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The subway will get you directly to stadiums of both New York-area major-league teams. In 2009, the New York Mets moved from Shea Stadium to the neighboring, newly constructed Citi Field, at the next-to-last stop on the 7 train, in Queens; the New York Yankees also got a new home at the new Yankee Stadium. Affiliated with the Mets since 2001, the minor-league Brooklyn Cyclones are named for Coney Island's famous wooden roller coaster. They play 38 home games at KeySpan Park, next to the boardwalk, with views of the Atlantic over the right-field wall and views of historic Astroland over the left-field wall. Most people make a day of it, with time at the beach and amusement rides before an evening game. Take the D, F, or Q subway to the end of the line, and walk one block to the right of the original Nathan's Famous hot dog stand.
For another fun, family-oriented experience, check out the Staten Island Yankees, one of New York's minor-league teams, which warms up many future New York Yankees players. The stadium, a five-minute walk from the Staten Island Ferry terminal, has magnificent panoramic views of Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.
Brooklyn Cyclones (MCU Park, 1904 Surf Ave., at 19th St., Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY, 11224. 718/449-8497. www.brooklyncyclones.com. Subway: D, F, N, Q to Stillwell Ave.)
New York Mets (Roosevelt Ave. off Grand Central Pkwy., Flushing, Queens, NY, 11368. 718/507–8499. www.mets.com. Subway: 7 to Mets/Willets Pt.)
Staten Island Yankees (Richmond County Bank Ballpark, 75 Richmond Terr., St. George, Staten Island, NY, 10301. 718/720–9265. www.siyanks.com.)
New York Yankees (Yankee Stadium, 161st St. at River Ave., Bronx, NY, 10451. 718/293–6000. www.yankees.com. Subway: B, D, 4 to 161st St.–Yankee Stadium, or some Metro-North Hudson Line trains.)
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