Celebrating more than 100 years of basketball history, the halls and exhibits of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honor the players, coaches, referees, and others who helped the game grow to an internationally beloved sport. There are shrines dedicated to more than 300 Hall of Famers, and the 40,000-square-foot basketball megaplex also houses more than 70 interactive exhibits with audio and video components, limited-run tributes to standout teams and players, and special events. The Hall of Fame provides an outlet for freshly inspired visitors to emulate the giants of the sport: a full-size center court, where they can practice alley-oops and half-court slam dunks or attend clinics taught by players and coaches. On the way back to the car, many guests pause for a photograph next to the towering silver sphere that punctuates the buildings' exterior.
Named for James A. Naismith, the inventor of the sport, the Hall of Fame stands just "a midrange jump shot" from the site of the original game. Played on December 21, 1891, the first contest tallied a final score of one basket to zero, prompting Dr. Naismith to remove the bee's nests from the backboards.
Since 1927, Zonin’s Gourmet Market has crafted hearty Italian sausage from a family recipe and surrounded it with a robust menu of bold-flavored paninis, wraps, and salads. The Zonin's special transforms the signature sausage's taste-bud aria into a flavor opera with peppers, onions, sauce or cheese, and an epic death scene ($6). Otherwise, fulfill equally red-meaty desires with the roast-beef wrap's zesty blend of asiago cheese and horseradish ($7.50), or the Aquino panini, a cold press of mortadella and salami highlighted by roasted red peppers ($7.50). For a slightly lighter repast, treat pocket-sized pet rabbits to the Mauro’s special salad, which showcases candied walnuts, pears, and gorgonzola on mixed greens ($7.95). Zonin’s Gourmet Market also hooks up patrons with an assortment of prepared dishes, such as lasagna, fresh calamari salad, and stuffed shells.
What goes well with tableside-mashed guacamole, tilapia baja fish tacos, and fried poblano peppers stuffed with chipotle chicken? Tequila. The northeast's largest selection of tequila, according to staff. Mama Iguana pairs a menu of Spanish-written dishes with more than 200 tequilas, which they use to kick-start their popular house and specialty margaritas. Patrons can sip drinks and bite into tacos while seated in the restaurant's colorful indoor dining area, out on the 100-seat outdoor patio, or standing in the doorway armed with poblano peppers in each hand.
Each of Brake King's five locations staff ASE-certified techs who coddle engines with clean oil and bring frazzled wheels and frames into perfect alignment. During each 20- to 30-minute oil change, engines exchange swampy old muck for up to 5 quarts of clean synthetic crude, along with a new filter, guaranteed to keep out clogs caused by incoming dirt, debris, and corn dogs. Technicians then rotate the tires to equalize tread wear and tear, before poking and prodding their way through a precise safety inspection.