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Bloomberg Bet Pays Off for Giants’ Fans

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Big Blue’s victory is the gift that keeps on giving for Giants’ fans.

Thanks to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s bet with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino four lucky fans will be getting an all-expense paid trip to Boston. The mayor’s each wagered a weekend excursion in their respective city for four fans of the winning team.  The Patriots loss is Giants’ fans gain.

You can enter to win the trip by visiting www.nyc.gov, calling 311 or texting 311692 beginning on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m and lasting until 10 a.m. Friday.

The trip to Boston will include: four roundtrip tickets on JetBlue, a two-night stay at the Ritz Carlton, dinner for four at Legal Seafoods Harborside and 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 at the Boston Public Library, a VIP tour of the Samuel Adams Brewery and a photo with Menino.

Giants celebrate Super Bowl victory at ticker-tape parade

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Almost one million New York Giants fans lined the Canyon of Heroes to party like it’s 2008.

After defeating the New England Patriots 21-17 in a rematch of Super Bowl 42, the Giants paraded down the Canyon of Heroes to celebrate the team’s second championship in four years.

The parade began at Battery Place and Washington Street at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 7 and continued northbound up the Canyon of Heroes to Worth Street. The parade was followed by a ceremony at City Hall Plaza, at which Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented the champion Giants with keys to the city.

As hundreds of thousands of supporters converged on downtown Manhattan, fellow followers of the team were stuck at work and class.

“I wish I was at the parade, unfortunately I couldn’t get out of work,” said Queens resident Jake Hendrickson. “I celebrated on Sunday.”

“I went in 2008, and it was a lot of fun. I skipped class that day, but today I had a test,” said Darren Adler. “It’s a great day for a parade.”

Those that were able to successfully play hookie from work and school were rewarded with a clear, sunny 47-degree day.

[Click here for all the photos from the parade]

The mayor who called Big Blue’s victory an “incredible win for our city,” said the parade would bring in between $19 to 38 million while costing the city nothing thanks to the parade’s sponsors.

The Giants super-win capped a run that featured the team going from 7-7 to Super Bowl champs, a feat that impressed Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“I congratulate the New York Giants on beating the odds and winning Super Bowl XLVI,” the governor said. “After nearly missing the playoffs, the Giants have made history by becoming the first NFL team to win the Super Bowl after going 9-7 in the regular season. I look forward to celebrating this victory with all New Yorkers.”

The game — a rare sequel that was just as good as the original — was still in the balance in the last minute.

“The game was amazing; how they won, beating New England, Eli [Manning] beating [Tom] Brady, everything,” said Giants fan Mario Guzman.

The Giants weren’t the only winners on Sunday — local politicians also cashed in on the win. Congressmember Gary Ackerman won New England clam chowder and clam rolls from Congressemember Mike Capuano. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will also be chowing on some chowder courtesy of Massachusetts Senator John Kerry.

Big Blue’s victory also scored four lucky New Yorkers an all-expense paid trip to Boston compliments of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.

Astoria Giants fans pack bars to watch Super Bowl victory

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Astoria, known for its booming nightlife, did not disappoint for the Super Bowl. Locals filled area bars hoping for a cold drink and a Giants victory.

Dan Drazka cozied up to the bar at Sissy McGinty’s, nursing a frosted Coors Light and dressed in a crisp Victor Cruz jersey—support for his favorite player.

“I hope [Victor Cruz] catches a lot of passes so I can learn to dance like him,” said Drazka.

Drazka’s girlfriend Veronica came out to watch the game, bringing along her parents.

Margaret Smith from Astoria was also watching the game at Sissy McGinty’s, along with several of her friends.

“I hope they kick Patriot ass,” said Smith.

Down the street at Tu Casa, Giants fans crammed themselves around the bar in the front room to catch the game.  Jonathan Franco, a Giants fan who came to Tu Casa to support his team, was hopeful for a Giants win.

“The anticipation and the duration, it’s definitely exciting,” said Franco.

Where to watch the Super Bowl in Queens

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It won’t be just Giants and Patriots fans hitting the bars to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 5 — more than 110 million people watched last year’s game.  Bars and restaurants throughout Queens feature food and drink specials for Giants fans and anyone else that wants to take in the Super Bowl 42 rematch.  Here are a few places to watch the game in Queens:

Bourbon Street, Bayside:

For $45 per person, enjoy a hot and cold buffet, unlimited mixed drinks, bottled and tap beer, wine and soda during the game.  Giveaways during the game will include a flat screen television, golf bags, beer coolers and bicycles.  Reservations and deposit required.

Bohemian Beer Garden, Astoria:

“The Biggest Tailgating Party in Astoria,” offers free admission, free hot dogs, wing specials and $10 pitchers of Staropramen and Pilsner Urquell and the game is played on a 200-inch high-definition screen.

Studio Square, Astoria:

Watch the game on multiple 60+ inch flat screens while enjoying unlimited beer, wine, sangria, loaded lemonade and red stag iced tea for $50 ($60 at door).  There is also a private loft party — $75 ($85 at door) — which includes a top shelf open bar and premium Studio Square catering.

Z Hotel, Long Island City:

The Z Hotel features numerous options for revelers.  For $55 fans can enjoy a four hour top shelf open bar and tailgate buffet.  Ten dollars more will feature a private VIP buffet.  The game will be displayed on multiple flat screen televisions and the party will feature halftime raffles.


Safari Beach Club, Bayside

Safari Beach Club on Bell Boulevard in Bayside is your Giants headquarters. Watch the big game on over 25 large, flat-screen TVs. Halftime giveaways and unlimited food and drinks for $50


Austin’s Ale House, Kew Gardens:

Root for the Giants with unlimited bottle beer and top shelf cocktails and a halftime buffet for $50.  Halftime will also feature raffles and giveaways. Deposit required.

Strawberry’s Sports Grill, Douglaston:

The Big Game will be played on 16 high-definition televisions.  For $50, drink unlimited draft beer and enjoy all you can eat wings.  Fans will also receive free “Big Blue Shots” for wearing Giants gear and whenever the team scores.  For $75, fans will get a top shelf open bar, family style dinner and guarantee seating.

Sly Fox Inn, Flushing:

Enjoy free blue shots when the Giants score, free halftime buffet and free hot dogs.  Drink specials, raffles and giveaways throughout the game.  Reserve your spot now.

Resorts World Casino New York City, South Ozone Park:

The Racino’s Big Game Tailgate Party in Bar 360 will play the game on the bar’s 16×28 foot high definition television.  The party begins at 5 p.m. and features $2 Domestic Drafts, $2 Hot Dogs, $2 Cup of Chili and $5 for 10 Hot Wings.  Genting Reward members can enjoy the Big Game Free Play from 8 a.m. until midnight on Sunday, February 5 — receive between $7 and $107 of free play.