While I haven’t been watching much of the World Cup, I do appreciate the effect it has on the city. I love walking by fans clad in their national colors, spilling out of bars or huddling around TVs in shop windows.
It makes me feel like I’m in another country—pretty much any other country than here, where this kind of communal viewing is common.
Today I stumbled upon an amazing site, Global Soccer, Global NYC, that wonderfully illustrates this phenomenon. Its founders, Braden Ruddy, Owen Dodd and Rob Navarro, depict NYC soccer fans watching matches in gathering places (usually bars and restaurants) relevant to their home countries. The photos and accompanying text give a nice snapshot of the countries, their teams and NYC’s immigrant communities:
I’m definitely going to be keeping up with Global Soccer, Global NYC. (And checking out some of those bars and restaurants!)
(Images via Global Soccer, Global NYC)