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The Ultimate NYC Bucketlist



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

Visit MoMa

*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.

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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

battery city

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? 


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