Buckeye football in the Big Apple

Of course, Ohio football isn’t just merely Browns or Bengals. To many, it is all about the Buckeyes. If you are an Ohio State alum or merely a fan of the team, you can find the Scarlet and Gray this season at Iron Bar and Lounge, the official location for The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Greater New York. The bar will be providing several television screens, including one which is purportedly the biggest in Midtown, as well as drink and food specials. Reservations can be made in advance to guarantee a spot. The Buckeyes won their first game last week versus Navy and will square off against Virginia Tech tonight at 8pm.

March mixer this week!

As we do on the last Thursday of every month, we will be holding our OhioNYC mixer at The Owl Farm this Thursday, March 28. Like always, attendees will enjoy $1 off drinks all night, including Owl Farm’s extensive craft beer list. (I’m looking forward to trying Laughing Dog’s Crotch Sniffing Bastard ESB.) We will be raffling off some of our t-shirts, a couple 7-inch singles, and a gift card for ordering Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream online. Best of all, Doug Gillard, who you may know for his guitar playing in such legendary Ohio bands as Guided By Voices, Cobra Verde, and Death of Samantha, as well as being an auxiliary member of Nada Surf, will be manning the turntables. You will also be able to hang out by the bar and watch Ohio State take on Arizona in the NCAA tournament’s third round. Be sure to RSVP on the event’s Facebook page and sign up for our email newsletter to stay informed of future events.

Ann Hamilton at Park Avenue Armory today

Earlier this week, Ohio visual artist Ann Hamilton’s “the event of a thread” exhibit opened at the Park Avenue Armory. Hamilton is in town today to speak on the installation, which will be up until January 6. While it will cost $10 for admission to the artist talk at 2pm, today it is free to view the exhibition, which normally costs $12.

Hamilton was born in Lima, Ohio and currently lives in Columbus where she is a Distinguished University Professor of Art at Ohio State. She made her reputation in the ’90s with large-scale, multimedia installations, but “the event of a thread” is Hamilton’s first new work to be shown in New York in more than a decade. The installation features 42 swings large enough to seat two adults.  “Ann Hamilton combines the ephemeral presence of time with the material tactility,” the Armory says on their website. “A multisensory affair, the work draws together readings, sound, and live events within a field of swings that together invite visitors to connect to the action of each other and the work itself, illuminating the experience of the singular and collective body.”

Join Big Ten alumni to help Staten Island this weekend

The Ohio State Alumni Club of Greater New York has teamed up with other Big Ten alumni groups to organize a team of volunteers to head to Staten Island this Sunday (November 11) to help with the efforts taking place in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Volunteers will be meeting at the dock for the Staten Island Ferry at 9am, where they will be divided up into teams (most likely by school) before taking the 9:30 ferry. Once at Staten Island, they will spend the day cleaning debris. As such, volunteers are advised to bring work gloves, contractor bags, surgical masks, flashlights, hammers, and crowbars, in addition to showing their Big Ten school pride. To receive additional information, register for the clean-up effort here.

This is probably a good time to remind you that OhioNYC is also trying to help with the hurricane effort. As I live just on the other side of the border that divides  Evacuation Zone B from Zone A, I wasn’t personally affected by the storm other than to lose cable and internet for a night, but my neighbors in Red Hook certainly have been. As such, I am donating $5 of each t-shirt sale this week to the Red Hook Initiative. Here’s all the info on purchasing a t-shirt.

Where to Watch Buckeye Football 2.0

While I’ve told you previously about where to watch the Ohio State Buckeyes each Saturday, I’ve been remiss in checking to see if that information still holds true for this season. As it turns out, the Ohio State Alumni Club of Greater New York has moved its weekly gatherings from Tonic to Stout. Subsequently, the reservation process has changed as well. To make a reservation to join your fellow Buckeyes by phone, call 212-629-6191 and let Stout know that your reservation is for the OSU game watch. Or you can email info@stoutnyc.com by including the following:

  • Subject of email: Game Watch Reservation _____ (fill in game date)
  • Party name (first and last name required)
  • Phone number
  • Number of people in party
  • Time of reservation (if different than the time of kick-off)

Reservations cannot be made by e-mail after 7pm on the day before the game (i.e. today), but you can call up to 15 minutes before kick off. Tables will only be kept until 5 minutes before kick-off, so also call if you are running late.

If all this is too complicated for you, though, Blondies Sports Bar on the upper west side and Manny’s on Second on the east side are still good places to go. Tomorrow in Columbus, OSU will play the University of California Golden Bears for the first time in 40 years. Kick-off is at noon, and the game will be broadcast on ABC.

Buckeye football in NYC

If you are from Columbus and like me, the thing you probably miss least about our hometown is football Saturdays. Living in the vicinity of the campus area, one had to be sure to plan accordingly so as to not get caught in traffic or, more importantly, a drunken mob. I also made a point of never wearing red on those days, lest I be associated with couch burning and public urination.

With such concerns 500 miles away, it is no doubt much easier to enjoy the thrill of the game, though admittedly aside from last week’s win, the Buckeyes haven’t been too thrilling. Nevertheless, if you long for the camaraderie of other Ohio State fans, you are not alone. The Ohio State Alumni Club of Greater New York has made Tonic Times Square its home base for watching the games each Saturday. While its free to attend, one must make a reservation in advance. Members of the Club are able to reserve up to eight seats beginning on the Sunday before the game, while non-members must wait till Tuesday. For details on making a reservation, click on the game you want to watch on the Alumni Club’s events calendar.

If that much planning ahead is too much for you, Blondies Sports Bar on the upper west side and Manny’s on Second on the east side are also known as preferred spots for Buckeye fans.