Summer Bucket List

They say nothing compares to New York City in fall… but I think we can all agree: summer in New York is in a league of its own. When the weather is this nice, you can easily take advantage of all New York has to offer. People are relaxed, tanned, active, and happy. It’s prime time for meeting new people, starting a fling, and making memories with old friends. Here are our top picks for your summer. Go alone, bring a friend, or meet a new one – no matter what, these experiences will be ones to remember.

1) See an outdoor movie

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Bryant Park, the Hudson River, and Washington Square Park are just a few of the venues that offer free outdoor screenings of classics all summer long. Some of NYC’s famous and beautiful rooftops also offer movie screenings for a small price.

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2) Beach Volleyball on the pier

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Dear Brooklyn Bridge Park, we love you. Never change. Xoxo, ZogSports. Seriously, with the most stunning views of Manhattan you’ll find – this waterfront park sets a perfect backdrop for your beach volleyball games. We know, we know… the one thing New Jersey has on us is their beaches. How many times have you heard a friend complain that there’s just “not enough green” here in the city? Lay that notion to rest. Come play with us this season! With sand, sun, water, and greenery all around you – you’ll feel like you’ve left New York without actually having to do so.

PERFECT FOR: getting a tan

 

3) Rooftop Bars 

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Even if you do take a trip out of NY this summer – you KNOW you can’t stay away for long. No other city in the world has rooftop bars like ours. It’s rooftop season, and you should take advantage! Some of New York’s best even offer pool access. The ones that don’t still offer stellar views. If you’re trying to give your hometown friends FOMO, this is your chance. Sip on a delicious drink and get some shots of that skyline. You can go back to your favorite indoor bar in October. For now – have an affair with something that looks like this ^^

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4) Smorgasburg 

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Not everyone likes to drink. Some of us prefer FOOD. Head on down to the seaport district for your choice of the best NYC’s food vendors have to offer. Lobster rolls, gourmet doughnuts, ice cream sandwiches, and the famous Ramen Burger are all available here. Take your time browsing this flea market for food. And don’t forget to stock up – Smorgasburg is only around for a few short months!

PERFECT FOR: an outing with friends

 

5) Cornhole 

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Unfortunately, now that we’re all “adults” or whatever – we don’t get to take the summer off. Work happens year round and vacations are short! To keep your sanity, and to reconnect with your childhood – play cornhole! This low key game keeps it casual and fun. Your remedy for a hard day at work – come have fun with us and forget all about it. Make a new friend. Maybe even meet a new boyfriend or girlfriend so your parents can finally stop nagging you about it. How nice does that sound?

PERFECT FOR: remedying a long day at the office

 

6) Happy Hour 

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We take fun seriously and think you should, too! You’ve been cooped up, working hard all winter. Now’s the time to let loose, explore, and go outside your comfort zone. Everyone has their “regular” bar. But let’s be real – at your regular bar, you meet all the same old regular people, order the regular drink, and have the regular night. Time for you to try someplace new! Lucky for you, here at Zog, we introduce you to some new bars in the city at our post-game happy hours.

PERFECT FOR: the type of night they write songs about

 

7) Coney Island Boardwalk 

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Ferris wheels, fireworks, corndogs, and the beach? This is like your childhood dream of what Summer looked like. Is it really summer unless you eat a Popsicle on a boardwalk? You don’t have to venture too far. While the Jersey shore, Rhode Island, and Cape Cod are all viable options, Coney Island is a mere subway ride away. Bring your significant other and enjoy that magical carnival date she’s been secretly dying for you to take her on. I mean, really, haven’t you ever seen the Notebook?

PERFECT FOR: people watching

 

8) The Prospect Park Fireworks Show

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Show a little love to Brooklyn. Especially on July 4th. Manhattan has its own go-to spots for seeing the show – but ditch them. No other place in New York will give you the same experience. On a night like July 4th, Manhattan is a crowded mess. Similar to New Year’s Eve, there are so many options for things to do – it can be overwhelming and sort of a letdown. Skip all that and bring your squad to Prospect Park. The Fireworks show here is unrivaled and with a surprisingly manageable crowd. If you’re into taking photos – no other venue will give you the same quality of pictures! If you don’t believe us – just check Instagram.

PERFECT FOR: a great night with friends

 

9) Central Park New York Philharmonic 

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Speaking of fireworks – the Central Park New York Philharmonic show is an unmissable event this summer. Each year, the shows end with fireworks against the Manhattan skyline. But don’t come just for the sparks – come for the music! Tickets for the NYPhil are normally pretty high – this free event gives you the same experience for nothing at all. The most talented instrumentalists of New York come together to give you an incredible show. Bring a blanket and some wine, and have a great night.

PERFECT FOR: impressing your friend who’s into classical music and discussing politics

 

10) Throw an End-Of-Summer party with all your ZogSports friends!

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As summer comes to an end – you’re sure to have a whole new group of friends joining your squad and being a part of your life. Celebrate your friendship! Get together, take over someone’s apartment or house – and throw a banger to send off summer. Make sure Kanye is bumping on the playlist. He may not be coming back to New York for a while….

PERFECT FOR: turning acquaintances into BFFs

 

What’s on your summer bucket list?  Comment below or let us know on Instagram @ZogSports.

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Highlight of the Week – Friendly Competition

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What is your ZogSports Highlight?

Zog is a great way to get to know your co-workers better, and play basketball in a friendly but competitive environment. It’s a highlight of the week for me.

-Doug, Netsy, ZogSports Brooklyn

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Did you make the game winning catch?
Did you get the last cup in beer pong?
Did you meet the love of your life?

We want to hear about it!

Send your ZogSports highlight with photos of you and/or your team to Highlights@ZogSports.com.


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Why I Zog – Shafiq’s Story

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We know that ZogSports is the best way to meet new people in New York City, but we love to hear the evidence from first-time Zoggers!  Here’s Shafiq’s story:

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“I moved to NYC a few months back, and my roommate at the time highly recommended ZogSports to me (He also wore many cool colored ZogSports’ t-shirts around the apartment). So being the kind of person who loves to hang out, play sports, and meet new people, I decided to check out the Zog website. Fortunately for me, I found the perfect Sport (Volleyball), on the perfect day (Sunday), in the perfect location (Brooklyn Bridge Park)! Pretty much signed up on the spot.

The first meet was pretty awesome as I got to meet most of the team! We weren’t totally on the same page yet, but going to a happy hour (recommended spot by Zog) after week 1 got us talking and helped create a strong camaraderie. What was really cool is that we started doing all sorts of events around game time from week to week including brunches, sticking around to play more volleyball, and even exploring Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg together! Many of us also hung out together and watched the 4th of July fireworks together thanks to a warm invitation from a teammate! From there we got better every week and learned to communicate on court more effectively!  We even started having some inside jokes (whose got middle?).

This was a phenomenal first time experience, and I made some awesome friends along the way! I plan on trying other Zog sports as well as keeping in touch with current teammates to see what other sports they will be participating in, as well as what they are up to around NYC!

We got playoffs coming up this weekend and hoping to win it all! Go “Orange is the new BLOCK”!”

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Your new best friends are waiting for you!  Meet them now at ZogSports.com.

Zogger Living Out Your Streetball Dreams

“Roatti the White Tiger” is blowing up the internet! Some of you may recognize this Zogger as Rich Boatti, a participant from our football leagues. From Deadspin to Bleacher Report to Gothamist, his streetball skills are entertaining the country! We decided to step behind the scenes and see how it all went down.

What’s your record number of 3 pointers for one game?

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Boatti taking a bball break in Atlantic City

I’m not sure what my one-game record is for threes, but the most consecutive I’ve hit in a row is 4. I’ve done that two other times (not counting the time in the video).  So if I ever hit 5 straight I expect the video of that to be 20% more viral.

Who decided to record the game?

I actually didn’t know the game was being recorded until after I hit the third one in the video.  The cameraman is friends with the guys in the game and he told me afterwards that he just got a new camera and was testing it out by recording his friends playing streetball. It took me about four months to track him down and get the footage.  If it wasn’t for him none of this craziness would be happening, so shout out to George!

Is there going to be a rematch?

There has already been a rematch – I play with those guys every now and then.  The teams weren’t exactly the same but the team I was on lost, and I only hit 2 threes in that game.  I did have the same defender though, and he was determined not to let me show him up again and fouled me pretty much every time I touched the ball.

Boatti photobombing during a Zog happy hour

Boatti photobombing during a Zog happy hour

Where can we watch you playing next?

I play at those courts pretty much every weekend as long as the weather is nice.  We have plans to play this Saturday around 1 pm.  The courts are at Washington Park, which is on Washington Ave right off the BQE in Brooklyn.

What songs are on your pre-game playlist?

I usually listen to high-energy hip hop to psych myself up before sporting events, so a typical sample would include “Hard in Da Paint” by Waka Flocka, “Scenario” by Tribe Called Quest, “BMF” by Rick Ross, “Victory” by Puff and Biggie, “Dead Wrong” by Biggie, “Dirt off Your Shoulder” and “Off That” by Jay-Z, “Primetime” by Kanye and Jay-Z, “Fire in the Hole” by Method Man and Redman, “Hate Me Now” by Nas, “John” by Lil Wayne, and other party anthems like those.

Anything else you want to share about the game?

I’m not saying anything, but several commentators on YouTube have mentioned that when the defender strips the ball from me on the last sequence it looked like a foul.  But again, I’m not saying anything.

Most importantly, where did the street name “Roatti the White Tiger” come from?

Roatti the White Tiger was coined by my best friend’s older brother (and also great friend), Dan Frosch, who is now a respected reporter for the New York Times haha.  Around 1990 he went to the Bronx Zoo and they had a white tiger on display whose name was “Roatti” or “Coatti” or something like that. Since my last name is “Boatti,” and my first name starts with an “R,” he started calling me “Roatti the White Tiger” and the name stuck.

UWSLoves: One Zogger Makes A Difference

After safely riding out Sandy in her apartment on the UWS, Zogger Amanda Bickerstaff wanted to help any way she could. After spending a few days volunteering at Red Cross shelters all around Long Island, she returned back to her UWS home and realized she wanted to do even more. As she was busy cooking in her kitchen, she thought of the perfect idea to continue helping out. That was when she decided to form her very own organization, UWSLoves. Amanda spent the next three weeks feeding 1,500 people hot food, baking for over 1,500 people, and making over 3,000 sandwiches right out of her home. Through the help of friends and volunteers, they were able to help communities in Rockaway, Coney Island and Brooklyn.  As the recovery went on, she joined forces with Do Your Part, a 501(c)3 charity that has been integral in disaster relief since Hurricane Katrina. Through her efforts they have raised over $30,000 in monetary and in kind donations, hosted a group of volunteers from Vermont, hosted a Children’s Festival in Rockaway, and helped out hundreds of families. Biscuts

A year later, the communities are still in need, so UWSLoves is hosting a fundraiser on October 26th at No Idea Bar to raise additional money. All donations will go towards families, like the one of a volunteer firefighter in Gerristen Beach that has spent so much time helping others that she has neglected her own recovery and must now completely rebuild her home. Click here to purchase tickets for the event.

Hope to see you there Zoggers!

Welcome to The Zog Blog!

For all of you Zoggers out there, we’re thrilled to introduce you to our official blog! Now you will be able to find out the latest news and updates circulating the ZogSports team, nationwide. Whether you’re an east or west coast Zogger you can gear up for sports related news happening across our beloved U.S. of A.

For those of you just joining the ZogSports team, we could not be more thrilled to have you. Some of you may be wondering, what is Zogging all about? As a Zogger you can kick, hit, shoot and thro1016785_10151520707091272_597549025_nw in any of our co-ed, social sports leagues.  Looking to ball with your buddies around NYC? ZogSports can hook you up from the UWS to Queens to Brooklyn. No worries if you’re in NJ, we’ve got leagues upon leagues all around the Garden State! Now that we have expanded up and down the east coast, all of you in Atlanta and DC can also get in on the Zog fun. Moved out west? Zog has you covered there too. Located in LA and San Fran you can enjoy ZogSports leagues and awesome happy hours in sunny California all year round.

Whether you’re a new college grad or just moved to a new big city, ZogSports is here to get you out of your living room and into the game…and the bar! You can join as a full team, small group, or individual, so there is something for everyone. Visit ZogSports.com to find out how YOU can get involved. And in the mean time, go get your Zog on!