Five Borough Bucket List

Five Borough Bucket List | The List

You have one day to spend in New York City. What do you have to do?

For the first 23 years of my life, I lived in New York. I did absolutely no sightseeing or exploring in my spare time. Most of my weekends were spent saying, “I don’t know…I wish there was something to do around here.” The first part of my life was spent missing out on so many unique experiences that only New York can offer, and I refuse to miss out on one more moment.

As part of my mission to see and do it all, I created this bucket list. It has touristy things, as well as things and places I had never heard of until I moved back. I hope this list inspires you to get out and explore where you live. There’s nothing wrong with acting like a tourist – you never know what places, foods, and people you might find! Read my most recent posts, check out some shots on Instagram, and take your own journey with the hashtag #FiveBoroughBucketList!

  1. Go to an Islanders game
  2. Ride the Coney Island Cyclone
  3. See a taping of SNL
  4. Ride the Staten Island Ferry
  5. Visit the Unisphere
  6. See the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
  7. Ride the Roosevelt Island Tramway
  8. Eat at Eddie’s Sweet Shop
  9. See a movie with Rooftop Films
  10. Sing in karaoke at Arlene’s Grocery
  11. Eat at The Halal Guys
  12. Win the Hamilton lottery
  13. See a movie with Bryant Park Movies
  14. Eat crack pie from milk bar
  15. Explore Central Park (Part 1)
  16. Eat dim sum in Chinatown
  17. Have a cookie from Levain Bakery
  18. Catch a Yankees Game
  19. Drink at Brooklyn Brewery
  20. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
  21. Run the NYC Marathon
  22. Catch a Mets Game
  23. Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  24. Macy’s Flower Show: 2017 Show/2018 Show
  25. See the Dyker Heights Christmas lights
  26. See all the bridges
  27. Have a hot dog at Nathan’s Famous
  28. See a show at Carnegie Hall
  29. Catch a Broadway show
  30. See Shakespeare in the Park
  31. Join the Human Karaoke Experience
  32. Volunteer with NY Cares
  33. Explore Ellis Island (Part 1, Part 2)
  34. Eat at Prince Street Pizza
  35. Photograph Manhattanhenge
  36. Ride a Bike through Central Park
  37. Go to NY Comic Con
  38. See the NY Auto Show
  39. Cheer at a NYRR race
  40. Visit the Museum of Natural History
  41. See the Museum of the Moving Image
  42. Drink at the Bohemian Beer Garden
  43. Travel out of Grand Central Terminal
  44. Go to Moth Story Slam
  45. Sing in K Town Karaoke
  46. Bryant Park Ice Skating
  47. See the Rockettes
  48. Pillow Fight Day
  49. Find the hidden subway station
  50. Go to the Whispering Gallery in Grand Central
  51. See the Berlin Wall remnants
  52. See the Queens Museum Panorama
  53. Catch a show at the Apollo Theater
  54. Visit the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
  55. NY Food Tour
  56. Do the Great Saunter
  57. Have Ices from the Lemon Ice King of Corona
  58. Ride the SeaGlass Carousel
  59. Reach the top of the Empire State Building
  60. Go to a street fair
  61. Stop at a random subway station and explore the area
  62. Go to Governors Island
  63. Brooklyn Smorgasburg
  64. Coney Island Mermaid Parade
  65. Visit Rockaway Beach
  66. Tour the Intrepid
  67. Visit the New York Transit Museum
  68. Eat at Little Russia on Brighton Beach
  69. Participate in Scott’s Pizza Tours
  70. Go to a Knicks game
  71. Floyd Bennett Field
  72. Brooklyn Cherry Blossom Festival
  73. See Movies with a View
  74. Participate in Santa Con
  75. Run the Tunnel to Towers race
  76. See a Lunar New Year Parade
  77. Visit the Museum of Sex
  78. See an exhibit at the International Center of Photography
  79. Visit Grant’s Tomb
  80. Go to the Main Branch of the New York Public Library
  81. Sleep No More
  82. Go to a speakeasy
  83. Ride Jane’s Carousel
  84. Go surfing in Rockaway Beach
  85. Explore street art in Bushwick
  86. Go to the Top of the Rock
  87. Run along the West Side Highway
  88. Eat at a 24-hour diner at an odd time
  89. Shop for books at The Strand
  90. See a NYCFC game
  91. Go to the Halloween Parade
  92. Explore the Guggenheim
  93. Go kayaking
  94. Shop at a flea market
  95. Visit Coney Island
  96. Eat lobster on City Island
  97. Participate in outdoor yoga
  98. Catch a show at SummerStage in Central Park
  99. US Open
  100. Jazz Age Lawn Party
  101. Picnic in Prospect Park
  102. Catch a local act perform
  103. Concert at Bowery Ballroom
  104. Watch a movie at Film Forum
  105. Have a knish from Yonah Schinmel’s
  106. Eat in Little Italy
  107. Explore The Frick Collection
  108. Eat pastrami at Katz’s
  109. Shop at Chelsea Market
  110. Join a Protest
  111. Party on a hotel rooftop
  112. Tour the Morris-Jumel Mansion
  113. Shop the Bryant Park Winter Village
  114. Have a sandwich from Faicco’s
  115. Catch a Cyclones game
  116. Walk around Manhattan for a day (Part 1) (Part 3)
  117. Hop on hop off water taxi
  118. Walk the High Line
  119. NYC Restaurant Week
  120. Eat a Rainbow Bagel at the Bagel Store
  121. Shop the Broadway Flea Market
  122. Have a Beer at McSorley’s
  123. Eat a slice from L&B Spumoni Gardens
  124. Have a Cronut
  125. Have tea at the Russian Tea Room
  126. Eat a doughnut at Doughnut Plant
  127. Participate in a November Project workout
  128. Tour the United Nations
  129. Take a bus tour
  130. Tour the Queens Museum
  131. One World Observatory
  132. Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market
  133. Visit Strawberry Fields
  134. Eat at Roberta’s Pizza
  135. Citi Summer Streets
  136. Take a class with NY Trapeze
  137. Tour Gracie Mansion
  138. St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  139. See Billy Joel at the Garden
  140. Attend an event at the library
  141. Eat cheesecake at Junior’s
  142. Have a milkshake from Black Tap
  143. Governors Ball Music Festival
  144. Have the Recession Special at Gray’s Papaya
  145. Eat at the New World Mall Food Court
  146. Explore Roosevelt Island
  147. Participate in a Fleet Week Activity
  148. Have an egg cream in Brooklyn
  149. Pride Parade
  150. Eat under the Brooklyn Bridge
  151. Go to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
  152. Take a class at Brooklyn Kitchen
  153. Fire at a dark at a world map – eat at a respective restaurant
  154. Have a cone from Soft Swerve
  155. See the Cloisters
  156. Feast of San Gennaro
  157. Visit the Brooklyn Bridge at night
  158. Go to a concert at Bargemusic
  159. See the New York City Ballet
  160. Have a dollar slice
  161. Play an instrument on the subway
  162. Climb to the top of the Statue of Liberty
  163. Have Banana Pudding from Magnolia’s
  164. Watch the sunset from Sunset Park
  165. Visit the 2nd Avenue Subway Station
  166. Museum of Modern Art
  167. Take an NBC studio tour
  168. Get inside Gramercy Park
  169. Visit the Green-Wood Cemetery
  170. Find Brandon from HONY
  171. Drink at a rooftop bar at sunset
  172. Paddle boat in Central Park


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