If you’re a Manhattanite, you’ve most likely talked smack about the folks who live on the opposite side of your ’hood (that is, beyond Fifth Avenue). Well, put your money and your Nikes where your mouth is and take part in The Battle for Manhattan, a sports competition between the East Side and the West Side. Each person will be assigned to an eight- to 10-member team (divided by gender and age) and can choose to play basketball, volleyball, soccer, or run a 5K race. Not only will you get a free T-shirt, but you’ll also be invited to parties with drink specials and the opening and closing ceremonies, and have the chance to raise some hard cash for Urban Dove, a nonprofit that supports local public education. (Make sure and sign up by the 28th!)

March 30-April 15, 2008