101 Things: NYC


New York City is one of the most visited cities in the world. I’ve had friends and family come to visit, and inevitably they all ask the same questions: What should we do? Where should we eat?

Now that spring is upon us (despite the snow on Friday!), and people are getting ready to plan their vacations, I thought I’d put together a list of 101 things to do for those of you visiting our fine city.

Touristy Destinations

  1. Times Square at night
  2. See a Broadway show
  3. Empire State Building
  4. Top of the Rock (which actually has the better view)
  5. Chrysler Building (nope, can’t go up this one)
  6. Grand Central Station
  7. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
  8. NBC Studio Tour
  9. Stroll along the boardwalk at Coney Island
  10. Explore Central Park
  11. Take the Staten Island Ferry (and come right back!)
  12. Statue of Liberty
  13. Ellis Island
  14. Walk the High Line (a personal favorite of mine when the weather permits)
  15. NY Public Library
  16. Bronx Zoo
  17. Little Italy
  18. Chinatown
  19. See a taping of a talk show (Fallon is sooo worth it)
  20. See a New York City Ballet performance
  21. Radio City Music Hall tour
  22. St. Paul’s Chapel
  23. Take a picture with the Charging Bull on Wall Street
  24. Washington Square Park
  25. Battery Park
  26. Take the train and just people watch
  27. Go for a run in Riverside Park
  28. For the person who still wants to workout on vacation, take a spin class at Flywheel or Soul Cycle, or a yoga class at Yoga to the People
  29. Explore a street fair (and have a deep fried oreo while you’re there)
  30. Dig for treasures at the Brooklyn Flea
  31. A night at the Apollo
  32. Walk to New Jersey and back via the George Washington Bridge
  33. See a comedy show
  34. Have breakfast at the Seinfeld diner
  35. NY Public Library

Less Touristy Destinations (That Are Still Worth It)

  1. Roosevelt Island (take the sky tram!)
  2. Spend the day at Rockaway Beach
  3. Governor’s Island (lay in a hammock all afternoon! jazz age lawn party!)
  4. Flushing Meadows-Corona Park (that place with the big globe)
  5. Brooklyn Botanical Garden
  6. New York Botanical Garden
  7. Get lost in the West Village
  8. Abandoned City Hall subway station (ride the 6 train to the end of the line, but don’t get off)


  1. American Museum of Natural History
  2. Guggenheim
  3. MoMA
  4. The Met + The Cloisters
  5. The Whitney
  6. The Frick
  7. Morgan Library and Museum
  8. New York Transit Museum
  9. The Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum
  10. Madame Tussaud Wax Museum
  11. 9/11 Memorial
  12. Neue Galerie
  13. International Center of Photography
  14. Brooklyn Museum


  1. Macy’s
  2. Bloomingdales
  3. Saks
  4. Barneys
  5. Tiffany & Co.
  6. The Strand
  7. Prince Street (tons of great shopping down here)
  8. Chelsea Market
  9. Stroll down 5th Avenue
  10. C.O. Bigelow

Tasty Treats

  1. Shake Shack (burgers)
  2. Serendipity (frozen hot chocolate)
  3. Eat Italian food on Arthur Avenue
  4. Eat something from a street vendor (I vote halal)
  5. Nathan’s Famous (hotdogs)
  6. Rockaway Taco (tacos)
  7. Ippudo (ramen)
  8. Milk Bar (delicious treats)
  9. The Greenmarket at Union Square (farmer’s market)
  10. Dough (donuts)
  11. Jacob’s Pickles (best for brunch)
  12. Russian Tea Room (tea…duh)
  13. Laduree (macarons)
  14. Lombardi’s (pizza)
  15. Eataly (gourmet market/Italian food court)
  16. Head to Brooklyn for Smorgasburg
  17. Murray’s Bagels
  18. Katz’s Deli (of ‘When Harry Met Sally’ fame)
  19. Mermaid Inn (great for brunch)
  20. Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles (cheap and delicious)
  21. Bouchon Bakery (macarons and pastries)
  22. Manhattanville Coffee (If you’re uptown, this is the place to go)
  23. Pisticci (Italian)
  24. Amy Ruth’s (chicken and waffles)

Holiday Specials

  1. Rockefeller Christmas Tree
  2. Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center
  3. Ice Skating in Central Park
  4. Bergdorf Goodman Windows
  5. Saks Fifth Avenue Windows
  6. Walk down Fifth Avenue and look at decorations
  7. Giant Christmas decorations on 6th Avenue
  8. Rockettes Christmas Spectacular
  9. Christmas markets (Columbus Circle, Bryant Park, Union Square)
  10. Dyker Heights Christmas lights

2 thoughts on “101 Things: NYC

  1. This is a FANTASTIC list! I was so pleased to see that the Morgan Library was included on your list – one of the best museums in the city and even a lot of LOCALS have never heard of it!

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