THE NYC BUCKET LIST: 50 THINGS YOU ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO DO IN THE CITY

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  • 1. Eat pastrami while waiting for a pastrami sandwich at Katz's 

  • 2. Spend the entire afternoon drinking on a rooftop

  • 3. Check out one of NYC’s abandoned subway stations

  • 4. Go gallery-hopping (and score free wine) in Chelsea 

  • 5. Eat a late-night chopped cheese 

  • 6. Do 3am karaoke in K-Town 

  • 7. Go to a Russian supper club in Brighton Beach 

  • 8. See a show at Radio City Music Hall 

  • 9. Get a freshly baked bagel at Ess-a-Bagel 

  • 10. Hear live jazz in Harlem 

  • 11. Spend an obnoxious weekend in the Hamptons 

  • 12. Spend a less-obnoxious weekend on City Island 

  • 13. Wait in line for lox at Russ & Daughters 

  • 14. Ride the Cyclone in Coney Island 

  • 15. Hang out in Brooklyn Bridge Park on a weekend afternoon 

  • 16.16. Ride the train out to Rockaway Beach

  • 17. Have a drink at a (real) hidden bar 

  • 18. See the cherry blossoms at Brooklyn Botanic Garden 

  • 19. Get a Recession Special from Gray's Papaya 

  • 20. Go to a baseball game in the middle of summer 

  • 21. Eat a meal you really can’t afford 

  • 22. Visit the 9/11 Memorial 

  • 23. Travel for some of the city’s best pizza 

  • 24. Go to a live TV show taping 

  • 25. Hit a 24-hour spot at 5am to soak up the booze 

  • 26. Cruise past the Statue of Liberty on the free IKEA ferry 

  • 27. Get made fun of by a comedian at the Comedy Cellar 

  • 28. Got to one of the last remaining peep shows in Times Square 

  • 29. Visit NYC’s real Little Italy and get Bolognese 

  • 30. Explore Central Park’s secret waterfalls 

  • 31. Eat dumplings at Tianjin Dumpling House in Flushing 

  • 32. Have a pint at an old-school dive bar 

  • 33. Eat a black & white cookie 

  • 34. Go to a concert at Madison Square Garden 

  • 35. Have a fancy cocktail and pretend you’re a member of New York high society at a hotel bar

  • 36. Hit a food hall and try several different cuisines at once 

  • 37. Drink your own booze on the Staten Island Ferry 

  • 38. Visit all the museums on Museum Mile that you’ve never gotten around to 

  • 39. Celebrate Christmas at Rolf’s 

  • 40. Score cheap Broadway tickets 

  • 41. Go to Gospel Sunday brunch at Sylvia’s 

  • 42. Dance and get weird at the House of Yes 

  • 43. Sell (and then browse) books at the Strand 

  • 44. Get a Citi Bike and ride over the Brooklyn Bridge 

  • 45. Explore Red Hook, Brooklyn 

  • 46. Head upstate to Letchworth State Park 

  • 47. Drink on a boat (or barge) in the summer 

  • 48. Wander around Green-Wood Cemetery 

  • 49. Buy produce from a rooftop farm 

  • 50. Picnic in Prospect Park 

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