Will Mike Piazza be in the 2013 Hall of Fame Class?

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It’s that time of year again when the Baseball Writers of America get to decide who makes it in to the prestigious Hall of Fame, and who is left out.  The votes have been cast and tallied and on Wednesday, the announcement will be made as to who is going to Cooperstown.

This year’s Hall of Fame class is a bit more popular than those prior.  That’s because a slew of MLB’s most controversial players were included on the ballot for the first time, including Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemons.  All three of these players have earned a first ballot HOF nod, however questions about performance enhancing drugs have tainted their legacy.  So who will make it?

My guess (not even a very educated guess, so don’t make fun of me when I’m wrong) is that only two players will earn the 75% of votes needed to get into the Hall:

The Houston Astros Craig Biggio and the New York Mets very own Mike Piazza.

Both players are on the ballot for the first time and it would certainly be a treat for the spiraling Mets organization to see one of their sons make it into the Hall of Fame.  This unfortunately leaves off a couple of other New York legends, specifically Yankees Roger Clemons, Bernie Williams and Don Mattingly.

We will see on Wednesday.

Photo Credit: Flickr / Darren LoPrinzi

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What’s Cool: Cherry Blossoms

Here at CitySights New York, we like things that are cool.  We also like things in New York.  So cool things in New York.. They’re the best.

More importantly, our goal is to show you how cool New York really is, whether it’s while riding on one of our famous bus tours, or while reading about it on our blog.  That is why every Friday we bring you ‘What’s Cool’, where we will tell you, well, you guessed it: something that’s pretty cool in New York City.  Get ready for the weekend because here’s what’s cool:

Springtime might be the most beautiful season of the year with flowers blooming, grass growing green and parks filling with people.  We can finally put our snow shovels (or in the case of this year, our somewhat heavy coats) away and enjoy Mother Nature for what she brings us.  That’s why this week, cherry blossoms are cool.  Not just any cherry blossoms, but the cherry blossoms in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

On Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, you should make your way out to our neighboring borough to enjoy Sakura Matsuri, popularly known as the Brooklyn Cherry Blossom Festival.  Walk through the Botanic Garden and marvel at the beautifully flowering trees.  If it doesn’t sound that cool to you, check out this video:

You cannot deny; that was pretty cool.  If you can’t make it during one of those dates, visit sometime around the end of April and view the cherry blossoms on your own.

Our Brooklyn Tour will take you all the way around the Brooklyn Botanic Garden where you will be able to take great pictures of the cherry blossoms, so you might just want to hop on that.  Also, is you’re really into the trees, head down to our nation’s capital for one of the most incredible Cherry Blossom Festivals in America going on now!

What do you think? Let us know in the comments how cool you think the Brooklyn Cherry Blossom Festival will be.

Day Trips to Philadelphia

Dear New York City,

We love you, but sometimes it’s great to escape your tremendous skyscrapers to explore the surrounding states.

This weekend, I had that exact plan in mind and hopped on a bus to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Yay road trip! 🙂

Roughly 80 miles from the Big Apple, Philly was the “meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the nation’s Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 and the Constitution on September 17, 1787.” (source)

Because I had never been to Philly before, I was extremely surprised that certain aspects of the city really resembled NYC!

For example:

Doesn’t the building on the left look like Grand Central Terminal and the building on the right resemble the Chrysler Building?

Obviously I’ve been in NYC a bit too long to be making these references! 🙂

The gorgeous, castle-like building is actually the Philadelphia City Hall and the skyscraper is called Liberty Place.

Philly also somewhat follows the NYC “Grid System” — the Street numbers increase the further West you walk. For example they read: 14th Street, 13th Street, 12th Street, etc. This layout is super easy to navigate if you hop-off the bus to explore the city!

Reading Terminal Market is a popular farmer’s market in the heart of the city known for their fresh produce, baked goods and of course… Philly Cheesesteaks.

Highly recommend the Roast Pork Cheesesteak with Greens from Tommy Dinic’s!

Add some banana peppers & spicy mustard to your sandwich and it will seriously change your life.

Yum!

What I also absolutely loved about Philly were the multiple public fountains scattered throughout the city.

As you can see, they were just about on every street corner!

Other places of interest in Philly:

  • Liberty Bell
  • Independence Hall
  • Laid back restaurants and bars along 13th Street
  • Gorgeous running path along Kelly Drive

Interested in day trips from NYC?

Click here to check out our Philadelphia and Amish Country Tour from New York City.