No need to do a double take. I’m not leaving NYC. I’m never leaving NYC–you should know that by now! But my best friend is. She’s also a born and bred New Yorker, but she’s moving to London at the end of the summer. For good. She swears she won’t adopt a British accent, but I’m not so sure about that. 😉
During our past few hobby nights*, we’ve been talking about her NYC bucket list–and crossing off a few items. Yesterday we had drinks and a fabulous dinner at Gramercy Tavern. The Tuesday before, we got cocktails at PDT. Not surprisingly, most of her bucket list items revolve around food. As a kid growing up in NYC, as she put it, she did most of the touristy stuff and saw more Broadway shows than she can remember. So her list consists of restaurants she still wants to try, as well as other random activities. Among them: an afternoon at Smorgasburg; dinners at Peter Luger, Minetta Tavern, the 21 Club; a ride on the Roosevelt Island tram–and as many brunches and final trips to favorite bars and restaurants as she can squeeze in.
Talking to her about her bucket list made me wonder what I’d put on mine, if I were also leaving NYC. Like her, I’ve done tons of classic NYC stuff over the course of my life: went to the top of the Empire State Building; saw the Macy’s July 4 fireworks live (they were in Battery Park City, at the time); circumnavigated Manhattan on the Circle Line; walked over the Brooklyn Bridge; had my bones rattled on the Cyclone; saw the Mets at Shea Stadium and Citi Field; watched the Knicks at MSG; walked the High Line; rode the Staten Island Ferry; took in City Ballet at Lincoln Center (not to mention attended other dance shows at BAM, the Joyce and smaller venues); attended outdoor concerts and movies; visited all the big museums, parks, beaches, botanical gardens, zoos and the aquarium.
And, of course, I’ve eaten at more restaurants than I could list in one post.
When I think about the typical NYC things I still haven’t done, I’m not exactly dying to experience them. I’ve never gone to the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island. I used to run by lines of tourists waiting to board boats to take them there–and that didn’t motivate me to join them!
But I was able to scrounge up a few items to create a small NYC bucket list:
- Be a Thriller zombie in the Halloween parade
- Visit the cheese caves at Murray’s
- Get massages and chillax at Spa Castle
- Spend a night at the Boatel
- Attempt to tick off as many restaurants as I can from my ongoing list of places to try
- Go on a nostalgic tour of the neighborhoods where I grew up (Bayside and Flushing, Queens) and eat at some of back-in-the-day haunts that are still around (VI Pizza and Cara Mia come to mind right away…and while I’m in the area, I’d definitely have to eat at Avli, an amazing Greek place that opened up a few years ago, just blocks from where I used to live.)
But since I have no plans to leave NYC, I might as well get on this, no?
What would be on your NYC bucket list? Or your list of must-dos if you just had a limited time in NYC?
(Photo via Streets of London)
*Hobby night = Tuesday happy hour