I had a real blast on my second trip to New York, and managed to cross off a bunch of things off my wanderlist, like seeing Starry Night up close, getting my hands on a Levain cookie and finally devouring everything at Los Tacos No. 1. And, yes – they all lived up to the hype.
But as I flew over the Atlantic Ocean on my return trip, I couldn’t resist updating my New York City Wanderlist with all the bucket list items I still have for NYC. Because I don’t think I’m done with the Big Apple just quite yet.
- Now that I’ve hit up all the big museums, it’s time to explore some of the smaller and lesser-known ones. Like the Merchant’s House Museum, Merchant’s House Museum and The Met Cloisters are on the list.
- As a reading room aficionado, the one at the New York Public Library is definitely on my to-see list. I made it to the Library on my last visit but did not get to see the reading room as it was a 2-hour wait for the tour. The Morgan Library & Museum is another reading room I need to witness.
- Seeing the City dressed up for Christmas is also high on my list. I feel like it would be London during Christmas, but on steroids and I am so ready for that.
- Exploring the north side of Central Park is a must-do. So far I’ve seen everything up until the reservoir and have kept the last section for a future visit. All I know is that there are arches, gardens and woods.
- Spend a day at Coney Island …well, the Luna Park bit that I have seen in movies and TV shows. I want to go on all the rides, try Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs and most importantly of all, chill on the beach.
- Going to a theatre show on Broadway is also on my list. I’m keeping it for when I visit the city with someone who is into them so they can pick a good one as my only request is for it not to be a musical.
- Another thing I’d like to experience is going to a live taping of Saturday Night Live, tickets are allocated once a year so that seems to be a big gamble. Until then, I would be happy to go to any talk show recording at 30 Rock.
- I loved going to an ice-hockey game at Madison Square Garden the first time I visited and would love to go again. Or even seeing a baseball or basketball game would be great.
- I’ve seen the Statue of Liberty from all different angles, except up close! So a climb to the crown is high on the list. And while I’m there, why not combine it with Ellis Island to visit the Nation Immigration Museum to learn what happened after people stepped off the boat, including a possible ancestor (at least, they have the same surname and are from the same area as me in Bosnia).
- Stay at the TWA Hotel at JFK, I was sooo close on my last visit, but the queue to get my ticket took too long and I didn’t want to risk it, so for the next time I want to schedule an afternoon to visit and maybe even stay at the TWA!