and visit as much as possible. I love New York! ❤️

  7. Marvelous post that is reminiscent of looking at a Woody Allen movie; it’s beautiful photographed, lovely to look at, and reminds me how blessed I am to be an active part of such a fascinating city with a pulse.

    When I worked in Manhattan I took advantage of so much more than as a suburbanite. But now as an empty nester, I’m b-a-c-k!

    Lovely post.

    • Cathy, the wonderful thing is that NYC will always be there for us with soooo much to see and do. Thanks for the kind words!

  8. Several years ago I rediscovered a high school friend Randy – seems he had been in New York all along – and quite successful! He was the wrong friend to lose track of!!! I have been to New York to visit several times since then. Wow do I love it – did before. Do now. Your map is fantastic and I am going to pin it and use it! I always get confused about the neighborhoods. Guess you can take the girl out of Arkansas… Thanks for such an informative and fun post!

  9. John Edwards says:

    I am so psyched to be in NYC. Super Bowl Boulevard is awesome…34th to 47th on Broadway and it’s FREE. For bar specials, restaurant deals & to save money, use 365 Guide Book NYC And…it’s freezing. I hope it snows.

    • John, glad you’re so excited about coming to NYC. The city is always hopping but especially with this first ever, Super Bowl week. Thanks for the addition to our list. Specials and free stuff are aways fun.

  10. Now there is another innovative use glass splash backs for an eating space
    can have many advantage to using it.

  11. Hello there, You have done an excellent job. I will definitely digg
    it and personally recommend to my friends.

    I am confident they’ll be benefited from this website.

  12. Article Source: Variety of High Quality Medicines at
    Online Medicines – Enjoyed Reading this article.
    About 90 percent of students receive some type of educational
    funding. They want excellent merchandise and they also want to buy
    in a ridiculously low price. In order to decide on the
    best psychology bachelor degree program, students may
    possibly also review program descriptions, location, tuition, and also other details.


  1. Super Bowl Fashion Tips: 7 Stylish Clear Plastic Handbags To Keep You Glam & Stadium Ready - Carpool Goddess says:

    […] Ladies don’t fret and furrow your pretty brow, here are several crystal clear handbags that will keep you glam and stadium ready, that will even have the fashionistas nodding their approval. If by chance, your significant other is attending and you are left to your own devices in the fabulous NYC, check out Grown & Flown’s list of what to do in NYC. […]