Play ball, run for a cause, rock on and play ball again with dear old Dad this Father's Day.
Mon Jun 14 2010
RECOMMENDED: Father's Day in New York
You don’t want to hear Dad tell that story about the time he watched Don Larsen pitch the only postseason perfect game in baseball history for the 223rd time. Get him to listen instead of talk with NYC Discovery Walking Tours’ two-for-one Father’s Day Doubleheader: The Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Dodgers (R.S.V.P. to 212-465-3331 for location and meeting place; Sat 19,Sun 20 at 2pm; $18). The tour traverses Brooklyn Heights, where stops include the homes of Hall of Famer Duke Snider and infielder and manager Leo “The Lip” Durocher, as well as the place where both Jackie Robinson and Sandy Koufax were signed. Along the way, history buffs will get to hear the surprisingly morbid history of the Brooklyn Bridge, with stories of the more than three dozen people who died building it (including designer John Roebling) and the additional 12 who were trampled to death upon its public opening.
See a 19th-century baseball game in action when the Mutual Base Ball Club of New York takes on the Mineola Washingtons for Take Dad Out to the Ballgame 1864 (Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, 895 Shore Road at Pelham Bay Park, Bronx; 718-885-1461, bpmm.org; Sat 19 at 1pm; $5--$15). During the game, players will don replica uniforms (complete with pantaloon-style trousers, and sans helmets or gloves), use reproduction balls and wooden bats, and play by the 1864 rules of the game. A rounders match follows the baseball shenanigans.
Or take in a modern version of America’s pastime by hopping on the 4 train to Yankee Stadium for three straight Subway Series games (Yankee Stadium, 1 E 161st St and River Ave, Bronx; 718-293-4300, mlb.com; Fri 18--Sun 20, times TBA; $14--$300). Get an added dose of nostalgia on the hour-long stadium tour, which takes you inside the New York Yankees Museum. For a cool $20, you’ll see the “Ball Wall” (hundreds of autographed baseballs displayed on a wall of the museum), Monument Park and the players’ dugout (tours happen every 20 minutes from noon to 1:40pm).
Delta is the official airline of both the Mets and Yanks, so it’s fitting that the conglomerate is celebrating the aforementioned Subway Series: During the Delta Dugout (Madison Square Park, Madison Ave between 23rd and 26th Sts; facebook.com/delta; Fri 18 10am--10pm, Sat 19 10am--6pm, Sun 20 10am--4pm; free), you can meet Yankees and Mets players of past and present, including Bronx Bomber pitcher Joba Chamberlain and the Amazins’ hurler Mike Pelfrey, who will judge the Fan Flair Challenge (fans will be judged on their team commitment based on their outfits). Or compete at Wii batting and fast-pitch stations. Even though you’re in Manhattan, you can also take advantage of stadium-style snacks: The park is home to the original location of Shake Shack, after all.
Bond with dad—and possibly run circles around him—all in the name of a good cause at the New York Road Runners’ Father’s Day Road Race Against Prostate Cancer (Meet at Central Park West and 69th St; 212-860-4455, nyrr.org; Sun 20 at 8:30am; $25--$40, children $$8, registration required). The five-mile trek around the park will conclude with a series of free prostate cancer screenings postrace (which may not be the most fun you’ll have all day, but it’s for your own good), as well as a raffle drawings and face painting for the youngsters (who have their own, shorter version of the race, which commences at 10:15am).
Dad can pretend like he’s Bear Grylls for a day during the Father’s Day Paddle (meet at 219th St and Bronx River Blvd, Bronx; 718-430-4665, bronxriver.org; Sun 20 at 9:30am; $20--$40, registration required), which travels along the upper portion of the Bronx River. Boaters will make their way from 219th Street to the Bronx Zoo in canoes, and take in the sights of the Bronx River Forest. Bring sunscreen, snacks and quick-drying clothes (just in case).
If your dad has always dreamed of rocking out on stage with Eric Clapton rather than just watching the guitar legend play on cable, then rekindle his six-stringed fantasy at The Earl Slick Guitar Clinic (The Studio, 251 W 30th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves, no. 3RW; 212-967-6124, onstagelivewithearlslick.com; Sun 20 noon--3pm; $100), a three-hour seminar in which Slick reveals his own golden rules of ax-playing success, talks about life on the road with David Bowie and many more of his famous collaborators, and spends some one-on-one time with each participant. (But you have to bring your own guitar.)
Let Dad relive his hippie past with a visit to “The Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New-York Historical Society” (170 Central Park West between 76th and 77th Sts; 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org; Tue--Fri 10am--8pm, Sat 10am--6pm, Sun 11am--5:45pm; $9--$12; through Sept 5). “Despite the Grateful Dead’s close association with California, the band and New York have been an important part of each other’s history,” says NYHS president and CEO Dr. Louise Mirrer. The exhibition—the first large-scale showing of materials from the University of California Santa Cruz’s Grateful Dead Archive—includes instruments, rarely seen or heard audio and video recordings of the band, photos, the group’s first recording contract, fan mail and the skeletons used in their “Touch of Grey” video.