Trez’s NYC Bucket List

*November 2013: When I first created this list in March of 2012, I knew I wouldn’t be able to cross many of these off in the five month window I had before leaving.  I didn’t, however, suspect I’d cross off so few.  I used to think of this list as a pretty big failure, and on more than one occasion, I almost deleting it.  Lately, I’ve come to appreciate being able to go back to it from time to time.  It also sparked my idea to keep a list like this for every city I live in down the line.  And, since I make it back to NYC on a fairly regular basis, usually 2 to 3 times a year, there’s no reason I can’t keep adding to – and checking off – this list.

On August 5th, 2012, I’ll be packing up everything I own, hopping in a car with Copperfield and The Guy, and driving across country for a few weeks before starting the next chapter of my life back in southern California.  After calling NYC home for almost a decade, I’ve naturally started to think about things I’ve wanted to do but haven’t yet gotten around to.  It’s a tall order, and there’s a good chance I won’t get to everything on this list over the next few months, but I’m definitely looking forward to trying.

Adventures in Eating and Drinking

  • 508
  • 8th St Wine Cellar
  • Against the Grain
  • Agave
  • Brooklyn Oenology
  • D.O.C. Wine Bar
  • Doughnut Plant
  • Eataly
  • Eleven Madison Park
  • Fatty ‘Cue
  • Hill Country
  • John Dory Oyster Bar
  • Loreley Williamsburg
  • Madam Geneva
  • Maison Premiere
  • Pok Pok Wing
  • Porsena
  • Smorgasburg
  • St. Anslem
  • Sunburnt Cow (primarily for their unlimited bloody mary brunch, which I’ve done once or twice before, but should really take advantage of at least once more before I leave)
  • Sushi Yasuda
  • The Commodore
  • The Little Owl
  • Thirstbaràvin
  • Torrisi Italian Specialties
  • Ushiwakamaru
  • Vinegar Hill House
  • Whitehall

 Inedible Adventures

  • Attend a talk/lecture at the 92nd Street Y
  • Attend an event at the WNYC Greene Space
  • Attend a lecture or a Friday night event at the Rubin Museum (added 3/7 per Camila’s suggestion)
  • Bronx Botanical Gardens
  • Camp out for Saturday Night Live
  • Check out a Loser’s Lounge night at Joe’s Pub (added 3/7 per Camila’s suggestion)
  • Cloisters (I’ve only been in the winter time, but would love to go when the weather is warm)
  • Go kayaking on the Hudson
  • Guggenheim (I went once as a freshman or sophomore)
  • Lower East Side Tenement Museum
  • Morgan Library
  • Museum of the City of New York
  • New York Historical Society
  • New York Public Library Main Branch (I’ve passed by a zillion times and never stepped foot inside)
  • New York Transit Museum
  • Rent a paddle boat in Central Park
  • Ride a bike in NYC (it’s sort of appalling that I haven’t done this in 10 years)
  • Roller skate at the Highline
  • See a Brooklyn Cyclones game
  • Shakespeare in the Park
  • Take Copperfield to the Prospect Park dog beach

Off the Island

  • Dia Beacon
  • Go wine tasting on Long Island or in the Finger Lakes region
  • Niagara Falls
  • Spend a weekend in the Hamptons (Okay, it was Greenport, LI, but it worked just as well)
  • Take a Boston trip (I’ve passed through, but never spent any actual time in the city)
Pavement Pounding

  • Do a long (16 to 20 miles) loop of Manhattan
  • George Washington Bridge
  • Inwood Park
  • Run a race that starts and finishes in Queens (I’ve done that in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan.  Sorry, Staten Island, but the desire just isn’t there…)
  • Run along the Coney Island Boardwalk
  • Run in Prospect Park (I’ve raced there, but never run there just for fun)

The list is definitely a work in progress, so if you’ve got a must-see/do/eat, I’d love to know.  What’s the coolest thing you’ve done in the city?  Where’s your favorite place to eat?  What do I absolutely need to do before I leave?  Just because it isn’t on the bucket list doesn’t mean I’ve already done it, so comments and suggestions are much appreciated!


4 responses to “Trez’s NYC Bucket List

  1. Therese,

    What a great idea this list!
    What about these:

    – attend a lecture or a Friday night event at the Rubin Museum. The person giving lecture usually chooses a piece of art from the museum and there is a mini tour afterwards. It is really great.
    – go to a Looser’s Lounge at Joe Pub. It is usually chill and pretty hilarious.


  2. Such a good idea! I wish I did this before I left NYC for SoCal, although I have gotten to do a lot of things because I was flying back and forth so much in the past year. So the one thing I really miss that I do just about every time I go back is Upright Citizen’s Brigade, but more specifically, the group Death by Roo Roo: Your F’d Up Family. I have never laughed so hard in my life – you won’t be disappointed! Oh, and make sure you get tix in advance and get there early…this is their most popular show now.

    keep us all up to date with what you accomplish!

    ~all star

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