Showdown: Boston vs. New York

Published On January 23, 2013 | By Jill Saftel

In honor of the Bruins’ trip to New York this evening to take on the Rangers, here’s a little city vs. city showdown.


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So far this season, the Bruins are 2-0 while the Rangers are an opposite 0-2. Boston came out victorious in their 3-1 season-opening win against New York, but I wouldn’t expect the Rangers to stay down for long. Still, you can’t argue with their records, and the Bruins have won the Stanley Cup most recently. Also, I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want to go against the guys in black and gold.

Verdict: Bruins it is.



Man, oh man, where do we start. Patriots fans are down in the dumps, still nursing their AFC Championship hangovers. And while the New England team isn’t in the Super Bowl, let’s take a look at just where the New York teams got this season. Oh right, nowhere. The Buffalo Bills missed the playoffs and are kind of irrelevant to this conversation, so we’ll leave them out. Then there are the Giants. But then we have the Jets. Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Rex Ryan … the drama played out like a recap of your 16-year-old sister’s week at high school. And while people might be hating on the Patriots pretty heavily right now, they got much farther than either New York team.

Verdict: Patriots by a landslide.



This one hurts, but it has to be done. At the risk of being disowned by my lifelong Red Sox fan of a father, I think this one might be leaning toward New York. The Yankees are a baseball machine, a dynasty, and after the last two seasons the Sox have had in Boston, baseball has seen better days in the Bean. Let’s rip this one off like a bandage.

Verdict: Yankees take this one for New York.


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We have the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets up against the Boston Celtics. The Celtics have a 20-21 record, sitting third in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference behind the Nets in second (25-16) and the first-place Knicks (25-14). However, the Celtics always play their best late in the season and the NBA gets so much more exciting as the playoffs approach. With Boston’s recent playoff history, this one might be knotted.

Verdict: Draw.

And a few non-sports extras for fun: 


Public Transportation & Getting Around

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Let’s think about this for a second.

Just kidding, no contest here. New York, you win with your easy-to-understand numerical street names and grid-like layout. So logical, so tourist friendly.

Verdict: NYC for the win.

Night Life

Thanks to Mayor Tom Menino, you might be having the night of your life while out in Boston, but you better believe you’re going home at 2 a.m. when the bar kicks you out. In New York you can keep that party going until at least 4 a.m. Verdict: hat’s another one for good ol’ NYC.


By food I mean pizza, because, come on … it’s pizza. But this Boston girl has to give another one to New York. While the North End puts up some serious competition with some authentic Italian, there’s a reason we have pizza places in Boston called “New York Pizza.”

Verdict: New York


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Jill studies journalism at Northeastern University, covers Hockey East for College Hockey News and is the sports editor for The Huntington News. You can follow her on Twitter at @jillsaftel, just don't ask her to choose between hockey and baseball, it's impossible.