Thursday, February 4, 2016

NYC Bucket List

The military life is one that is always on the move, and since we won't be in the New York City area indefinitely, I put together another bucket list (with a few repeats from my summer and fall lists) to tackle this coming spring and summer. Of course, you could live in NYC for years and not experience all the city has to offer, but I'm determined to see and do as much as I can so that when we do leave, I'll know the time we did have was well spent and full of adventure.

Without further ado, here is my ambitious bucket list, in no particular order:

  • Go ice skating while it is still wintry out! Nice rinks in Bryant Park or Prospect Park
  • See a Broadway show (recommendations welcome!)
  • Wine tasting in the North Fork of Long Island (or Brooklyn)
  • Explore Brooklyn Bridge Park and take a spin on Jane’s Carousel
  • Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset
  • Finally eat a Shake Shack burger (I’ve been to the original Shack in Madison Square Park, but I didn’t eat a burger!)
  • Picnic in Central Park and say hello to the animals at Central Park Zoo
  • Shop the Brooklyn Flea Market, and explore the surrounding Williamsburg neighborhood
  • Check out the Statue of Liberty, up close or during a harbor cruise (or even from the Staten Island Ferry!)
  • Tour the National September 11 Museum (we've been to the memorial but didn't go inside the museum)
  • Walk through the breathtaking St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Play date at Coney Island
  • Stroll through a city garden: Brooklyn Botanic Garden or New York Botanical Garden
  • Take in the view from the Top of the Rock
  • Chow down on some great New York-style pizza (I heard Lombardi’s on Spring Street or John’s of Bleecker Street are excellent)
  • Shop and dine at Eataly
  • Explore the shops and restaurants along the charming cobblestone-streets in the West Village 
  • Visit more museums! Especially the MoMA, again, to see the Jackson Pollock exhibition, and the Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Spend a sunny day exploring Prospect Park
  • Journey to Roosevelt Island and/or Governor’s Island
  • Attend a performance of The New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center
  • Eat an authentic Italian meal in Little Italy
  • Check out the New York Public Library
  • People watch in Washington Square Park and take tons of photos of the stately marble arch (OTTO, a Mario Batali pizzeria is nearby for lunch)
  • Head to the Jersey Shore for a beach day? Better yet, head to the Hamptons!
  • For G: Go to a Yankees game and attend a basketball game at Madison Square Garden

So much to do, so little time! Would you add anything to this list? Recommendations and tips happily accepted. While I may not hit every item on this list, it's exciting to dream about and look forward to the possibility of all these fun adventures. 

New York art prints (1, 2

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