So, after opening up for the first time really, I decided to get my life together. Only a few hours later, a friend texted me asking if I'd like to join her for trivia night at a bar in East Village, and I thought why the hell not? I mean, here I was complaining that New York wasn't what I expected it to be, when at 8pm I had just gotten back to my apartment from running errands all afternoon, and I was going to spend the rest of my night with good old Netflix. So why the hell not? I threw on my flats and headed to the Subway station.
Why the hell not is probably going to be my summer motto - at least until I get the hang of things in NYC. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not going to become a modern-day Yes Man a la Jim Carrey, but I'm going to step out of my comfort zone a little more than I originally planned. And what does that mean? Who knows.. but why the hell not?!
// Visit McGees: Said to be the real-life version of How I Met Your Mother's McLaren's, I have to have a drink and a meal at the now-famous pub.
// Go to Smorgasburg: Every Saturday and Sunday in Brooklyn, there's Smorgasburg - a food festival full of any kind of vendor you can imagine. It's fantastic to be there, but probably horrible for both your wallet and your waistline. [done - 06/15, and every weekend since]
// Visit all 5 Boroughs: NYC famously has five boroughs. I've been to two already (obviously Brooklyn and Manhattan), but I've only driven through Queens and I have yet to head to The Bronx or Staten Island, so I gotta get those three done this summer.
// Kayak The East River: Imagine how cute it would be to kayak under the Brooklyn Bridge and along the promenade? I see people do it all the time, and it reminds me of home in a way..
// Help Someone Who Asks For Directions: I'm talking like "how do I get here", and me explaining descriptively. I want to know NYC so well that I can actually tell someone where to go. So far, I've helped people figure out the subway system, but I haven't really helped with directions per se.. [done - 06/27]
// See a Broadway Play: I have a couple on my list that I definitely want to see: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (NPH is amazing!), Aladdin, Matilda, and Jersey Boys are definitely must-sees for me! [done, Newsies - 07/19, Aladdin - 08/03]
// Try Something Completely Different: I want to try something I'd never normally do - be it, a new fashion trend, a new food, or a new hobby. [done - boxing]
// Sit at the Brooklyn Heights Promenade: Luckily for me, the promenade is less than three blocks away from my apartment, so I get to do this at least once a week. It's completely relaxing, and some good inspiration too. [done]
and this is only an iPhone panorama.. imagine how beautiful this looks in real life!
// Go to an Awards Show: I've always wanted to be in the crowd at an Awards ceremony, seeing the fabulous fashions, celebs walking by, and all the performances up close and personal. [done - The Tony Awards - 06/08]
// See the Sun Rise over the City: I've seen the sun set, but I want to be up early enough to sit on the promenade and see the sun rise over the cityscape. Pictures will most definitely follow!
// Go to the Chelsea Outdoor Flower Market: I work in Chelsea, and I've walked past it a few times, but I want to explore and actually see it in its entirety.
// Have a Conversation with a Complete Stranger in a Coffee Shop: This actually happened on my first day in the city! I was sitting in Starbucks after work and a random girl and I started chatting. As it turns out, we're both sisters of Alpha Chi Omega. We freaked out and obviously took pictures throwing what we know. [done - 06/02]
LITB, sista sista..
// Go to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens: I hear the views are absolutely breathtaking, so I'd love to spend a day there, just relaxing, sightseeing and maybe taking a few pics to share! [done - 07/08]
// Visit Coney Island: I haven't been to Coney Island since I was ten, but I'm dying to go back! They just reopened the Thunderbolt roller coaster this week, and it's better than ever, so I want to force myself to get on it!
// Go to the Bronx Zoo: Killing two birds with one stone (not literally), by crossing both this and Bronx off my list!
// Attend a Conference: I'm actually booked for the HerCampus Collegiette Conference in July, and I'm super excited to meet some of my blog friends, and some of the ladies from Nationals! [done - 07/12]
// Buy a Cupcake from the Sprinkles ATM: This one is self-explanatory. Cupcakes!!!
// See a Movie Premiere/Filming: There's always one going on in NYC, and I'm more than willing to be that person in the back of the crowd. [done - Boardwalk Empire - 07/25]
// Go to a Taping of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon: Unfortunately, I've been trying to get tickets for Jimmy Fallon for months without any luck. I'm so desperate now, I'm ready to beg all of you to tweet at him to get me some tickets! I mean, it worked for Helene and Tomorrowland, why the hell not..
What else should I add to this list? Did I miss any of your favorite spots in NYC?