I live by lists. Grocery lists, my next shopping trip at Target lists, homework lists, to-do lists, packing lists, etc. In my last post, I said that one of the reasons I wanted to take two classes this semester was to take time to relax and do things in the city. I also said one of the reasons I wanted to come to school here was to take advantage of the opportunities that the city presented and that I felt like I had not really done that much. New York City has so much to offer that I find it overwhelming most of the time. That being said, there is a lot that I would like to see and do while I am here. So, I made a list of 50 things that I want to do in the city while I am living here. I linked each to the place or event’s website and included the location, hours, and costs for them as well. Hours and cost are subject to change (so is location but that far less likely). Here is my New York City Bucket List:
1. Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met is arguably one of the most famous art museums in the world and I can not pass up the opportunity to visit while I live here. Plus, one of the guest speaker’s for my museums class is a museum educator there.
Location: 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street), Upper East Side, Manhattan
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 10:00 am-5:30 pm, Friday and Saturday 10:00 am-9:00 pm, Closed: Thanksgiving, December 25, January 1, and first Monday in May
Cost: Suggested donation of Adult $25, Student (with ID) $12, includes admission to Cloisters
2. Walk the High Line
On what was once an elevated rail line, the High Line is a park that from the Meat Packing District through Chelsea along the the west side of Manhattan and offers some great views of the Hudson River and the city.
Location: Gansevoort Street to W 34th Street, Meatpacking District/Chelsea, Manhattan
Hours: December 1 to March 31 7:00 am-7:00 pm, April 1 to May 31 7:00 am-10:00 pm, June 1 to September 30 7:00 am-11:00 pm, October 1 to Nov 30 7:00 am to 10:00 pm
3. Visit the Guggenheim Museum
The Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Lloyd Wright houses a number of the modern art pieces discussed in my art worlds class last semester.
Location: 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street), Upper East Side, Manhattan
Hours: Sunday-Wednesday and Friday 10:00 am-5:45 pm, Saturday 10:00 am-7:45pm
Cost: Adults $25, Students $18, Saturdays Pay What You Wish 5:45 pm-7:45 pm
4. Visit the Museum of the City of New York
What better way to learn more about the city I am living in than to visit a museum entirely devoted to it. Plus, it does not hurt that I can get in for free with my NYU ID
Location: 1220 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan
Hours: Open Daily 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Cost: Adults $14, Students (with ID) $10, Free (with my NYU ID)
5. Visit the Grand Central Terminal
Though I occasionally use Grand Central as a transfer station when using the subway, I have yet to actually get out and explore the historic terminal.
Location: 89 E 42nd Street, Midtown, Manhattan
Hours: Terminal 5:30 am to 2:00 am, Shop, restaurants, and market have shorter hours
Cost: Free, unless of course you go shopping or get food
6. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
Spanning the East River connecting Lower Manhattan to Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Bridge was the first steel-wire suspension bridge constructed. The bridge includes a promenade to walk or bike along and once in Brooklyn you can take in the Manhattan skyline.
Location: City Hall Park, Civic Center, Manhattan to the intersection of Tillary Street and Adams Street, Brooklyn
7. Visit the 9/11 Museum
While I have visit the 9/11 Memorial, I have yet to visit the museum. Though I know that the museum may be an emotional experience, I know that a lot a work went into the design of the museum because another guest speaker for my museum class is the director of exhibitions there.
Location: 180 Greenwich Street, Financial District, Manhattan
Hours: Memorial: 7:30 am-9 pm; Museum: Sunday-Thursday 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Cost: Adults $24, Students $18, Free on Tuesdays 5:00 pm to close with tickets on a first come first serve basis starting at 4:00 pm
8. Spend a day at Coney Island
How could I not spend a day at this historic amusement park by the Atlantic Ocean?
9. Go on a day trip to the Hudson Valley
Sometimes I love to get out the city, mostly because I miss trees and grass and space. One way I could do that is take time to explore the historic Hudson River Valley.
10. Visit the New York Public Library
The second largest library in the United States and fourth largest in the world is just a short walk walk from where I live. The building itself is also a National Historic Landmark.
Location: Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, Midtown, Manhattan
Hours: Sunday 1:00 pm-5:00 pm, Monday, Thursday-Saturday 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00 am-8:00 pm
11. Visit the Tenement Museum
Also a National Historic Landmark, the Tenement Museum housed around 7,000 immigrants between 1863 and 1935. Today, the museum shares the immigrant experience.
Location: 103 Orchard Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan
Hours: Friday-Wednesday 10:00 am-6:30 pm, Thursday 10:00 am-8:30 pm
Cost: Adults $25, Students $20
12. Visit the Morgan Library and Museum
The Morgan Library and Museum houses a number of manuscripts, rare books, art, and more. The collection began as J.P. Morgan’s personal collection and has expanded since then. It is also another National Historic Landmark (it’s like I am interested in history or something).
Location: 225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street, Midtown, Manhattan
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 10:30 am-5 pm, Friday 10:30 am-9:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am-6:00 pm, closes at 4:00 pm on Christmas Eve, Closes at 5:00 pm New Year’s Eve and Fourth of July, Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day
Cost: Adults $18, Students (with ID) $12
13. Visit the American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum is another world renown museum that I cannot pass up while I live in the city.
Location: Central Park West at 79th Street, Upper West Side, Manhattan
Hours: 10:00 am-5:45 pm, closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
Cost: Suggested donation Adults $22, Students (with ID) $17
14. Attend a performance of Shakespeare in the Park
Each summer the Public Theater hosts Shakespeare in the Park offering shows for free at the Delcorte Theatre in Central Park.
Location: Delacorte Theatre, 81 Central Park West, Manhattan
15. Attend part of the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament
The U.S. Open is part of the Gland Slam, making it one of the biggest events in tennis of the year. Since tickets to the actual event are probably beyond expensive, I would love to watch some of the qualifying rounds.
Location: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens
Cost: Qualifying rounds are free, I do not really want to think about the cost of actual seats
16. Go to the Bronx Zoo
The Bronx Zoo is the largest zoo in North America and there is no way that I can pass up the opportunity to visit its over 6,000 animals from 650 species.
Location: 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx
Hours: Winter hours 10:00 am-4:30 pm, Summer 10:00 am-5:00 pm or 5:30 pm on weekends and holidays, Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Martin Luther King Day
Cost: Adult $21.55 (Total Experience), $19.95 (General Admission), Free General Admission on Wednesdays
17. Be in the live audience for Jimmy Fallon
I am quite the fan of Jimmy Fallon so attempting to get my hands on a free ticket would be worth the effort.
Location: 30 Rockefeller Center, Midtown, Manhattan
18. Visit the Brooklyn Museum
The Brooklyn Museum is an art museum that is the second largest museum in physical size in the city.
Location: 200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
Hours: Wednesday and Friday-Sunday 11:00 am-6:00pm, Thursday 11:00 am-10:00 pm, First Saturday of the month (except September) 11:00 am-11:00 pm
Cost: Adults $16, Students $10 or with Brooklyn Botanical Center Adults $23, Students $14
19. Explore the Socrates Sculpture Park
This Socrates Sculpture Park is an outdoor museum.
Location: 30-01 Vernon Boulevard, Astoria, Queens
Hours: 10:00 am-sunset
20. Visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (during cherry blossom season)
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden located near the Brookyn Museum and has a number of specialty gardens.
Location: 150 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
Hours: November-February: Tuesday-Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am-4:30 pm, Closed Mondays excpet Veteran’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, and President’s Day 10:00 am-4:30 pm, March-October Tuesday-Friday 8:00 am-6:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Closed Mondays except Memorial Day and Columbus Day 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Cost: Adults $10, Students (with ID) $5, Free Winter weekdays, Free Tuesdays, Free 10 am-12 pm Saturdays
21. Explore each of the Boroughs
New York City is massive and my living experience here should include visiting each of the areas of the city.
22. Explore Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
This park is home to the Unispere, a twelve story globe sculpture, and other structures from the New York World’s Fair that still remain.
Location: Grand Central Parkway, Queens
23. Visits the Cloisters
The Cloisters is an extension of the Met and houses a of medieval Europe artworks.
Location: 99 Margaret Corbin Dr., Fort Tryon Park, Washington Heights, Manhattan
Hours: March-October 10:00 am-5:15 pm, November-February 10 am-4:45 pm, Closed: Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1
Cost: Free with admission to the Met
24. Attend a Concert in the Park by the NY Philharmonic
The NY Philharmonic hosts a handful of free concerts a few of the city parks.
Location: Central Park in Manhattan, Prospect Park in Brooklyn, Cunningham Park in Queens, and Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx
25. Ride the Staten Island Ferry
While I am sure there are other ways to get to the borough of Staten Island, the Staten Island Ferry is likely the most scenic. During the free ferry ride, one can enjoy the views of the harbor including the Statue of Liberty.
26. Visit the New York Botanical Garden
This massive garden would another I can get my nature fix.
Location: 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx
Hours: Winter hours Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Summer Hours 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Open on Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Easter Monday, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Colmbus Day, and some Mondays in December for the Holiday Train Show, Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
Cost: Adult $25 weekends and holidays $20 weekdays $13 grounds only, Student $22 weekends and holidays $18 weekdays $6 grounds only
27. Go to the Top of the Rock
It was quite the decision between the Top of the Rock and the Empire State Building but I decide I would like to be able to see the Empire State building as well as be a little closer to Central Park
Location: 30 Rockefeller Center, Midtown, Manhattan
Hours: 8 am- Midnight
Cost: Adults $29
28. Attend a jazz performance at the Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center is probably one of the most famous performance venues in the country. I would love to hear the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra perform there.
Location: 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, Upper West Side, Manhattan
29. Check out the Frick Collection
Henry Frick’s private collection that has become a small art museum that I can go to for free with my NYU ID.
Location: 1 East 70th Street, Upper East Side, Manhattan
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am-5:00 pm, Closed New Year’s Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, Limited hours (11:00 am-5:00 pm) on Lincoln’s Birthday, Election Day, and Veteran’s Day (November 11)
Cost: Adults $20, Students $10, Free with my NYU ID
30. Attend a show at the Metropolitan Opera
The Met Opera is part of Lincoln Center and I would love to have the experience of going to an opera.
Location: 30 Lincoln Center Plaza, Upper West Side, Manhattan
31. Attend a show at Radio City Music Hall
While the Christmas Spectacular is the most famous Radio City Music Hall features a number of different performances throughout the year.
Location: 1260 Sixth Avenue, Midtown, Manhattan
32. Eat a sandwich at Katz Delicatessen
I love the movie When Harry Met Sally. I watch it probably once a month, but that is partially due to the fact I do not have all that many movie here and I love rom-coms. The sandwich shop from the famous scene in the movie is Kaz Delicastessen.
Location: 205 East Houston Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 8:00 am-10:45 pm, Thursday 8:00 am-2:45 am, Friday 8:00 am-Open all night, Saturday open all day, Sunday Open until 10:45 pm
33. Check out Eataly, maybe get some gelato
Eataly is a fancy Italian food hall. I love pasta. One time I went to a music camp for a week and I was so proud of the fact that I had pasta everyday. I am quite proud of the fact that at Wartburg and living in apartments during the summer and presently that I am able to limit how much pasta I eat. I am guessing that this is quite pricing so it would mostly be to drool over the pasta and other food.
Location: 200 Fifth Avenue, Flatiron District, Manhattan
Hours: 10:00 am-11:00 pm, Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
34. Find a (masala) chai that I love
I have tried chai (lattes) from a few different places so far but nothing that I have really loved. A couple were pretty good and I would go back if I really needed a chai fix and a couple places I refuse to go to again, at least for chai. I like the spice but I like it to be sweet too.
35. Browse the Chelsea Market
Chelsea Market is under food and shopping hall. While items could be pricey, it would still be fun just to browse.
Location: 75 Ninth Avenue, Chelsea, Manhattan
Hours: Monday-Saturday 7:00 am-9:00 pm, Sunday 8:00 am-8:00 pm
36. Stroll through Central Park in fall when the leaves are changing
It was raining when I tried to go this past fall. I saw the park as the leaves were just beginning to change so I can imagine in the middle of the changing the park is just stunning.
37. Check out the Macy’s Flower Show
This could be a fun and different way to get the nature fix.
38. Watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Held on March 17th every year (unless it on a Sunday then it is the Saturday March 16), starting at 11:00 am the parade marches up Fifth Avenue from 44th Street past St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 50th Street to the Irish Historical Society at 79th Street. While I am not Irish at all, this could be really fun.
39. Try cheesecake from Eileen’s Special Cheesecake
Eileen’s is one of the contenders for best cheesecake in the city. I spent a little time looking at different lists of the “Best Cheesecake in NYC” and Eileen’s was consistently on the list which how I decide that would be the one to put on my list. Whose to say I cannot try cheesecake else where though? Oh, right, my wallet.
Location: 17 Cleveland Place, Nolita, Manhattan; Monday-Friday 9:00 am-9:00 pm, Saturday-Sunday 10:00 am-7:00 pm; Cheesecake tartlet $3.75
40. Picnic on Governor’s Island
Governor’s Island is a former military bases that hosts a number of cultural and social events when it is open during the warmer months.
41. Visit the Queens Museum
The Queens Museum is in an art museum in one of the buildings from the World’s Fair and houses a number a works including a well-known panorama of the city and a scale model of the boroughs.
Location: Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 12:00 pm-6:00 pm, Closed New Year’s Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas
Cost: Adults $8, Students $4
42. Browse Smorgasburg
Smorgasburg is large food/flea market that could be fun to broswe .
Location: East River State Park Kent Avenue and North 7th Street Williamsburg, Brooklyn or Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5 at 304 Furman Street, Brooklyn
Hours: Open seasonally 11:00 am-6:00 pm
43. Stay on the 6 Train to see the Old City Hall Station
Formal tours of the Old City Hall Station are quite expensive in my opinion. I will settle for staying on the 6 train after the last stop of Brooklyn Bridge as it turns around to ride past what as been noted as one of the most beautiful subway stations in the world.
Cost: Metro fare to get on the subway
44. Visit the Museum of Biblical Art
I loved serving as a docent for the Saint John’s Illuminated Bible last year. Because I enjoyed that so much, I figured I would enjoy checking out this museum devoted to Biblical art.
Location:1865 Broadway, Upper West Side, Manhattan
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Cost: Adults $12, Students $9
45. Visit Theodore Roosevelt’s Birthplace
Theodore Roosevelt is the only president born in New York City so I figured it would be neat to check out his birthplace.
Location: 28 E. 20th Street, Gramercy, Manhattan
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
46. Visit Scandinavia House
Though I should not be surprised, I have come across few German or Scandinavian people in the city, not that I have gone extensively searching for them, just from observation. When I learned that this place existed I decided I wanted to go check it out.
Location: 58 Park Avenue at 38th Street, Midtown, Manhattan
Hours: Building: Monday-Saturday 11:00 am-10:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am-5:00 pm, 3rd Floor Gallery Tuesday-Friday 12:00 pm-5:00 pm (Wednesday until 7:00 pm)
47. Ride Roosevelt Island Tram
I read that you get a nice view from the tram and it is the same price as the Metro. Then I can explore Roosevelt Island, which due to its size and nature, would not take all that long.
Location: Manhattan Station at 59th Street and Second Avenue, Midtown, Manhattan
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 6:00 am-2:00 am, Friday and Saturday 6:00 am-3:30 am
Cost: Same as Metro fare
48. Go iceskating in Central Park at Wollman Rink
I think I have been ice skating once, a long time ago. So despite the likelihood of me being rather terrible. Ice skating in the park with snow on the ground could be a fun way to spend an afternoon in the winter.
Location: 830 Fifth Avenue, Central Park, Manhattan
Hours: Monday-Tuesday 10:00 am-2:30 pm, Wednesday-Thursday 10:00 am-10:00 pm, Friday-Saturday 10:00 am-11:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am-9:00 pm
Cost: Monday-Thursday Adults $11.25, Friday-Sunday and Holidays $18, Skate rental $8.00
49. Browse Strand Rare and Collectible Book Room
I love Strand. Since it is a short walk from campus I have gone in a number of time to browse the stacks. I even bought I couple of my books there. However, I have yet to go upstairs to check out their rare and collectible book room.
Location: 828 Broadway at 12th Street, East Village, Manhattan
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:30 am-10:30 pm, Sunday 11:00 am-10:30 pm, Rare Book Room Open until 6:15 pm
50. Get a pizza from Lombardi’s Pizza (the first pizzeria) OR Totonno’s (noted as one of the best) or both
Lombardi’s claims to be the first pizzeria in the city and still makes their pizza in a coal fire oven. While it is not on as many of the “Best Pizza in New York City” lists, I have heard it is still delicious and a slice of history. Totonno’s was started by a former employee of Lombardi’s and its history is almost as long as Lombardi’s. Totonno’s is one that made quite a few of the “Best Pizza in New York City” lists.
Location: 32 Spring Street, Nolita, Manhattan
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11:30 am-11:45 pm, Friday and Saturday 11:00 am-12:00 am
Location: 1524 Neptune Avenue, Coney Island, Brooklyn
Hours : Wednesday-Sunday 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Hopefully you enjoyed reading my New York City Bucket List. I also hope there is at least one thing on that list that you would like to see or do if you visited the city or is something that you had not heard of before. What would you want to see or do if you lived in or were visiting New York City? What do you want to see or do where you currently live?