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This Monday It’s a Cold Cold World (Cup)

Footie! And other links to start your day.

5:02 AM EST on November 21, 2022

Soccer in Flushing Meadows Park. (Hell Gate)

The cold spell that descended upon New York City over the weekend is sticking around for the next few days, but the real heat is being generated by some serious World Cup action around the boroughs. 

Yesterday in Queens, we took in the Ecuador vs. Qatar game on 37th Avenue. 

Qatar was easily handled by Ecuador, giving fans enough time to reflect on the horrible conditions that the World Cup is taking place in. Between the deaths of thousands of migrant workers, the crackdown on LGBTQ rights, the bribery that allegedly took place to award Qatar the rights to the game, and the general sketchiness with which Qataris have treated fans. Not to mention that instead of parading through the streets after your team wins, fans, like those of Ecuador yesterday, were mostly still huddled inside cafes and restaurants to steel themselves from the cold. It's going to be a weird and in many ways, bad World Cup.

While the soccer might be rough, and the conditions rougher—there’s still nothing like watching fans from immigrant communities from all over the world show out for their team. Today, Hell Gate recommends watching Senegal vs. Netherlands up in Harlem, where fans spilled out onto city streets earlier this year, when Senegal won the African Championship. 

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