Open Phones: Your NYC Bucket List

Friday, April 13, 2012

The winning conversation topic from yesterday's vote is: What is on your New York City bucket list? What would you tell someone they "must" do before leaving the city? 

Comments [52]

Myrrhyl from S. Bronx

The Great Saunter around the perimeter of Manhattan (some or all of) May 5
Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Brooklyn Museum

Apr. 13 2012 03:45 PM
namey from nyc

love this segment. it's local and it's local people talking about city related stuff that isn't too "one - percenty".

Apr. 13 2012 03:40 PM
Adam Weiss from NYC

I love this! I've actually just started to build a website to share these types of tips!

Tomorrow I am ticking one off: walk from the Northern tip of Manhattan (Inwood Hill Park) to the Southern tip on Manhattan (Battery Park).

It should be amazing! If anyone want to join, shoot me an email at

Apr. 13 2012 03:15 PM

Explore Brooklyn's Bottle Beach, where 100 years of bottles and other interesting junk have washed up. Right off Flatbush ave, before the Gil Hodges bridge.

Apr. 13 2012 02:11 PM

Things I regret not having done before moving away:
- Go to a performance by Alvin Ailey Dance or some other top-notch NYC dance company.
- Put down the new(ish) $25 MOMA admission so you can see the new setup at least once.
- Pick some top-tier restaurant you've read about, and splurge.
- Go on one of those abandoned-subway-tunnel tours.
- Eat Russian food out in the Coney Island-area Russian neighborhood.
- Have one last drink/refreshment in the restaurant at the top of some tall building.
Things I did and loved:
- The Transit Museum in Brooklyn.
- Sneak into the pre-remodeled High Line and walk the length. OOPS! Too late for that one! :)
- Go to a Christie's or Sotheby's auction.
- Go on a Water Taxi trip (the cheaper commuter one).
- Check out Roosevelt Island.
- Get lost in Chinatown.

Apr. 13 2012 01:33 PM

Pier 40 Kayak in the Hudson
Bleecker Street markets: Ottomanelli, Faicco's, Murrays then head over to DiPalo's on Grand St.
Wave Hill - overlooking the Hudson, a special gem in the city
Aviary in Central Park Zoo

Apr. 13 2012 12:54 PM

Once you've moved -- remember that you can listen to WNYC online and pick up the podcasts at any time. Radio is so different around the country. I recently moved from NYC to Tennessee for family reasons but have been able to continue my WNYC radio habit which has definitely kept me sane while adjusting to my new life. Most profound change on leaving NY -- having to drive a car everywhere beacuse there is no other way to get around. I totally miss walking around just to do every day things -- not just for recreation.

Apr. 13 2012 11:58 AM
sandra from nyc

Sit in an Outdoor Restaurant or Cafe and just People Watch!!!

Apr. 13 2012 11:37 AM
Avra Mark from White Plains

For my bucket list, I would make a last visit to the Frick Museum to see the Piero della Francesca painting of a saint and then a last look at the Vermeers.

Apr. 13 2012 11:26 AM
Inquisigal from Brooklyn

Dinner at Liman in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.
If you like fresh-caught seafood, like Turkish
cuisine, and want to be far, far away from "hip" NYC
neighborhoods - and enjoy an affordable, tasty,
healthy meal amongst hearty Russians
and people hailing from Eastern Europe, go to
to Liman, then cruise Emmons Avenue after
dinner and take in the nightlife scene. Roll
N Roaster - a 1970's fast food joint - is also

Apr. 13 2012 11:14 AM
Howard from Carroll Gardens

Difara's pizza, Brooklyln. Best in the world. Really.
The Morgan home/museum. Unique.
Browse the galleries in SOHO. Museum quality works with no entry fee.
Grab a steamed lobster (picnic style) at Lobster Palace fish market, Chelsea Market, then go across the hall for a 'wicked' hot chocolate at Jaques Torres.
Ahhh... too many to mention, but that's a quick start.

Apr. 13 2012 11:11 AM
Jem from queens

Some absolute food musts:
Strawberry Cheese Pie at Junior's - the real Junior's on Flatbush in Bk.
Honey Dipped Fried Chicken at Amy Ruth's in Harlem
Shrimp Roti (with pepper and tamarind sauce) at Ali's Roti Shop on Fulton in Bk
Lobster Tail dinner at Del Frisco's in Midtown ($96 for a tail the size of your head!)
Fried Scallops at just about any spot on City Island
Bratwurst with sauerkraut & Czech Pilsner at Bohemian Beer Garden in Astoria

Apr. 13 2012 11:08 AM
Andrea from Philadelphia

I'm a native New Yorker but have moved around a lot for work. I agree with the person who said, "Walk." Also, eat as many varieties of ethnic food as you can.

More specifically:

--Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
--Take the Staten Island Ferry
--Take a walk around the Lower East Side, stop and visit the Tenement Museum, and grab something to eat at Katz's and/or Yonah Schimmel's
--If you're still here in the summer, go to a performance at Celebrate Brooklyn or Summerstage
--go to a movie at the Film Forum

Apr. 13 2012 11:07 AM

I left NYC in the early 90s and I treated myself to a performance of Wagner's Parsifal at the Met Opera House. Placido Domingo was starring. I bought a cheap seat and the opera is insanely long but it was extraordinary - so moving and to this day it was one of my greatest memories. And I'm not an opera fanatic but it was a pure NYC experience.

Apr. 13 2012 11:07 AM
Renee Recker from Manhattan

Metroplitan Museum of Art is my favorite. Walk and spread out in it huge galleries. A shelter when the weather isn't friendly. I recommend renting the audio tours to learn about odd pieces just for the fun of it - serendipity.

Apr. 13 2012 11:06 AM
Suzanne from Astoria, Queens

I'm leaving to get my PhD in Florida after 10 years in New York and have been working on checking off my bucket list. It's definitely bittersweet. I'm also trying to reconnect with old friends, go out more in general, enjoy live music and great food. Some items till to go:
-Walking or running the major bridges (I only have the GW and Manhattan Bridge left)
-Red Hook Ball Fields
-Gracie Mansion
-a show at Town Hall
-Louis Armstrong's house
-Planetarium show at AMNH
-Tenement Museum
-Daily Show taping

Apr. 13 2012 11:06 AM
shashinyc from Manhattan

Take the subway. Any subway. Every subway. To the end of the line. You will never in any other city be afforded the joys of people watching nor the diversity of population all crowded together in one rocking, speeding motorized vehicle. Were I to leave NYC (why leave? That's another BL segment!), the subway experience would be deeply missed.

Apr. 13 2012 11:05 AM
Michael In Brooklyn from Clinton Hill

Try a "Trini"(Trinidad) Roti from Ali's Roti shop on Fulton st and Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn. This certainly is an experience anyone interested in delicious, cheap ethnic foods should not miss before leaving NY. It certainly will be hard to experience this outside NY, which has the largest West Indian population in the US. A train to Nostrand Avenue. Ali's is located on the north side of the Fulton, westward.

Apr. 13 2012 11:03 AM

Ride The Cyclone, have a hot dog at Nathan's, and the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island!

Apr. 13 2012 11:01 AM
Saul from South Park Slope

If you're leaving new your you've got to check out Green Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. HAnds down my favorite place in the city!

Apr. 13 2012 11:01 AM

I am leaving on May 23rd after 40yrs. Before I go I will visit the Museum of Natural History & have one last ride on The Cyclone in Coney Island.

Apr. 13 2012 11:01 AM

stuff your face at Carmines

Apr. 13 2012 11:00 AM
christy from Far Far Away :(

He doesn't have to miss listening like you pointed out- we recently moved to Alberta and I'm listening now! :) Love you LL!

Apr. 13 2012 11:00 AM
Rene Calvo from Harlem

Paris Blues in Harlem. Any night of the week.

Apr. 13 2012 11:00 AM
josh from Queens Museum of Art


Apr. 13 2012 10:59 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

Most (not all) of the suggestions are somewhat to very expensive.... in general this is a very elitist group of suggesters, with lots of spare time and money... contrasts greatly with the previous segment of the car wash workers!

I wonder what their bucket list would consist of .... have a good lunch?

Apr. 13 2012 10:59 AM

I left NY 20 years ago and now live in NC. The things people should put on their bucket list:
Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
Visit the Statue of Liberty
Empire State Building
Visit Ground Zero
Bronx Zoo.

Apr. 13 2012 10:58 AM
Hilary from New York City

Shakespeare in the Park -- wait in line and everything. It's a great day!

Apr. 13 2012 10:58 AM
Anne Craig from Kew Gardens

Tram to Roosevelt Island
Kayak to Statue of Liberty
Bike Fort Tilden, part of the Gateway National Park System, with real sand dunes and trails and then hang on the beach

Apr. 13 2012 10:58 AM
Beth from Connecticut

Sylvia's brunch in Harlem

Apr. 13 2012 10:57 AM
Carrie from ATL

What's it like to leave New York? Sorry to be a bummer, but it was devastating. I was there for nine years before I left for a job opportunity in Atlanta in 2010. I thought I was ready to make the move, but it was (and remains) devastating. I cried for months, and felt like I lost my home, identity, everything. I'm still very homesick. There is no place like New York, and it is a real process of loss and grief to give it up, at least for me (as well as other people I know who left, too).

I take comfort in knowing it will always be a part of who I am, and nothing can change that. I plan to visit regularly as my budget allows. Good luck to the person getting ready to make their move - I hope the transition is smoother than mine.

I Heart NY!
(Brooklyn Girl in Atlanta)

Apr. 13 2012 10:57 AM
robert from uws

Walk across each of the bridges connecting Manhattan to the outside world.

Apr. 13 2012 10:57 AM
JC13 from brooklyn

Dead Horse Bay and Spa Castle!

Apr. 13 2012 10:57 AM
ernie from UWS

Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge towards Manhattan

Apr. 13 2012 10:56 AM
Linda from NJ

Ride The Cyclone at Coney Island!!! Have a hot dog at Nathan's!!!

Apr. 13 2012 10:56 AM
In in Inwood


Go see a show. No other city has the variety of theater that NYC does. Even if you have done it before. See another show. See a classic like Phantom of the Opera. See a new show, see Sleep No More ! at the Mckitrick hotel

Apr. 13 2012 10:56 AM
matt austin

A Hudson River "midnight" sail

Apr. 13 2012 10:55 AM

Grand Central Terminal
the original Shake Shack
St. John's Cathedral
The Strand
Union Square Farmer's Market
Ft. Tryon Park

Apr. 13 2012 10:55 AM

I remember when Paul Aaron, WKCR's wonderful "Ragtime Cowboy," decided to leave NYC to become a real ranch hand in Colorado. I asked what he was doing with his regulated UWS apt. He said, just giving it up. I said, no, don't do that, you have to hold on to it for at least 2 years, just in case. No, he said, I'm never coming back.

Within a year he called, asking if I knew of any available apts.

Apr. 13 2012 10:54 AM
Phyllis from Park Slope

L&B Spumoni Garden in Brooklyn...Oudoors, the best square pizza in the universe, on picnic tables!

Apr. 13 2012 10:54 AM
Marie from Manhattan

Evening lap swim in a public pool--love floating on my back in the Lakser pool in Central Park, staring up at the trees and the buildings. Amazing! And free!

Apr. 13 2012 10:53 AM

Walk the entire length of Broadway.

Polar Bear Plunge on Coney Island on New Year's Day. :)

Apr. 13 2012 10:53 AM

Lucky you!

Dinner at Per Se, Daniel, Le Bernardin with some one who has a lot of dough

Apr. 13 2012 10:53 AM
David from Brooklyn

Hit all the boroughs in one day - the famed Five Borough Blitz!!

Apr. 13 2012 10:53 AM
Beth from Connecticut

The Tenement Museum
Economy Candy

Apr. 13 2012 10:52 AM
Jay from Boston

Visit the NYC Panorama at the Queens Museum of Art.

Apr. 13 2012 10:51 AM
Jenna from UWS

You must try Trinidadian Doubles.

The "Picture Collection" at the 42nd street library is really great, check that out.

Apr. 13 2012 10:50 AM

1- city island
2- fort worth in SI

but, but why not just stay.

Apr. 13 2012 10:50 AM
Dorothy from Manhattan

I did that once -- left New York. It was the biggest mistake I ever made. I clawed my way back 5 years later, but it was tough both financially and psychologically. Therefore, if I were leaving the one thing I'd do is unpack my stuff and stay here. I'm serious.

Apr. 13 2012 10:50 AM

Just walk the streets. Nowhere else like it. One street after another, one scene after another, person after person, marvel after marvel.

Apr. 13 2012 10:49 AM
The Truth from Becky

Drive fast!!

Apr. 13 2012 10:47 AM

east river state park

Apr. 13 2012 10:09 AM

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