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NYC Bucketlist

January 20, 2017

It’s no secret that New York is one of my favourite cities of all time. Just like thousands of others, I have been mesmerised by ‘the city that never sleeps’; its bright lights, the constant buzz and the sense of hope that you just can’t escape from in the concrete jungle.

I’ve now been lucky enough to visit New York twice – the first time for my 21st birthday back 2013 and the second back in March 2016. Whilst I have been able to tick off many of my must-sees there are still plenty of things on my NYC Bucketlist..

1. Admire the views from the Top of the Rock ♥

2. Empire State Building ♥

3. Row boats in Central Park

4. Take advantage of Free Fridays at the Museum of Modern Art

5. Watch the sunset from the One World Observatory ♥

3 Days in New York6. Enjoy a cocktail with a view across the city, at a rooftop bar

7. Eat hot dogs at an ice hockey game

8.  Walk the high-line from the Meatpacking District through Chelsea ♥

9. Go back to the prohibition era at a speakeasy bar like Please Don’t Tell in the East Village

10. Browse Williamsburg Artists & Fleas Market

11. Go to a gig

12.Spend a day at Coney Island

13. Relive my university dissertation days in the Reading Room of New York Public library

14. Visit the animals at Bronx Zoo

15. Eat a pizza slice, or like, ten in Little Italy

16. Spot a celebrity

17. Take a ride on the Staten Island ferry ♥

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18. Watch a comedy show

19. Sneak into fancy hotels like The Plaza and the Waldorf Astoria and wander around pretending you belong, until you’re caught!

20. See a Broadway Show Last year I saw Jersey Boys on Broadway and it was fantastic – I’d highly recommend the show!

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22. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset

23. Pay respect at the 9/11 Memorial ♥

24. Enjoy the art inside the Guggenheim museum

25. Take a yellow cab ♥

26. Explore the USA’s busiest stations, Grand Central ♥

3 days in New York27. Slurp noodles and gorge on dim-sum in Chinatown

28. Do a movie/ series tour of Manhattan ♥ (My review of On Location Tours Sex & The City Tour)

29. Window shop on 5th Avenue ♥

30. Eat a burger at Shake Shack

31. Brunch like a local ♥

32. Look for bargains at a sample sale

33. Take in the lights of Times Square at night ♥

34. Eat a cupcake from Magnolia Bakery, or Baked by Melissa (or both) ♥

35. Spend a morning on Liberty and Ellis Island

36. Use the cupcake ATM (780 Lexington Avenue) ♥

37. Explore the streets of Greenwich village

3 days in New York38. Visit Wall Street ♥

39 Go to a New York Yankees game

40. See the famous Flatiron building ♥

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41. Visit St Patrick’s Cathedral ♥

42. Enjoy a traditional ‘schmeer’ bagel ♥

43. Hunt for street art around the city

44. Take a picture with the Charging Bull

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45. Indulge in spaghetti and meatballs in Little Italy

40. Explore the American Museum of Natural History

What do you make of my NYC bucketlist? How many of these have you worked your way through? Would you add anything to the list? Do share your tips and suggestions in the comment section below or get in touch on Facebook!


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  • Reply Gabri July 30, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Hey Victoria! I just stumbled across your blog and love it! I am 23 and have also been doing my fair share of traveling the world. Your tips are spot on and your photos beautiful.

    New York is always a city that will lay close to my heart, since I lived there for a few years while completing my undergrad. For a first-time trip to the city your list is great! The one thing I do have to speak up about is Little Italy, however.
    Both short term and long term inhabitants alike usually will vouch for one thing: don’t eat in Little Italy. It’s extremely overpriced and the quality is mediocre (at best). Chinatown has expanded so much through the years that it’s actually begun eating up Little Italy’s real-estate. The 3 or so blocks remaining are usually only packed with ill-informed tourists and are no longer home to ethnic Italian families. No Italian Mama’s? No good pasta.
    You will find amazing pizza at any dollar pizza stand (especially in the Lower East/West sides) along with Juliana’s Pizza in Brooklyn Bridge Park or even Artichoke pizza. In NYC pizza is like religion. There are several types of pizza’s all with their own styles of crust, cheese, price, toppings and loyal following. While the goal is to worship at the alter of deliciousness, no two pizza’s are almost ever alike.
    Overall, a pretty good list of New York hot spots! I’ll be sure to check out even more of your work.

    Cheers 🙂

    • Reply Victoria August 6, 2017 at 8:22 am

      Hey Gabri,
      Thank you so much for your comment – it made my day! So pleased you enjoy reading my blog – it’s always so nice to hear!
      Wow, it must have been amazing to live in New York during your time at uni – I’m so jealous! You must know so many amazing places in the city that tourists have never heard of – I’ll have to pick your brain for ideas if and when I return for a 3rd time
      As for Little Italy, thank you! I will definitely be changing that point on my list and replacing it with your suggestions. What a shame though that the area is no longer home to authentic Italians – I guess I’ll just have to look for the street art in the area instead!
      Victoria x

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