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2014 Stories by Allen Barra

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  • PLAY BALL!

    published August 20, 2014

    Maybe the only truly Italian tradition that The Godfather omitted was having the dons decide who would run New York with a game of bocce ball.... More >>

  • RIDE LIKE THE WIND

    published August 13, 2014

    You probably never heard of the Aeolian Ride – Aeolian means “carried by the wind” – but now you can be in it! This is a... More >>

  • STREET SMART

    published July 30, 2014

    In the age-old NYC battle between pedestrians and cars, the pedestrians win out for three Saturdays this month as the Department of Transportation... More >>

  • YEAR OF THE DRAGON

    published August 6, 2014

    The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival is based on the legend of an ancient Chinese patriot-poet who was banished from his state for advocating... More >>

  • GONE FISHIN’

    published July 30, 2014

    Every summer, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation conducts fishing clinics to teach different techniques, but that’s... More >>

  • ALL HAIL THE KING

    published July 23, 2014

    Minor league games are always fun, with time honored events like the hot dog condiment race between Mr. Ketchup, Mr. Mustard and Mr. Relish... More >>

  • BEST COAST

    published July 16, 2014

    The Nature Conservancy calls the coastal wetlands “the kidneys of the coast,” and they mean that in the best possible way: The plants... More >>

  • WATER WORLD

    published July 9, 2014

    The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance was formed six years ago with two goals: first, bring together companies and groups that are connected to New... More >>

  • ONE IF BY BIKE

    published July 2, 2014

    We all know about Washington crossing the Delaware, but he actually made it to Brooklyn and took on the British in August 1776, in the first... More >>

  • OUT AND ABOUT

    published June 18, 2014

    It’s summer, and time to get off the sofa. The folks at Discover Outdoors have a mission: to connect the community and improve quality of... More >>

  • LOST AND FOUND

    published June 25, 2014

    Look north up the East River toward the Bronx and Rikers, and you will see a couple of small, overgrown islands. The larger, North Brother, was... More >>

  • PADDLE TO PARADISE

    published June 18, 2014

    Aloha, and welcome to the Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge, one of New York’s most offbeat sporting events. The outrigger canoe,... More >>

  • MATCH POINT

    published June 11, 2014

    In our experience, there are three kinds of soccer fans when it comes to the World Cup: The deeply devoted, who want to watch every match no... More >>

  • MY LITTLE PONY

    published June 4, 2014

    Horse racing may be the sport of kings, but when California Chrome runs the Belmont Stakes for the Triple Crown (which no one has won in 36... More >>

  • Brooklyn Half Marathon

    published May 14, 2014

    Like its big brother in November, the Brooklyn Half is a great spectator sport. An official part of the New York Road Runners Five-Borough Series,... More >>

  • RAGING BULLS

    published May 7, 2014

    You may not think soccer will one day be our national pastime, but the Red Bulls have staying power. After a rebuilding season last year —... More >>

  • GIRLS’ DAY OUT

    published April 30, 2014

    After the coldest winter in eons, everyone could use a little pick-me-up before the summer. For the ladies, you’ll find it at BUST... More >>

  • RIDE ON

    published April 30, 2014

    The Five Boro Bike Tour started in 1977 with about 250 riders as a one-time event to promote bike safety. This year, an expected 32,000 bikers... More >>

  • GET HOOKED

    published April 23, 2014

    Who would have thought that the corner of Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street would become the fly fishing headquarters of New York? But with two Orvis... More >>

  • FISTS OF FURY

    published April 16, 2014

    The Golden Gloves tournament is still a great way for young athletes to learn a lot more than boxing skills through the competition, which started... More >>

  • BATTER UP

    published March 26, 2014

    There are several reasons for Mets fans to have hope this year. After a disastrous beginning last season, Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka (aka... More >>

  • WALK OF FAME

    published March 19, 2014

    Not just for tourists, the Central Park Movie and TV Site Tour should prove fun for even the most jaded New Yorkers. Experienced tour guides... More >>

  • STAR MAPS

    published March 5, 2014

    Since March is still pretty chilly, it may not seem the ideal time for a nighttime foray into Central Park. But, truth is, fall and winter are the... More >>

  • Swish!

    published February 26, 2014

    We love how Brooklyn has embraced the Nets, their first big-league team in more than 50 years, and a game at Barclays is an event. The Nets have... More >>

  • BOW WOW WOW

    published February 5, 2014

    The big news at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is that for the first time in its 138-year history, mixed breeds — formally designated... More >>

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