Soccer is quickly becoming the cool thing in NYC—not only to be a fan, but also to participate. One of the busier fields in the city is located in the Lower East Side where Chrystie and Grand intersect. Whether it's the cool kids kicking around in the midweek adidas FANATIC league or the serious footballers playing for keeps in the weekend Bowery Premier league, there is always a group of like-minded people gathered to admire the beautiful game. Now that the Word Cup is over, join a team and do your best Messi impersonation. Just don't hurt yourself in the process.
Oh, and feel free to grab a drink at any of the great watering holes in the neighborhood. There's nothing better than ending a great footy session with a pint of something imported. — Julian Patterson