2014 Pinstripe Bowl: Things to Do in New York City

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Jan 29, 2014; New York, NY, USA; General view of the Manhattan skyline and Freedom Tower in advance of Super Bowl XLVIII. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

With the Pinstripe Bowl fast approaching, some out-of-towners heading to New York City for the game may be in search of things to do.

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Luckily, the editor of this Boston College fan site is a native New Yorker and is familiar with the best attractions and restaurants in the city. If you are one of the non-locals heading into town for the Pinstripe Bowl, whether or not you realize it now, you are going to want some advice on where to go, what to see, and maybe even what to avoid.

Any of you attending will obviously head to Yankee Stadium, so eliminating that as an option, what else does New York City have to offer the college football tourist folk? Granted, it’s winter, but the city is alive 365 days a year (366 every fourth year; thank you very much, Gregorian calendar).

Please note that most recommendations are in Manhattan while the game is in the Bronx.

Things to Do in New York City:
The Freedom Tower and 9/11 Memorial

Location: Lower Manhattan, accessible by the E train

If you have not been down to see the new One World Trade Center, popularly known as the Freedom Tower, make a point to stop there, even if just to linger outside. At night, the building is majestic as it glows in all white; even the spire brings light towards the sky. Standing at the very bottom and looking up makes one realize just how insignificant they are in the scheme of things.

As for the 9/11 Memorial, officially known as the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, it is a special place to be. To answer a question you may not know you are asking, yes, they do charge admission for the museum, which includes a visit to the memorial. As a New Yorker, that irks me on some level, but it is what it is.

Tickets start at $24.00 for adults and drop from there. Tuesday evenings are free admission, for anyone spending the whole Christmas week in town. The memorial hours are from 7:30am to 9pm, with museum hours extended during the holidays.

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