London 2012 Olympic Games: A guide for the New Yorker

Trust us, the London 2012 Olympic Games are best experienced in NYC. We’ve found great spots for watching the action, where to try out Olympic sports and more.



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The torch of the London 2012 Olympic Games

The torch of the London 2012 Olympic Games Photograph: London 2012

If you're watching the London 2012 Olympic Games from afar (and believe us, you're best off avoiding that shitshow), here's what you need to know to get the most out of the Olympiad from the safety of New York: From bluffer's guides to each Olympic sport, to the venues, to where you can try Olympic sports in NYC, and—most importantly—where to booze while watching athletes embody human achievement.

The London 2012 Olympic Games officially begin on July 27 (the first round of women's soccer kicks off on July 25 and the men's soccer on July 26) and runs to the closing ceremony on August 12.

Olympic sports in NYC: An A-Z guide of where to play

Try almost every Olympic sport without leaving town.

Date these single New York athletes

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Top sports art to get you psyched about the Olympics

From baseball and basketball to weight lifting and wrestling, TONY offers its Olympics-size survey of sports art.

The top 50 sports films of all time

Get into the game with our definitive list of the best movies about athletics.

Date these Olympians

Yup, date these guys. Plus, three more who competed in Olympic trials.

Join the London 2012 Olympic Games craze

These local sports venues and events tap into the fervor across the pond.

Photos: Viewing party at Eventi Plaza

Sports fans and those who just look the part celebrated the Opening Ceremonies.

Olympics portraits

Joe Klamar's controversial photos of the U.S. team go on display at the powerHouse Arena.

The ultimate Olympics playlist

Pump up your adrenaline in support of Team USA with these winning tunes.

Great walks: Olympics

The London 2012 Olympic Games won’t be the only things revving up your adrenaline after this sporty walk.

London venue guide

Explore the London Olympic venues in the capital and beyond, and find out what's happening where Olympic Park.

Olympic sports guides

Everything you need to know about every Olympic sport heading into London 2012.

10 best sports bars

Believe it or not, some sports bars don't suck—try one of these standouts.

The Anglophile's guide to NYC

Missing Blighty? Have a cuppa, don your best mod gear and pretend you're a Brit for a day.

International beauty products

Make pampering an international event with these worldly beauty products, which hail from countries participating in the Summer Olympics.

Where to watch the opening ceremony

Embrace the Olympic spirit with these costume parties and screening extravaganzas.

Where to play sports in New York

Gay sports leagues in NYC

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Where to play tennis

Make like McEnroe and practice your swing at one of these public courts.

Outdoor volleyball

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Live out your Top Gun fantasies at these sun-soaked outdoor courts.

Where to kayak

Get some exercise and catch awesome views of the city at these free kayaking spots.

Water sports in New York

Cool off in the summer by learning water sports like sailing.

Best fitness/gear shops

Little-known fact: Exercise is 50 percent more effective if you look the part.

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