Soccer Shops And Spongebob the Musical

Soccer leagues have kicked off across the city and that means it’s new-boot season for thousands of New Yorkers. Sure, you can buy from Soccer.com or Amazon, but nothing beats browsing irl. Especially since soccer shops look like Spongebob the Musical. About 90% of the boots are neon, the balls are Patrick Star pink and… Continue reading Soccer Shops And Spongebob the Musical

Ridgewood, QNS

Several distinct soccer cultures converge in Ridgewood, a little triangle along the Brooklyn border hemmed in by the industrial zone north of Metropolitan Ave and the freighter tracks to the east. Yesterday, I saw a guy walking on Fresh Pond Road in a Lewandowski jersey (representative of the neighborhood’s large Polish population) and a little… Continue reading Ridgewood, QNS

Soccer in the Shadow of NYCFC Stadium

Mulally Park sits on the north side of Yankee Stadium – behind left field, an area few Yankee and NYCFC fans visit if they don’t already live in the Bronx – between Jerome Ave and the 4 Train. It has a skatepark, several basketball and handball courts, grassy fields, flowered walkways and two tight, green… Continue reading Soccer in the Shadow of NYCFC Stadium

Red Bull family needs Red Bull

On Tuesday night, I followed a family through the underground hallway between 6th and 7th Avenues and down the steps to the L train. The mom, dad and son headed to Brooklyn bundled in beefy coats and mittens and the kid kept his fur-lined hood over his head though we were about to enter a steamy… Continue reading Red Bull family needs Red Bull

Man Utd Brbr

Last Saturday, I got off the C train at the Lafayette stop in Fort Greene and walked down Hanson Place toward the Barclay’s Center when I encountered On Point Barber Salon. It seemed like the sort of no-frills hair cut box that you find on every other block in Brooklyn. There’s always a TV with sports on and… Continue reading Man Utd Brbr

Bushwick soccer shop Golazo Sport adapts to the gentrification squeeze

The stretch of Morgan Ave. between Williamsburg and Bushwick presents a drab, chain-link industrial landscape marked by old train tracks and multiple plastic bag manufacturers. Cool street art dresses up some of the corrugated metal walls, but careful the murals don’t distract you from the 18-wheelers careening away from the nearby depots or turning into the Boar’s Head Factory lot. It can… Continue reading Bushwick soccer shop Golazo Sport adapts to the gentrification squeeze

The multicultural soccer vehicle experience

The major function of DearGyan.com is to showcase cultural identity as expressed through soccer in New York City and beyond. I like to consider how we use soccer to help define ourselves and to find community, especially in a place like New York City where it’s easy to feel anonymous or lost. I always get excited when I find a quirky… Continue reading The multicultural soccer vehicle experience