Category Archives: Across the River

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Inaugural Yogi Berra Museum Awards Dinner

Inaugural Yogi Berra Museum Awards Dinner

On May 12th, the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center hosted over three hundred Museum supporters at New York City’s Plaza Hotel for the Inaugural Yogi Berra Museum Awards Dinner. The evening, which was held on the beloved Montclair figure’s would be-92nd birthday, saluted individuals who embody the qualities that made the New York Yankees icon an American treasure. 

“Although Yogi is no longer with us, the values he lived by are more important today than ever,” says Eve Schaenen, Executive Director of the Yogi Berra Museum. “All proceeds from this awards dinner will support the work we’re doing at the Museum to sustain Yogi’s legacy and the ideals he lived by his entire life, both on and off the field.”

Boomer Esiason, Lou Lamoriello and Robert Wahl awarding the inaugural Yogi Berra Museum Humanitarian Award to the McMullen Family Foundation.

The Museum presented the inaugural Yogi Berra Museum Humanitarian Award to the McMullen Family Foundation for their philanthropic leadership and commitment to community.

The first Yogi Berra Museum Teammate Award went to legendary Yankee pitcher Ron Guidry, Yogi’s close companion and mentee.

The first Yogi Berra Museum Service Award went to NFL stars Devin and Jason McCourty for their charitable initiatives.

The Museum also awarded the first Carmen Berra Award to Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal, General Partner and Vice Chair of the New York Yankees.

His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan opened the evening’s program with an invocation. Then the night’s all-star emcees took over: former NFL quarterback and current football analyst Boomer Esiason; and the star of the television comedy series Arliss, Robert Wuhl. The evening concluded with a performance by Jersey Shore mainstays Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, who were joined on stage by Yankee great – and great musician – Bernie Williams! 

The event co-chairs were Lou Lamoriello and Finn Wentworth.

The Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center is a nonprofit sports education organization on the campus of Montclair State (NJ) University. The Museum’s mission is to preserve and promote the values of perseverance, respect, sportsmanship and excellence through inclusive, culturally diverse, sports-based educational exhibits and programs. For additional information, please visit YogiBerraMuseum.org.

Yankees Stadium

Yankees Stadium Unveils New Attractions for the 2017 Season!

Take #HipNJ out to the ballgame!

When diehards flock to Yankees Stadium for the New York Yankees home opener on April 10th, they’ll be cheering for more than just the Bronx Bombers versus Tampa Bay Rays. The team recently unveiled a slew of exciting social gathering spaces and concession options that will entice even the most ardent anti-sports fan!

mastercard Batters Eye

Mastercard Batters Eye

New Stadium social gathering locations include:

SUNRUN KIDS CLUBHOUSE: The Sunrun Kids Clubhouse will be Yankee Stadium’s first-ever children’s zone. Shaped like a mini-baseball field with a soft artificial surface, the 2,850-square-foot area is located on the 300 Level in right field and outfitted with Yankees-themed playground equipment, including oversized baseballs, bases and baseball cards, a 6-foot-high replica World Series trophy and interactive exhibits. Parents can join their children on the play area or choose to oversee them from a nearby dugout. Television monitors will ensure that no one misses any game action. On warm days, a retractable shade can be extended to cover the play area. The Sunrun Kids Clubhouse also includes two family restrooms equipped with changing tables. The new #HipNJ mom will be happy to know they will have additional private space, including lounge chairs, a television and power outlets for those using electric breast pumps.

MASTERPASS BATTER’S EYE DECK: Located on the 200 Level in center field with a clear, sweeping view of the entire Stadium, the Masterpass Batter’s Eye Deck has been expanded to 3,500 square feet and includes drink-rails overlooking the field. This outdoor gathering space will feature craft beers, cocktails and a large selection of food options. We’re salivating over their new food features including The Mutz, which is a hand-pulled mozzarella sandwiches with mixed vegetables!

BULLPEN TERRACES: Frank’s RedHot Terrace (overlooking the visitors bullpen in left field) and the Toyota Terrace (overlooking the Yankees bullpen in right field) are open-air social gathering areas on the 100 Level. Each terrace features its own specialty food and drink options. Drink-rail locations at the landings will have power/USB outlets. As a result of this reconfiguration, all obstructed-view seats in the Bleachers have been removed. We can’t wait to try the Frank’s RedHot Chicken Diablo Sandwich featuring grilled chicken breast, Frank’s RedHot sauce, blue cheese! We also love how our vegetarian friends are included in the mix, with the introduction of the Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bun with celery slaw and creamy blue cheese!

BUDWEISER PARTY DECKS: Located in Sections 311 and 328, Budweiser Party Decks feature shaded stand-alone bar areas serving beer, cocktails and food. Drink-rail and barstool seating provides fans a relaxed and casual setting from which to enjoy sweeping views of the field and game action.

AT&T SPORTS LOUNGE featuring DirecTV service: The new AT&T Sports Lounge featuring DirecTV service at Section 134 on the Field Level includes a full bar with craft beers and cocktails. Tables, stools and large-screen televisions tuned to the Yankees broadcast and other live sporting events provide a sports-bar atmosphere on the Stadium’s main outdoor concourse in left field. Additionally, power/USB outlets are available for charging phones or tablets.

Mighty Quinn's Brontosaurus Rib Plate

Mighty Quinn’s Brontosaurus Rib Plate.

Before crossing the GWB, download the Yankees Stadium dining guide and receive more information on its new amenities at Yankees.com/Eats.

BELLA Magazine New York

BELLA New York Magazine Holiday Party with Celebrity Guests

By: Jaclyn Natoli #HipNJ kicked off the holiday season in a marvelous way! We had a blast at the BELLA New York Magazine holiday party at Arlo Hudson Square featuring NBC personalities Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. The room was well-decorated in Christmas décor, festive music played in the background, while scrumptious food and drinks were served all night. Outside vendors had tables of their products including: jewelry, wine, skin care products, lavish clothes, organic foot peel, and luxury car services and a Bahamas vacation giveaway for four nights and three days! The hit of the party, unsurprisingly, were the featured celebrity guests. While I was walking around the room looking at the different products, I saw people rushing towards the door. Kathie Lee and Hoda had just walked into the room and everyone wanted to get a picture with them. They patiently stood by the red carpet taking pictures and answering questions that anyone may have. I got a chance to talk to them and I realized that Kathie Lee and Hoda are genuine and cordial people, who take the time to get to know everyone. Even though I didn’t walk away with a Ferrari or a trip to the Bahamas, I still had a great time at the BELLA New York Magazine holiday party!  The event was definitely worth the bus ride into the city, and I’m already counting down to next year!