I’ve only got a few more months as an official NYC resident. And you know what? I’ve still got a surprising amount of shit that I want to do before I leave.
The problem with living in this city is that this “tourist attraction” is just your home. Friends in other cities are all, “what’d you do this weekend? Statue of Liberty? The Met?” And you’re all “no, dude, I slept till 11, made a really greasy breakfast, took a nap, and then watched a movie b/c it was raining and I didn’t want to go outside.” Because that is what you would do if you lived anywhere else. But when you live in New York City people expect that you spend every weekend touring museums and eating at fabulous restaurants (which, in all fairness, is kind of true–even the crappy delis have some of the best sandwiches you’ve ever eaten).
That said, there is still a lot of stuff I need to do before I move. A lot of stuff that, because I alternate my weekends b/w New York and CT, I haven’t gotten to yet. I have done some stuff though.
I’ve seen the Rock Tree (TWO YEARS IN A ROW!) and been ice skating at the Natural History Museum.
I’ve seen David Blaine at Central Park. I’ve seen Brooke Shields in SoHo. I’ve shared a cab w/a Law & Order regular extra (you know the type I’m talking about–they play a killer at least once a season).
I’ve been to Chinatown and Brooklyn. I’ve been to all of the villages. I’ve hung out on the Upper West Side. I’ve been to the Met. I’ve seen at least 3 shows on Broadway.
I’ve sunned myself in Central Park and had Sunday brunch on the sidewalks in front of some of my favorite cafes.
I’ve made friends with my doorman and half the staff at my regular breakfast joint. I’ve run into old friends on subways and at airports (proving that this city really is just a really big small town).
But I still have a lot to do. I decided to compile a list so I wouldn’t forget everything I wanted to get done before I packed up and headed to…um…someplace that Boo and I have yet to figure out.
- Have frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity.
- See the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island (and find my family’s name!).
- Check out the view from the top of the Empire State Building.
- Visit Ground Zero. I know it’s not really what it was but I can’t live here and NOT see it. Boo saw it last year w/his brother so I need to make sure I see it too.
- Have my caricature drawn at Times Square.
- Go on the Double Decker Bus Tour.
- Buy something at Bloomingdale’s or Bendel’s.
- Go to a ballet (but somehow I feel we missed ballet season this year…whoops!).
- Visit the Bronx Zoo.
- Visit the Botanical Gardens.
- Hit up either the MoMA or the Guggenheim.
I know, I know. It’s a super touristy list. It’s all the stuff that non-New Yorkers think we do EVERY weekend. But just b/c it’s touristy doesn’t mean I don’t want to experience it before I leave!
In fact, Boo and I crossed one thing off the list on Saturday:
Carriage Ride at Central Park
On a bummer of a side note, if you are expecting blogger meetup tales, you won’t find them here. When Boo and I arrived at the bar we had to wait in line for 25 minutes (stupid Bulls/Celtics game). We texted our whereabouts, never heard anything back and when we made it into Village Pour House it was blogger-less. Definitely a shame, but Boo and I ran into a friend I haven’t seen since graduation (2 years–whoa!) and we got to visit our favorite UES bar so the night wasn’t a total bust for us.