Downtown route to Brooklyn and a night at the Basketball
This morning we woke to a grey sky but this didn't worry us in the beginning as we were taking the Downtown Tour on the Hop On Hop Off bus. We were issued with several rain ponchos both to sit on and wear. By the time we got to Times Square we were both freezing and damp. No problem, we moved downstairs, it was dry. We changed to the Brooklyn bus and once again endured the cold and wet. You would think at our ages we would know better than to sit out in the elements.
The old brownstones and nicely kept neighbourhoods provide plenty of interesting sites. We travelled via the Manhattan Bridge which is 104 years old and looks its age. Interestingly it also carries rail traffic.
At the end of the tour, in order to warm up we visited the Fraunces Tavern in the Finance District again.
Tonight we went to our first ever professional basketball game. It is the first round of the finals playoff. Chicago Bulls vs Brooklyn Nets. Before the game tonight Chicago was leading 3-1.
The Brooklyn Nets are a professional basketball team based in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. They are a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team is one of two NBA franchises that play home games in New York City; the other is the Knicks.
An original member of the American Basketball Association (ABA), the Nets were founded in 1967 and initially played in Teaneck, New Jersey as the New Jersey Americans. After 35 seasons in New Jersey, the team returned to the state of New York in 2012 to play in the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn as the Brooklyn Nets.
The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois, playing in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team was founded in 1966 and won six NBA championships between 1991 and 1998 with two three-peats. All six championship teams were led by Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and coach Phil Jackson. The Bulls won an NBA record-72 games during the 1995–96 NBA season and are the only team in NBA history to win 70 games or more in a single season.
The game was competitive but the one sided crowd got their wish for a home side victory.
The atmosphere was electric. The sound and geeing up of the crowd through music, light shows and between quarters and time out was simply engaging. The half time entertainment was superb. Here are a couple of examples. A performance artist painted this picture which being quite gymnastic in tune with rap music.
The game itself was wonderful. We think we might maintain our interest in Basketball. As temporary citizens of New York, we barracked for the Brooklyn Nets.
We returned back to the hotel on the subway. The exit was fast and orderly for 19,000 patrons.