Now that we’ve arrived in the exciting new year of 2018, I’m thinking of nothing else right now than my upcoming 5 day trip to New York City (with a weekend layover in Reykjavik, Iceland on the way there).
So, with that in mind, I want to share my NYC bucket list with you, mainly so you can see what I’m planning (and what is sure to appear on my blog in the future), but also in case you think I’ve added something that should be skipped… I’d love to hear your thoughts if you’ve been!
1. See the sights from the top of the Empire State Building
Although the Empire State Building costs a bit of money to head to the top of, I think seeing the sights from the top is a must during my first visit to New York… I hope it’s worth it!
2. Marvel at the bright lights of Times Square
A truly iconic NYC landmark, Times Square might be a totally touristy thing to do, but I can’t possibly miss it on my first visit to the city that never sleeps!
3. Wander around Central Park
Central Park in New York is akin to Hyde Park in London and is yet another place not to be missed. However, I will probably skip the horse drawn carriage ride, and instead, opt to see the main parts of this park on foot across several days.
4. Conduct a minute’s silence at the 9/11 Memorial
I’ve always admired cities that don’t try to forget their past, and instead, choose to remember those who have tragically lost their lives. Berlin in Germany is great for this, and I think NYC will be as well, thanks to the humbling 9/11 memorial.
5. Visit Grand Central Station & test the ‘Whispering Gallery’
As a bit of a ‘Gossip Girl’ fanatic, I couldn’t help but include Grand Central Station on my New York City bucket list. But actually, since watching an NYC episode of ‘Travel Man’, I’m also dying to try out the ‘Whispering Gallery’. It’s said that if you and your partner stand in particular parts of the station, you can have a private conversation with one another with your voices travelling to each other through the stonework (even when whispering)! I’d love to find out whether this actually works!
6. Walk along both the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge
Two very iconic bridges, two very different walks, and I want to do both!
7. Cruise near the Statue of Liberty
Although it’s possible to head to the top of the Statue of Liberty, I’m less fussed by this. Instead, I’ve heard you can catch a cheap ferry, which takes you past the statue (and offers prime photo opportunities)!
8. Admire art at the MET Museum
I’ve wanted to visit the MET as soon as I found out about the Asian exhibits found there… enough said!
9. Photograph the Flatiron Building
A building that is said to resemble a flatiron (or iron), I simply want to grab a quick photo of it! (Just call me a total tourist!)
10. Eat my weight in chocolate at ‘Stick With Me Sweets’
I first heard about ‘Stick With Me Sweets’ via a Facebook video, and it’s been on my bucket list ever since. The chocolates are hand painted and are said to be delicious. So, with the purpose of conducting some vital blog research for you all (you know, as a totally selfless act), I plan on eating my weight in chocolate there… or at least as much as I can afford! (The chocolates don’t come cheap…) – Find out whether I thought the chocolates were worth it here!
11. Walk through Chinatown & admire the Mahayana Buddhist Temple
Whenever I visit large cities, I always checkout the local Chinatown, ‘cos let’s face it, there is always one! London, San Francisco, Amsterdam, and now NYC, I’m slowly making my way around them all! But in New York’s Chinatown, I’m particularly excited to see the Mahayana Buddhist Temple, which looks amazing!
12. Order some drinks in the ‘How I Met Your Mother’ pub
‘How I Met Your Mother’ used to be one of my favourite TV shows, and so when my fiancé Scott mentioned having a drink in the iconic pub as something to add to our NYC bucket list, I didn’t need much convincing!
13. Walk along the High Line
As a big fan of nature and walking through forests and such like, finding a cool little space like this in New York City is a must. Enter the ‘High Line’, which promises great city views, nature and a relaxing walk.
14. Check out Union Square for the Farmer’s Market and artisan cakes
I’ve heard that Union Square is home to a great Farmer’s Market, and within that is a great stall selling artisan cakes. If anyone knows where it is, please tell me! Otherwise, I shall scout it out and come back here to tell you all about it.
15. Sip sophisticated cocktails at The Penrose or Weather Up (or both)
Found within most Lonely Planet NYC guidebooks and articles are The Penrose and Weather Up bars, which are said to serve sophisticated, posh cocktails… you know, just so I can pretend I’m Charlotte York from ‘Sex and the City’ (yes, I know I’m a total Charlotte!)
BONUS: Window shop at 3FortySeven
Known as a posh gallery and home interiors showroom, 3FortySeven is something for the posh elite of New York City. And I plan on window shopping there at least once!
So… what do you think of my New York City bucket list? Have I captured the best bits of NYC? Or is there even more to see that I’ve missed? And do you have any tips about anything I’ve mentioned? Write me a few notes in the comments as I’d love to hear from anyone who has been before…
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