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January 19, 2014

You'll love New York Going to the Super Bowl? Then cross the Hudson to enjoy what the Big Apple has to offer

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For sightseeing advice, the city’s tourism agency, NYC & Company, has a tent between 43rd and 44th streets and an information desk on Macy’s mezzanine (http://www.nycgo.com).

FOOTBALL AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is more likely to be associated with Egyptian artifacts and Renaissance paintings than football. But the museum on Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street is getting into the Super Bowl spirit with an exhibit of vintage football cards called “Gridiron Greats.” It’s on display from Jan. 24 to Feb. 10 (http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2014/gridiron-greats).

About 150 cards printed between 1894 and 1959 will be shown, from the first football cards ever produced to cards featuring legendary coach Knute Rockne and Jim Thorpe, one of the 20th century’s greatest athletes. Rare action photos of early varsity teams also will be on display.

Other museums with football exhibits include: the interactive “You Make the Call: Learn to be An NFL Official” at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan through Feb. 28; and at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, “Madden NFL: 25 Years and Running,” a look at the enduringly popular football video game, through Feb. 23.

BIG APPLE CLASSICS

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island have reopened to visitors following months of closure after Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

For panoramic views of the city from up high, take your pick of observatories: the Empire State Building or Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center.

If you don’t mind the cold, there’s nothing lovelier or more New York than walking across the Brooklyn Bridge. For the best view, take the A or C train to the High Street stop in Brooklyn and walk back to Manhattan to see the skyscraper canyons coming into view with every step.

Skating rinks at Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park and Wollman Rink in Central Park are among the most magical places you will ever take a spin on the ice.

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