Mar 08, 2016
The Official Saracens travel guide to New York City
Packed your Fez? Heading stateside this week for Saracens historic Aviva Premiership clash against London Irish in New Jersey at the Red Bull Arena and you are staing in New York City?
Then here is your Sarries themed travel guide to the city that never sleeps.
New York Activities
New York is full of wonderful activities in New York and here is short list of the main features that will you keep occupied during your upcoming stay in the “Big Apple.”
New York has something for everyone such as the shopping enthusiasts, the culture seekers and also the site seeing tourist and of course there is plenty of good places to keep you from getting thirsty or hungry!
The most famous Central Park in the world is not the spiritual home of Wigan Rugby League Club as Messrs Chris Ashton and Owen Farrell would have you think, rather it is the magical place tucked into the middle of Manhattan its most visited urban park in the world. Little known fact, the famous Park is based on Birkenhead Park in Merseyside. Something for our northern brethren at the club to cling on to.
When there, why not drop into the famous Boat House restaurant in Central Park or visit the Plaza hotel which is located on the 59 street on 5th ave.
Walking south from the Plaza hotel you will stumble across the Museum of Modern Art located on 54 Street off 5th Ave.
Times Square is the heartbeat of NYC attracting over 50 million visitors per year. It’s a must visit day or night however the bright lights will amaze anyone at night and in addition this is the centre for the theatre district.
Looking for a good place to dine/drink before or after try out the Pig n Whistle on 46 Street btw 6th/7th Ave or Langan’s on 47 Street btw 6th/7th Ave. Both are very reasonably priced for food and drink and both will have live entertainment.
Grand Central Station one of the most amazing building in the world, not only is it such a unique building it has a secret cocktail bar call “The Campbell Apartments.” Just a note, the Saracens Shuttle doesn’t run from here!
Looking for a bite to eat nearby drop into Eamonn’s or Foxy John’s or Cipriani's for some Italian (let’s hope there’s no sting in the tale with the bill!)
Empire State Building is located on 34 Street btw 5th & 6TH Ave. Prepare to queue however the view is amazing.
The High Line (also known as the High Line Park) is a 1.45-mile-long (2.33 km) New York City linear park built in Manhattan on an elevated section of a disused New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line.
Walk the Brooklyn Bridge and capture the famous views of uptown and the Statue of Liberty (much like Thomas Castaignede for Saracens, a gift from the French!)
Freedom Tower is located downtown which is easily accessible via a subway or 15 min Taxi depending on traffic. This is a well worth visit to see the 9/11 memorial museum.
Statue of Liberty is located not far away from the Freedom Tower at Battery Park.
New York stock exchange is always feature in many movies and Wall Street is definitely worth visiting. Wall Street is also located downtown about a 5 minute walk from the Statue of liberty Ferry terminal.
Find yourself hungry or a need of drink after all the tourist sites in the downtown take a walk up to Stone Street. Sorry, though, not sure there will be any Sarries pies available.
Although yet to have a Saracens Megastore, 5th Ave can claim to be the shopping Mecca of the world with all the largest brand and names one can ever imagine. About 10 min walk east of midtown, the famous Bloomingdales is located on 59 street of Lexington Ave. If you drop by here make sure take a trip to Blooms Tavern, one of the only bars & restaurants with an open fire in the bar (ahh, cosy!)
South of Midtown lies the Macys, the world largest department store. Don’t forget to bring your passport to avoid sales tax in the major department stores.
- Saks - 48th/49th off 5 th Ave
- Macy’s - 34th Street between 6th/7th Ave
- Bloomingdales - 59 Street between 3rd/Lexington Ave
- Century 21 - 21 Dey Street
- Central Park
- St Patrick Cathedral
- Rockefeller centre
- Museum of Modern Art
- Empire State Building
- Grand Central
- Freedom Tower
- Brooklyn Bridge
- Statue of Liberty
- Stone Street
- Wall Street
- Pig n Whistle Times Square & Pig n Whistle on Third Ave
- Blooms Tavern
- PJ Moran’s
- Foxy Johns
- Campbell Apt (Cocktail)
- Smith & Wollensky (Steak House)
- The Smile
A massive thank you to all the Saracens fans who have made the trip over the pond for what should be a great occasion. Send us your New York and New Jersey snaps on our social media channels. Over and out. Sarries.