While working for a digital design firm in Manhattan, on a one year American visa, I set myself the goal of ticking off as many of my bucket list items as possible.
Here’s my NYC Bucket list and the best things to do in NYC (in my opinion).
✔ Have a hot dog from a street vendor.
I’ve done this many times and am usually disappointed. I haven’t had one hot dog that was as good as the ones at my high school cafeteria, leading me to only one conclusion; New Zealand can make better American hot dogs than America… who knew?
✔ Visit Coney Island
The Cyclone, Ferris Wheel, Aero plane ride – you name it, I’ve done it – I even saw the Freak Show.
✔ Hit up the Jersey Shore:
I didn’t exactly party like Snooki and Jwoww (since I don’t drink), but I spent a great long weekend of beaching, bar hopping and deep fried Oreo eating with three awesome Australian friends.
✔ Check out a roof top Bar in the city:
I celebrated 30 days in New York City by visiting two of the cities roof top bars for amazing Manhattan views. It wasn’t the last time I checked out roof top bars – but it did feel the most special.
✔ Find Gossip Girl Locations
One step short of actually taking a Gossip Girl tour, I’ve managed to visit the Empire Hotel (Chuck’s home), sit on the steps of the MET and have a Serena moment in Grand Central Station.
✔ Go to the top of the Empire State Building
I did one better. Twice I captured amazing views of Manhattan from to the “Top of the Rock” (Rockefeller Centre).
✔ Appear on one of the big screens in Times Square
My family and I all managed to appear on a big screen in the Square that most New Yorkers hate.
✔ Go to a Michelin Star Restaurant
New Years Eve at The Musket Room; a restaurant in Manhattan where the head chef is a kiwi. Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis were there and so was I.
Do a helicopter ride over the City
Visit Niagara Falls:
Update: I did this when staying in Toronto… did someone say underwhelming?
✔ Walk the High Line
I honestly think the High Line is overrated, there are cool views, but much too many people to share them with.
✔ Go on a blind date:
Technically no, but I did go on a Tinder date, which is kind of the same thing. He was French and we went to the Guggenheim. I can’t remember his name, but the art was nice.
✔ Fall in Love:
He was from Turkey and it was still the greatest love of my (not very long) life.
✔ Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
Illegally Skinny Dip
Take a row boat ride in Central Park:
✔ Have dinner in a typical American Home:
I was fortunate enough to be invited through friends of friends of friends to a traditional American home in Connecticut. They were some of the most friendly and welcoming people I had ever met.
✔ See a show on Broadway
Kinky Boots made for a fun evening in the City.
✔ Spot some Celebrities
So far I’ve managed to see of Catherine Zita-Jones, Michael Douglas, John Hamm, Rod Stewart, Nigel Barker, Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis.
✔ Visit Central Park in every season
Spring is my favourite.
✔ Take the Ferry to Governors Island
Governors Island is only open in summer and it is definitely worth a day trip!
✔ Visit the 9/11 Memorial
I’ve been multiple times – one of the most meaningful things to do in the city.
Ride the highest roller coaster in the world at Six Flags in New Jersey
The day I visited six flags this ride wasn’t open! The Nitro was a good second option – was the hour long line worth it? Yes, yes it was.
✔ Visit the most popular museums
The Guggenheim on a date, the Natural History Museum with my family, the MOMA with a friend & the MET alone.
✔ See the Yankees play at Yankee stadium
I’ve seen the Brooklyn Nets play at Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, the Mets at Citi Field in Queens, the Rangers at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, but one of my favorite NYC memories will always be watching the Yankees play in the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
✔ Check out Obama’s place
I spent a 13-hour bus trip with my family in Washington – we got to see Obamas place, but possibly even more meaningful was the Lincoln Memorial.
✔ Hang out in Prospect Park
Nowhere near as exciting as Central Park, but it’s always good to mix it up.
✔ Visit Sleepy Hollow
What a strange, strange place.
✔ Ride the Staten Island Ferry
The best way to see Lady Liberty … because it’s free!
✔ Visit the Cloisters
There’s only so much religious art I can take, but the amazing view of the Hudson was worth the long subway ride up.
✔ Go to the Halloween Parade
Another strange, strange event.
✔ Visit every borough of NYC
Manhattan, of course, will always be my favourite.
With 2 months left in The City I’m a very keen tourist. Have ideas for my bucket list? Add them in the comments section below xx