June 18, 2014

NYC Bucket List

After yesterday's post, I realized that although I've been stepping out of my comfort zone lately, it's time to completely break through it. I received countless encouraging and sympathizing comments, emails and texts, and I can't begin to explain how grateful I am for not only being able to express how I feel, but for having the support from all of my readers, fellow bloggers and friends and family.

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.

// Walk The Brooklyn Bridge: Conveniently, I live in Bk, and actually like 3.5 seconds from the bridge, so why not? [done - 07/29]

// 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? 

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  1. Caro..
    Your list needs you to be there for a few more months.. But try to add these.. A horse drawn carriage ride through Central Park...meet Brandon Stanton from Humans of New York.. and be featured on his page... Eat pretzels on the sidewalk near Rockerfeller Center.. Go to the front line on the Today Show with a Trini flag. Get a NY hair cut..and make over.....(you don't need it) delete that.. Share your incredible smile to someone new every day..

  2. Visit World Trade Center site, Statue of Liberty, Act like a tourist for a day! I did it was so much fun! , Walk through Central Park.

    I don't know what else but you'll love it! :) ♥

  3. Love this, its on my bucket list to visit NYC Id love to check some of these things out too!

  4. I love this! And I can't wait to go back to NYC some day as the first (and only time) I went there, it was for a conference and I couldn't do any touristy or fun stuff haha. But I'm so happy for you and your bucket list! Try to do them all or find some equally awesome things to do! xo, gina

  5. Caroline!! Go to Arthur Ave in the Bronx and get pasta from Borgatti's and cannolis from Madonia Brothers!!!

  6. I love your attitude! I think I should probably take the same stance in my own town. Sometimes, I think I've lived here my whole life and seen it all, but the reality is that's far from the truth! I think it's so easy to get sucked into a comfort zone and then not even realize there's a ton of things waiting to be experienced all around you.

  7. As a New Yorker, I love NYC related posts!!

  8. Love this post! I hope you get to accomplish it all!

  9. I love NY! I went for the first time a few years ago and had SO much fun! <3 Can't wait to go again! :)

  10. Sounds like a blast! Good luck on knocking your list out! = ]

  11. Ahh it all sounds so good! I hope you do get to do all of it.

  12. There are so many awesome things to do! I NEED to go to Smorgasburg. That sounds amazing haha

  13. For Smorgasbord, it's held in two different locations depending what day you go. The day it's not held at a certain location, there's a flea market going on. So if say it's in Williamsburg on Saturday, the flea market will be held on Sunday. For Queens, try the Museum of the Moving Image and Queens Museum. Also Astoria is a nice town to visit. You may also want to try the Aubergine cafe in woodside(take the 7, get off at 52-Woodside).

  14. I have done most of that list (I lived in NYC from 2004-2006 and now I am in NJ). I would say another must see now is Highline and PS1 in the Summer in LIC.

  15. When you go to Queens try Martha's Bakery! It's amazing :) Also definitely visit the Met. MOMA, the Natural History Museum and the Museum of American Folk Art are also great. Visit Central Park. Get lost. Visit the Strand. City Bakery is expensive but good. I've always wanted to go the High Line. Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge...wander Battery Park...Washington Square Park...and there are free recitals at Julliard all the time! Hm. I love going to the opera or ballet at Lincoln Center. The Halal Guys food truck and Wafels and Dinges. Chinatown and Little Italy.There's so much to do!

  16. What an awesome list!! I know NYC is going to be amazing for you <3

  17. Oh yes yes yes! I just did a post on active things to do in NYC and you just gave me so many more ideas! Let me know if you're ever feeling in a funk, I live in the NYC area too and I know it can be ...well.. a lot of concrete!

  18. This is such a great list! I'm going to make one for LA now!

  19. I wish I had tried living in NYC at some point in my life. I love that city. You have to see Lion King on Broadway sometime. It will change your life!

  20. This sounds like a fun list - I would love to have a taste of the NYC experience. I saw Hedwig in LA and it was fab!

  21. what an awesome bucket list! So many things to do in NY

  22. http://www.thrillist.com/drink/new-york/rooftop-bar-nyc

    Worth checking out - and let us know which ones to visit when we visit.

  23. Tip for getting Jimmy Fallon tickets is to sign up for band bench seats! You get to watch the taping from the regular audience seats and then get to actually go on stage and stand behind the musical guest as they perform!

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