Whether because of our diverse population and the cosmopolitanism, or the hype gathering around a major media narrative in an ever more interconnected yet fragmented world and the increasing global awareness of our politics, footie seems to be bigger than ever in New York, Brooklyn especially. Anecdotally at least, anyway.
Two years ago, I left Spike Hill at halftime of the European Championship final—Spain v. Germany—because the standing-room-only crowd was thoroughly blocking my view of the game. This was a half-dozen blocks or so away from McCarren Park Pool, where The Hold Steady was about to play. Everyone is showing the World Cup—last night I discovered that, after more than a year without a TV, the Brooklyn Public House bought a flatscreen just to show the World Cup. As you can see, all games will be live on ESPN—or ABC on weekday afternoons—and, if you don't have cable, or just prefer Spanish announcers, on Univision. (I recommend Univision.) If you're at work, try here.
After the jump, a list of the places that have sent me a press release announcing their World Cup TV schedule.
None of these, I venture to say, would be among the first places to pop into your head ('cept maybe the last one). Whatever that place is, it's almost certainly showing the World Cup, too.