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New York Yankees players observe a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the Boston Marathon explosions before a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. In big ways and small, New York is putting aside its heated and historical rivalry with Boston in a show of support after the Boston Marathon explosions. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
In NYC, strains of solidarity with rival Boston
MLB » Rival teams have buried hatchet, for now.
First Published Apr 17 2013 09:58 am • Last Updated Apr 19 2013 04:57 pm

New York • A stadium full of Yankees fans stood arm in arm at the bottom of the third inning in the Bronx, singing along to "Sweet Caroline," the Boston Red Sox anthem. Irony and sarcasm were absent. Sincerity was the mood of the night.

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The rival teams have buried the hatchet — at least for now. Yankee fans belted the Neil Diamond hit during a game Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, showing solidarity with their neighbor to the north a day after explosions at the Boston Marathon killed three people and injured more than 170.

"Everybody in New York knows what they’re going through," said Mike Petti, a 48-year-old nicknamed Yankee Mike who for 13 seasons has been a staple of the bleacher section where the most hardcore fans — those who hate Red Sox Nation the most — dwell. "When it happened here, Boston was singing ‘New York, New York.’"

The teams’ rivalry, which has reared its ugly head in bench-clearing brawls and fan assaults over the years, is just one difference between the cities, both among the oldest in the country and each with a rich history.

But look around New York this week, and you’ll see nothing but love for Boston.


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In what city officials said was a first, the bright-blue Boston city flag flew at half-staff at New York City Hall, on the orders of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who grew up in the Boston suburb of Medford.

"We stand shoulder to shoulder with our friends in Boston, as all Americans do," said Bloomberg, who in 2006 founded the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. Bloomberg said he phoned his counterpart Monday to offer him any help New York could provide.

An Occupy Wall Street group, the Illuminator, on Monday night projected the two teams’ logos in large lights on the walls of the Brooklyn Academy of Music. A heart was inserted between the logos, to read "NY(heart)B." The image has gone viral.

New York Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan said a special prayer for Boston on Tuesday during his Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

"You’ve got our love, you’ve got our hope and you’ve got our solidarity," he said later. "You’re going to get through it."

Joe Daniels, CEO of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, sent out an email offering comfort to Bostonians.

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