New York City in June

by NYJ Team

Visiting New York in June is a must for those who like a taste of everything. The weather isn’t too warm and although the city is bustling, it’s not yet unpleasantly full with the summer rush of tourists.

Average highs and lows of 79?F (26?C) and 64?F (18?C) still means the occasional sweater and umbrella use is necessary, but with outdoor season starting in New York, the colder days are few and far between.

The numerous outdoor music and film festivals which include the Bryant Park Film Festival, Jazz Festival and Shakespeare in the Park should give travellers a great taste of New York’s cultural scene. Most of these festivals are also free. It is advisable to pack a picnic basket and a blanket to make the festivals just that much more comfortable.

June also welcomes the Restaurant Week back, where New York’s top eateries offer 5 star meals at discount prices. There is also the Annual Lesbian and Gay Pride Week, Puerto Rican Day Parade and Mermaid Parade to look out for – entertainment in true cosmopolitan New York style. June in New York is definitely a time for the outdoors and cultural experiences.

Yankee Stadium History

by NYJ Team

On the 6th of February 1921, the Yankees sent out a press release stating the intended purchase of 10 acres of land in the Bronx. Just one year later, the Yankees bought Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox. This set a precedent which would make the New York Yankees one of the most successful and influential sports teams in the world.

Initially sharing a stadium with the Giants, the Yankees broke away to build their own stadium which have the capacity to host 70,000 fans. On opening day, the stadium was crammed with spectators, with thousands more cramming outside the gates. The inaugural game took place against the Red Sox, with Babe Ruth hitting a three-run homer to smash the Sox 4-1. The new stadium and new fame was a thorn in the side of the Giants who were not used to playing second fiddle to the Yankees. This rivalry was compounded when the Yankees hosted the first of their 33 World Series over their former landlords, the Giants. The total currently stands at 26. Because of Babe Ruth’s enigmatic pulling power, the stadium became known as ??The House That Ruth Built??.

Over the years the stadium has undergone certain aesthetic and comfort changes, but the true character and appeal of the Yankee Stadium is still very much a part of a history which can still be felt today.

If you enjoy reading about history, New York Journey features an interesting section on the history of New York City.

Fleet Week

by NYJ Team

Fleet Week, taking place from May 23 to 30, 2007, is one event that should not be missed. Any person with a remote interest in the sea – and even those without any – will revel in the splendour of what Fleet Week has to offer. Thousands of sailors, marines, coast guardsmen and naval officers from around the world will participate in this year’s event. Having taken place almost every year since 1984, Fleet Week is New York’s way of thanking its servicemen as well as making the armed forces more accessible to the wider community.

This is also an opportunity for the US to show off its latest toys, with visitors to Fleet Week able to board certain vessels and watch the exhibitors demonstrate some of the newest naval technology on offer. Furthermore, there will also be international ships participating in Fleet Week and therefore an opportunity to see what other countries’ naval forces have to offer. Visitors to Fleet Week are also able to personally meet the personnel who man the vessels. In 2006, almost 100,000 people visited this event and this year the number is expected to grow.

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