“Isn’t it an old man’s sport?” is the first thing you usually hear when you mention you play on a bocce league. And, yeah, sure, it’s it’s a favorite among the older set in Italy. But bocce’s been exported all over the world, brought by Italian immigrants as they settled in new lands. New York is no exception. Bocce has taken root here and blossomed — and for a good reason: It’s tons of fun!
New to the sport and want to play? NYC Social’s bocce leagues are the best way to go. NYC Social puts the emphasis on social. And no game is more social than bocce. Brittany LoSchiavo, a Brooklyn league bocce player, says it has an advantage over faster-play league sports. “Socializing in other leagues is limited to before and after the game.” Whereas a bocce game is slow enough that you can get to know your opponents while you play.(more…)
New York City is one giant melting pot, millions of people from all places on earth squeezed into 300 square miles. Of course you’re meeting new people left and right… right? Wrong. New Yorkers can be friendly to strangers, but stepping into their world is a real challenge. We dig individual canals through this city by treading the same ground over and over again: the same train to work, the same dive bars afterwards, the same friend’s band’s show, the same hungover brunch spots. Eight million people all brushing shoulders with each other, but no more than that.
And now they’re saying that loneliness not only sucks, it’s killingyou, too. (Thanks, science!) Oh, on top of that? It’s crazy difficult to make friends as an adult — even more so in NYC! If this is true (and not just some friendless social researcher’s cry for help), then you gotta do some work to get the odds in your favor. Sitting inside moping won’t help and asking a stranger on the subway to be your friend will likely get you tased. If you want to make friends in a city full of strangers, you need exposure to people you’d never meet anywhere else. And if the people won’t come to you, then you must go to the people! Cue NYC Social.(more…)
Though today’s game would be familiar to the ancient Egyptians, it was the early Romans—using coconuts—who popularized bocce. And via the Romans it spread like wildfire all over Europe. In fact it became so popular that many—the king of Spain, the Republic of Venice, even the Pope—restricted its play because it was taking soldiers away from honing their much-needed archery (and other combat) skills.
“First we finish the game,” Sir Francis Drake is supposed to have said. “then we’ll deal with the Armada!”
Thanks to Italian immigrants (a major component of Brooklyn’s makeup) the game arrived on our shores. Now’s your chance to join the fun. NYC Bocce, “a sports and social club with the emphasis on social,” organizes games throughout the year. But hurry — the last day to register for summer session is July 1.
If you’re not fleeing with the masses on summer weekends, why not hop on a free ferry to a grassy, culture-filled haven where you don’t have to share your picnic grass? Ladies and gents, the best part of a NYC summer (in my non-humble opinion) is now open for gallivanting! Governors Island opened Friday for the season, and will be open every Saturday, Sunday, and holiday Monday from 10 – 7 until September 30. (more…)
For those of you who grew up in Park Slope (“The Slope”) and are recent members of the over 21 club you’ll remember Union Hall, established in 2006, as the bar that never took your fake ID. Years later, chock full of legality you’re now broke and ready to mingle. Tucked in the heart of The Slope at 702 Union St., Union Hall has hearty leather chairs, walls covered with fully loaded bookshelves and age old portraits. It has something for everyone — even those with little cash to spare. With Park Slope real estate prices soaring and Fifth Avenue bar specials dwindling, the cheap and free events at Union Hall are a go-to for any day of the week. Here are a few of our favorite free events to watch for. (more…)