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.

    Camila

  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.

    http://newyork.ucbtheatre.com/shows/view/468

    keep us all up to date with what you accomplish!

    ~all star

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