Even though it is being billed as being held in NYC this weekend's much hyped NFL Super Bowl XLVIII is actually being held over in New Jersey at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ where, kicking off at 6:30pm EST, the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos will battle it out for the champion title. Nonetheless New York is, as the Times Square billboard (picture right) implies, in a Super Bowl State of Mind. An estimated half a million visitors are expected to descend upon both New York and New Jersey for the Super Bowl and spinoff festivities on Sunday and the days leading up to the big game. Among the attractions will be the Super Bowl Boulevard set up in Times Square from today through Sunday that includes a 60 foot high toboggan run - perfect for the snow that is forecast for Saturday night/ Sunday - although this could change. Free to the public Super Bowl Boulevard, runs for 13 blocks of Broadway from 34th to 47th streets, and includes a concert stage, photo ops with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, and an assortment of Super Bowl souvenir booths all catering to, as organizers bill it, "football-themed experiences." And on 34th Street up atop the Empire State Building through this Sunday there is a light show that is being generated by football fans on Twitter showing support for either the Seahawks or the Broncos. Meanwhile all round New York City bars and restaurants will be holding Super Bowl 48 viewing parties. Whether it snows or not plan on dressing warm for the inevitable cold weather this Sunday that will reach at highest he mid to upper 30's.
Good news for those who might have a last minute inspiration to attend the big game Sunday: according to a post this week on Ticket Exchange prices for the big game Sunday are lower than expected partly due to the uncomfortably freezing cold temperatures right now in NYC and NJ. Of course they still will set you back a lot of money but according to the posting from yesterday, the cheapest ticket costs $1,400 which is much closer to face value than anticipated for tickets that traditionally normally range in cost from $2,500 to $3,000 for the Super Bowl. Note that ticket prices continually vary depending on demand. For tickets go here. Or of course you can, like most Americans, simply watch it on TV and enjoy the famed Halftime Show which this year will feature Bruno Mars and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. (estimated start time is 8:10pm EST)
The DMC Regionals in New York City fall early this year and kick off the 2014 season of DMC regional battles that lead up to the US DMC Finals in NYC in the summer where it is determined who will represent the USA in the world finals in London of the revered long running DMC DJ battle. This Saturday's event will not only include battle routines from NYC area entrants who have been practicing for months on end but also the creator of the scratch Grand Wizzard Theodore laying down music on the wheels of stell throughout the evening, plus a special showcase by DJ Qbert who will be premiering for New York audiences segments of his anticipated soon to drop new album Extraterrestria.
To be held at Webster Hall this year the 2014 DMC NYC DJ Battle happens on Saturday February 1st from 6pm to 10pm with the always witty (and supertalented MC/DJ) host Lord Finesse. Judges will include DJ Slyce and DJ Spictakular. The event is for ages 19+ allowed. Bring ID. Tix are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Get there by 6pm to see it all. Webster Hall is in the Village at 125 E. 11th between 3rd and 4th Streets. More info:
Setting the stage for the Lunar New Year Parade and Festival, will be the 15th New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival at the Sara D. Roosevelt Park in Chinatown lower Manhattan on Friday, Jan 31st at 11am. The celebratory event to help usher in The Year of The Horse, whose goal is to frighten away evil spirits, will include lion dancers parading through the streets, assorted performers and cultural activities, vendors selling traditional fare and more. Sara D. Roosevelt Park is located from East Houston Street to Canal Street between Forsyth St. and Chrystie St. in Manhattan (NY 10002)
This Saturday, being the first Saturday of the month, means that the Brooklyn Museum will waive all admission fees between 5pm and 11pm on February 1st which is also the kick off of Black History Month which the Brooklyn museum will be celebrating over the following 28 days with a planned program (see here) of hip-hop, reggae, RnB, etc. Saturday's program will also include a screening of Shukree Hassan Tilghman's documentary More Than a Month which is a cross country trek by the filmmaker to determine what exactly Black History Month means to people across the US. Other Black History Month events around NYC will include uptown in Harlem at the Apollo Theater (celebrating 80 years - Sunday was the official birthday) where they will host a series of artistic and community programs to celebrate the Month that will include a free open house weekend (Feb 8 & 9th), the return of the 1930s/1940s nightclub designed show Apollo Club Harlem, and the Live Wire discussion series Black Style on Stage. More information here.