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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 Mets Game (7/2017)
  18. NY Knicks Game
  19. Visit the 9/11 Memorial
  20. Whitney Museum (8/5)
  21. Botanical Gardens
  22. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge (9/18)*
  23. Take the Staten Island ferry
  24. Go see a Late Show or SNL (4/2/16)
  25. See the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular (12/2015)
  26. Spend an afternoon at the Standard Biergarten
  27. Eat at the original Shake Shack (7/22)
  28. Eat at Katz’s deli
  29. Have a legit NYC bagel and try a weird spread
  30. Eat Artichoke Basille pizza
  31. PDT
  32. MoMa
  33. The High Line
  34. Go to the US Open
  35. Eat one of the special burgers at Raoul’s
  36. Momofuku
  37. Go apple picking
  38. New York Fashion Week
  39. Splurge at Bergdorf Goodman
  40. Go to a concert at the Bowery Ballroom
  41. Go to a concert at Terminal 5
  42. Spend a weekend in the Hamptons
  43. Eat in every major neighborhood (SoHo, East Village, West Village, Nolita, Greenwich Village, Tribeca, Financial District, Flatiron, Midtown, Hell’s Kitchen, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Chinatown, Little Italy, Seaport, Lower East Side)
  44. Go to the Comedy Cellar (11/22)*
  45. Take a train out of Grand Central
  46. Try a new hot dog every week of the summer
  47. Tour the Brooklyn Brewery
  48. Go to the Rockaways
  49. Find a celebrity doing improv
  50. Eat at Carnegie Deli
  51. Ride in the Central Park boats
  52. Cruise the harbor at sunset
  53. Natural History Museum (6/30/16)
  54. Nutcracker Ballet
  55. Stone Barns at Blue Hill
  56. See a performance at Carnegie Hall
  57. Go to Coney Island

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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