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The subway will get you directly to stadiums of both New York-area major-league teams. A fun alternative, the Yankee Clipper

cruises from Manhattan's East Side and from New Jersey to Yankee Stadium on game nights. The round-trip cost is $25. The regular baseball season runs from April through September.

In 2009, the New York Mets moved from Shea Stadium to the neighboring, newly constructed CitiField, at the next-to-last stop on the 7 train, in Queens; the New York Yankees also got a new home at the new Yankee Stadium. Affiliated with the Mets since 2001, the minor-league Brooklyn Cyclones are named for Coney Island's famous wooden roller coaster. They play 38 home games at KeySpan Park, next to the boardwalk, with views of the Atlantic over the right-field wall and views of historic Astroland over the left-field wall. Most people make a day of it, with time at the beach and amusement rides before an evening game. Take the D, F, or Q subway to the end of the line, and walk one block to the right of the original Nathan's Famous hot dog stand.

For another fun, family-oriented experience, check out the Staten Island Yankees, one of New York's minor-league teams, which warms up many future New York Yankees players. The stadium, a five-minute walk from the Staten Island Ferry terminal, has magnificent panoramic views of Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.

Contact Information

Brooklyn Cyclones

(1904 Surf Ave., at 19th St., Coney Island, Brooklyn, 11224. Tel. 718/449-8497. www.brooklyncyclones.com. Subway: D, F, Q to Stillwell Ave.).


(Roosevelt Ave. off Grand Central Pkwy., Flushing, Queens, 11368. Tel. 718/507-8499. www.mets.com. Subway: 7 to Willets Pt./Shea Stadium).

Staten Island Yankees

(Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George, Staten Island, 10301. Tel. 718/720-9265. www.siyanks.com).

Yankee Clipper

(Tel. 800/533-3779. www.nywaterway.com).

Yankee Stadium

(161st St. at River Ave., Bronx, 10451. Tel. 718/293-6000. www.yankees.com. Subway: B, D, 4 to 161st St.-Yankee Stadium).

Baseball Locations
1 Citi Field
Citi Field

Flushing, NY 11368

The Mets are justly proud of their brand-new stadium, designed to hark back to Ebbets Field (where the Dodgers played in Brooklyn) with a brick exterior and plenty of bells and whistles, from a batting cage and wiffle ball field to the original giant apple from Shea. The team christened it in 2009 with a terrible season, but thankfully, there are lots of other reasons to check it out even when the Mets are down on their luck. Chief among them: the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, a soaring multistory entrance and history exhibit dedicated to the Dodgers player who shattered baseball's color barrier. It's also a hit with foodies, who flock to the food court behind center field for Shake Shack burgers, surprisingly inexpensive beers like Czechvar and Leffe, and even lobster rolls and tacos. Though it seats fewer people than Shea by about 10,000, tickets are not hard to come by, especially later in the season. Still feeling nostalgic for the old Shea? Pay your respects at the plaque in the parking lot. www.mets.com. Subway: 7 to Mets/Willets Point.

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2 Empire State Building
Empire State Building
350 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10118

Bittersweet though it is, this landmark is once again the city's tallest building. Its pencil-slim silhouette, recognizable virtually worldwide, is an Art Deco monument to progress, a symbol for New York City, and a star in some great romantic scenes, on- and off-screen. Its cinematic résumé—the building has appeared in more than 200 movies—means that it remains a fixture of popular imagination, and many visitors come to relive favorite movie scenes. You might just find yourself at the top of the building with Sleepless in Seattle

look-alikes or even the building's own

King Kong


Built in 1931 at the peak of the skyscraper craze, this 103-story limestone giant opened after a mere 13 months of construction. The framework rose at an astonishing rate of 4½ stories per week, making the Empire State Building the fastest-rising skyscraper ever built. Unfortunately, your rise to the observation deck might not be quite so record breaking.

There are three lines to get to the top of the Empire State Building; a line for tickets, a line for security, and a line for the elevators. Save time and skip a line by purchasing your tickets in advance online (esbnyc.com). You can't skip the security line, but you can skip to the front of both this line and the line for elevators by purchasing an Express Pass for an extra $45—if time is tight, it guarantees you'll get to the observation deck in twenty minutes. If you don't want to pony up for express service, do yourself a favor and skip that last elevator line at the 80th floor by taking the stairs.

If this is your first visit, keep yourself entertained during your ascent by renting a headset with an audio tour from Tony, a fictional but "authentic" native New Yorker, available in eight languages.

The 86th-floor observatory (1,050 feet high) has both a glass-enclosed area (heated in winter and cooled in summer) and an outdoor deck spanning the building's circumference. Don't be shy about going outside into the wind (even in winter) or you'll miss half the experience. Also, don't be deterred by crowds; there's an unspoken etiquette when it comes to sharing the views and backdrop, and there's plenty of city to go around. Bring quarters for the high-powered binoculars—on clear days you can see up to 80 mi—or bring binoculars of your own so you can get a good look at some of the city's rooftop gardens. If it rains, the deck will be less crowded and you can view the city between the clouds or watch the rain travel sideways around the building from the shelter of the enclosed walkway. The views of the city from the 86th-floor deck are spectacular, but the views from 16 stories up on the 102nd-floor observatory are even more so—and yet, fewer visitors make it this far. Instead of rushing back to elevator lines, ask yourself when you'll be back again and then head up to the enclosed 102nd floor. It will cost you an extra $15 (at the 86th-floor kiosk), but you will be rewarded with peaceful, bird's-eye views of the entire city. Also, there are fewer visitors angling for photo ops, so you can linger a while and really soak in the city and experience.

Even if you skip the view from up top, be sure to step into the lobby and take in the ceiling, beautifully restored in 2009. The gilded gears and sweeping Art Deco lines, long hidden under a drop ceiling and decades of paint, are a romantic tribute to the machine age and part of the original vision for the building.

Although some parents blanch when they discover both how much it costs and how it lurches, the second-floor NY SKYRIDE

, New York's only aerial virtual tour simulator, is a favorite of the 7- and 8-year-old set, and it's cheaper than an actual aerial tour of New York. Narrated by actor Kevin Bacon, the ride takes the viewer on a virtual tour of New York, swinging by the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Times Square, Yankee Stadium, and other top attractions along the way. There's also a brief but poignant trip back in time to visit the World Trade Center's Twin Towers—a sight sure to drive you straight into the arms of the first I Heart NY T-shirt vendor you see when you leave the building. It's a fun, and fast, way to get a sense of the city's highlights, though teenagers may find the technology a little dated, and baseball buffs may gripe that the footage has not been updated to reflect the new Yankee Stadium. When you purchase a Skyride-Empire State Building combo ticket, you will visit the Skyride first and then join the line for the observation deck at the elevators, skipping up to half the wait. Tel. 212/279-9777 or 888/759-7433. www.nyskyride.com. Admission: $41; $52 combo Skyride and observatory (discounts are available on their Web site). Hours: Daily 8 am-10 pm. www.esbnyc.com. Admission: $20. Hours: Daily 8 am-2 am; last elevator up leaves at 1:15 am. Subway: B, D, F, N, Q, R, M to 34th St./Herald Sq.; 6 to 33rd St.

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3 Madison Square Park
Madison Square Park

New York, NY 10010

The benches of this elegant tree-filled park afford great views of some of the city's oldest and most charming skyscrapers (the Flatiron Building, the Metropolitan Life Insurance Tower, the New York Life Insurance Building, and the Empire State Building) and serve as a perfect vantage point for people-, pigeon-, dog-, or squirrel-watching. Add free Wi-Fi, the Shake Shack, temporary art exhibits, and a summer music series, and you'll realize that a bench here is definitely the place to be. New York City's first baseball games were played in this 7-acre park in 1845 (though New Jerseyans are quick to point out that the game was actually invented across the Hudson in Hoboken, New Jersey). On the north end of the park, an imposing 1881 statue by Augustus Saint-Gaudens memorializes Civil War naval hero Admiral David Farragut. An 1876 statue of Secretary of State William Henry Seward (the Seward of the term Seward's Folly

, coined when the United States purchased Alaska from the Russian Empire in 1867) sits in the park's southwest corner, though it's rumored that the sculptor placed a reproduction of the statesman's head on a statue of Abraham Lincoln's body. Subway: R to 23rd St.

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4 MCU Park
MCU Park
1904 Surf Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11224

Rekindle your Brooklyn baseball memories (or make some new ones) at a Brooklyn Cyclones game. When this Mets-owned single-A farm team moved to Brooklyn, it brought professional baseball to the borough for the first time since 1957. Now the intimate, bright park is especially great for introducing kids to the game. The park often holds special promotions to get the little ones on the field. www.brooklyncyclones.com. Admission: $8-$17. Hours: Games June-Sept.; call for schedule. Subway: D, F, N, Q to Coney Island-Stillwell Ave.

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5 Museum of the Moving Image
Museum of the Moving Image
35th Ave. at 37th St.
New York, NY 11106

Like switching to a widescreen television, the newly renovated Museum of the Moving Image is twice as nice as before. The new Thomas Lesser design includes a three-story addition and a panoramic entrance to this museum full of Hollywood and television memorabilia. Exhibitions range from "Behind the Screen" which demonstrates how movies are produced and shot to watching the live editing of Mets baseball games as they happen on SNY. Classic family films are shown as matinees on Saturdays and Sundays, while the museum also has a section devoted to video artists for visitors looking for some culture. Film buffs will love the film retrospectives, lectures, and other special programs. www.movingimage.us. Admission: $10; free after 4 on Fri. Hours: Wed. and Thurs. 10:30-5, Fri. 11-8, weekends 10:30-7:00. Subway: R, M to Steinway St.; N to 36th Ave.

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6 Yankee Stadium
Yankee Stadium
River Ave. at 161st St.
Bronx, NY 10451

Fans are still mourning the original, legendary Yankee Stadium, which saw its last season in 2008. Though the team is still breaking it in, the new Yankee Stadium—right next to the House that Ruth Built—has gotten off to a good start, with the Yankees winning the World Series in its inaugural year. Tickets can be ridiculously expensive, but the experience is like watching baseball in Las Vegas's Bellagio hotel. Meaning, it's incredibly opulent and over-the-top: traditional white frieze adorns the stadium's top; inside, limestone-and-marble hallways are lined with photos of past Yankee greats; lower-level seats have cushions, cup holders, and a boffo meatery, NYY Steak. Like the team, all the amenities don't come cheap. But the spirit of the original still remains. History buffs and hard-core fans should be sure to visit Monument Park, with plaques of past team members, by Center Field—it survived from the old stadium. Aside from the subway, you can also get here by Metro-North, to the Yankees-153rd Street Station. www.yankees.com. Subway: B (weekdays only), D, or 4 to 161st St.-Yankee Stadium.

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2018 Temp. (°F) Dew Point (°F) Humidity (%) Sea Level Press. (in) Visibility (mi) Wind (mph) Precip. (in) Events
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2018/1/1 19 13 7 3 -4 -6 63 50 37 30.39 30.35 30.31 10 10 10 15 8 25 0.00  
2017 Temp. (°F) Dew Point (°F) Humidity (%) Sea Level Press. (in) Visibility (mi) Wind (mph) Precip. (in) Events
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2017/1/1 46 44 41 28 22 16 50 41 31 30.44 30.17 29.89 10 10 10 12 5 23 0.00  
2016 Temp. (°F) Dew Point (°F) Humidity (%) Sea Level Press. (in) Visibility (mi) Wind (mph) Precip. (in) Events
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2016/1/1 42 38 34 26 23 16 59 52 44 30.06 30.03 29.97 10 10 10 17 8 26 0.00  
2015 Temp. (°F) Dew Point (°F) Humidity (%) Sea Level Press. (in) Visibility (mi) Wind (mph) Precip. (in) Events
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2015/1/1 39 33 27 17 10 6 46 37 27 30.18 30.07 29.98 10 10 10 17 7 31 0.00  
2014 Temp. (°F) Dew Point (°F) Humidity (%) Sea Level Press. (in) Visibility (mi) Wind (mph) Precip. (in) Events
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2014/1/1 33 29 24 19 13 5 59 49 38 30.40 30.34 30.26 10 10 10 14 6 23 0.00  
2013 Temp. (°F) Dew Point (°F) Humidity (%) Sea Level Press. (in) Visibility (mi) Wind (mph) Precip. (in) Events
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2013/1/1 40 33 26 27 22 9 64 54 44 30.01 29.90 29.84 10 10 10 15 7 26 0.00  
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