We heard many of you screaming about the Giants on the streets and in bars last night — but only 500 of you lucky fans will get to celebrate tomorrow afternoon at City Hall. For the rest of you, though, there’s a parade!
Late last night, the mayor’s office announced plans for football festivities, which include a ticker-tape parade starting at Battery Place and Washington Street at 11 a.m. tomorrow. It will continue up the Canyon of Heroes (or, y’know, Broadway, as most of us like to call it), and end at Worth Street. At 1 p.m. at City Hall Plaza, the mayor — who loves the Giants — will present the team with “Keys to the City.”
The city is conducting a public giveaway right now — and is using the win as a chance to boost its social media presence! Follow them on Twitter, guys!
From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. this morning, the city is conducting a public giveaway for 250 winners (500 tickets) to the City Hall ceremony — which is already being prepped.
It ends promptly at 11 a.m., so hurry! You must be a tri-state area resident (sigh of relief, New Jersey), and you must be 18 or older. If you’re adverse to the internet, you can call 311 and select the Ticket Giveaway menu option. Or, as the city’s press release reminds us you can become a follower of the mayor’s office twitter page. (To support the twitter cause, we’ve already linked to it three times!)
“Big Blue gave us a game to remember, and on Tuesday we’re going to give them a parade to remember,” Bloomberg said in the release.
If you don’t get a ticket, fear not — the city will set up three larger screens around City Hall for folks to watch the ceremony. (Some of you probably have work anyway, right?)
Winners will be notified beginning at 2 p.m. and will have to pick up tickets at a location in Midtown by 8 p.m. tonight.
(The city has also taken this opportunity to remind us how cool 311 is. Press release says: “The City’s 311 Call Center representatives use a state-of-the-art database of information and services about City government. Information can be updated in real time, and 311 works closely with other City agencies to maintain the most current information. All calls to 311 are answered by a live operator, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Immediate access to translation services in over 170 languages is available.”)
Also, beware of scammers. The mayor’s office notes that there have been reports in the past of fraudulent offers for tickets to the parade — including access to floats — and to the ceremony. Those don’t exist, so don’t pay for them if you hear about them. In fact, if you hear about them, call the mighty 311. Also beware that there will be some street and subway closures in lower Manhattan tomorrow, including these guys for limited times:
the Fulton Street 4, 5, A, and C stops, the Wall Street 4 and 5 stops, and City Hall’s R stop.
We would also like to take this opportunity to remind readers about the lovely bet Bloomberg made with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino last week. A Giants win, according to a release sent out last week, means one New York City family will win a Super Tour of Boston. This includes: four roundtrip tickets on JetBlue, two-night stay at the Ritz Carlton, dinner for four at Legal Seafoods Harborside, dinner for four at the Top of the Hub restaurant, four tickets to a performance at the Citi Performing Arts Center, four box seats at a Bruins or Celtics game at the TD Garden, a behind-the-scenes-tour of the newly expanded Isabella Stewart Gardner museum, a Duck Tour ride, a VIP tour of the personal diaries of John Adams, and a VIP tour of the Samuel Adams Brewery in Jamaica Plain. Oh and best of all: a photo with Mayor Menino! The lucky family (who also has the good fortune of helping boost folks’ interest in Boston tourism — Menino said “either on the field or off, the City of Boston wins by being able to showcase some of the best our great city has to offer”) will be chosen through a lottery.
At the end of the day, the two mayors really are good buddies after all — and they showed us with this little video.