You know what the blogosphere needs more of? Posts about New York! I’m really not sure why so few bloggers write about NYC because it seems like a super bloggable, instragramabble place that lots of people would want to read about. Bloggers, you should get on that; you’re really missing a trick!
I’d never been as obsessed with NYC as about 99% of the population seems to be but when I visited for the first time last year I absolutely fell in love. I fell super hard. I’d never felt this way about a city before and I’ve never felt this way since (although Dubrovnik came a very close second). New York City obviously has so much stuff to do that, in my three trips there last summer, I didn’t even scratch the surface, which is why I’ve decided to come up with the ultimate NYC bucketlist. Hopefully, in the not too distant future, I’ll get to cross a few off of the list, and hopefully this list can give some of you some inspiration. Enjoy!
Ones with * are things I’ve already done.
*Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
*Explore hipster central aka Brooklyn
Go on the Brooklyn Carousel
*Watch the sunset from the top of the Rockefeller Center
See a show on Broadway (preferably Chicago).
*Visit Times Square at night
*Eat at the Hard Rock Cafe
Be in Times Square when the ball drops on NYE (preferably in a restaurant or something not outside in the freezing cold and huge crowd).
*Pay your respects at the 9/11 memorial
See the city from the top of the Empire State Building.
*Take a boat trip around the Statue of Liberty
Go to Ellis Island and climb the Statue of Liberty.
*Ride the Staten Island Ferry
*See the sights in Central park- Alice in Wonderland Statue, boating lake, Gossip Girl steps, strawberry fields.
Visit in winter and go ice skating in Central park
Visit in winter and go ice skating at the rink at the Rockefeller Center
*Go shopping on 5th Avenue
*Walk the Highline
Go to the One World Observatory
Spend a day at the seaside at Coney Island
*Successfully navigate the subway
Ride in a yellow cab
Eat brunch at Russ & Daughter’s
*Visit all 5 boroughs in the same trip
*Try and spot Jimmy Fallon outside of the Radio City Music Hall
*Take in the sights, smells and sounds of Chinatown
*Eat Gelato in Little Italy
Eat at Jack’s Wife Freda
Have a crazy milkshake at Black Tap
Visit the American Museum of Natural History
*Stand and gawk at the wonder that is Grand Central Terminal (inside and out)
*Have a slice of proper New York pizza
Go to a concert at Madison Square Garden or take a tour of it
Have a peaceful stroll around Washington Square park
*Watch the world go by from Bryant park
Catch an outdoor movie during the summer
*See the charging bull in Wall Street
*Stroll along the waterfront at Battery Park
Take in the sights from the Roosevelt Island Cable Car
See the F.R.I.E.N.D.S building in Greenwich Village
Watch a Yankees game
*Spend far too much money on street food- huge pretzels, giros, hot dogs, churros, ice-cream- you name it, NYC has a stand for it.
Drink cocktails on a rooftop bar
Go to a comedy club- those annoying touts that seem to be everywhere might be on to something!
Grab the best seats in the house for Shakespeare in the park (tickets are free)
Wander through Manhattan’s Meatpacking district
Eat a rainbow bagel from The Bagel Store in Williamsburg
*Go crazy in the M&M store
*Walk down the cobblestone streets of SoHo
*Yell at someone/get yelled at for walking too slowly on the sidewalk!
So there you have it, my ultimate NYC bucketlist! Let me know if this has helped you to plan a trip to NYC in anyway.
What’s on your NYC bucketlist?