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July 8, 2015
New York City Bucket List

new york city bucket list

One lesson that’s really been hammered home over the past few years is that nothing is permanent. When I had imagined where I’d be at this point in my life, trust me it was much different than where I am today – and I find that incredibly exciting. I’ve been here for coming up on a year now, and that scares the hell out of me to be honest. How did an entire year already go by?

I gave myself all of the excuses in the world for hibernating this winter, but I really haven’t done as much as I’d like to here given how long it has already been. As with all things, you never know when in the blink of an eye things might change and I don’t want to look back and regret the time I spent here and not taking advantage of what the city has to offer. It’s easy to get into your routine and forget that there are a zillion other opportunities to explore.

I have a few friends who are leaving the city already, have left since I got here, or may be soon and so it was a healthy reminder to get myself going on an NYC Bucket List. I’d love your help and will keep adding and updating the things I’ve done. Feel free to use it as a reference if you’re ever in the city to visit!


  1. Run through/lay out in Central Park
  2. Visit the MET (3/4)
  3. See a broadway show
  4. Go to the Top of the Rock
  5. Drinks at the top of the Standard Hotel
  6. Coney Island
  7. Cruise around Manhattan
  8. Walk the entirety of Manhattan West/East Rivers from at least 40th street *I’ve come really close
  9. Ice Skate at Rockefeller Center
  10. Drinks at the Palace Hotel
  11. Go read for an afternoon in the NY Public Library
  12. Movies in the park
  13. Smorgasburg in Brooklyn (4/2015)
  14. NY Rangers Game (11/12)
  15. NY Yankees Game (8/4)
  16. NY Giants Game (11/14)*
  17. NY Knicks Game
  18. Visit the 9/11 Memorial
  19. Whitney Museum (8/5)
  20. Botanical Gardens
  21. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge (9/18)*
  22. Take the Staten Island ferry
  23. Go see a Late Show or SNL (4/2/16)
  24. See the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular (12/2015)
  25. Spend an afternoon at the Standard Biergarten
  26. Eat at the original Shake Shack (7/22)
  27. Eat at Katz’s deli
  28. Have a legit NYC bagel and try a weird spread
  29. Eat Artichoke Basille pizza
  30. PDT
  31. MoMa
  32. The High Line
  33. Chelsea Flower Market
  34. Eat one of the special burgers at Raoul’s
  35. Momofuku
  36. Go apple picking
  37. New York Fashion Week
  38. Splurge at Bergdorf Goodman
  39. Go to a concert at the Bowery Ballroom
  40. Go to a concert at Terminal 5
  41. Spend a weekend in the Hamptons
  42. Eat in every major neighborhood (SoHo, East Village, West Village, Nolita, Greenwich Village, Tribeca, Financial District, FlatironMidtown, Hell’s Kitchen, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Chinatown, Little Italy, Seaport, Lower East Side)
  43. Go to the Comedy Cellar (11/22)*
  44. Take a train out of Grand Central
  45. Try a new hot dog every week of the summer
  46. Tour the Brooklyn Brewery
  47. Go to the Rockaways
  48. Find a celebrity doing improv
  49. Eat at Carnegie Deli
  50. Central Park boats
  51. Cruise the harbor at sunset
  52. Natural History Museum (6/30/16)
  53. Nutcracker Ballet
  54. Stone Barns at Blue Hill
  55. See a performance at Carnegie Hall

Go to Coney Island!!
Also comedy cellar is my new most favorite thing in NYC.
New Paltz has my favorite apple picking.

You have to come uptown! Check out Ginny’s Supper Club in the basement of Red Rooster in Harlem, and the Cloisters in the Heights

Thanks for the recs! If I’m up there I’ll definitely check those out :)

Our bucket lists are very similar.



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