2019 Resolution: Get Out More!

I had a whim today. Well, really, it was because I saw this Time Out New York article on my Facebook timeline: talkin’ bout the 50 places you should visit in New York City. I’ll get the waiting out of the way: I’ve been to 33/50 of them. Not bad! But honestly? After living in the city for ten years, I’d expect to have easily aced this test!

You know, I think we get into certain habits, certain ruts. There’s the places we visit again and again and again — the closest park, our favorite museum — and others we go our whole NY lives without ever setting foot in. Come on — who here has actually been inside the Chrysler Building? Or the Flatiron Building, for that matter? What the heck is inside these buildings? Is it like… offices?

Well, I guess I’m gonna find out, because on my whim, on my lark, I’ve decided that I should finally, in 2019, cross every single one of these landmarks off my list.


atop the Empire State Building, 2011

Empire State Building  I’ve been to the top in the freezing wind! Now if THAT ain’t devotion to the city, I dunno what IS!

Brooklyn Bridge  Obviously I have done this, and a few times at that! I used to work two jobs on either side of the bridge, and I’d walk from Brooklyn day job to Manhattan night job via the bridge, like a real COMMUTER!

Central Park  I can’t actually COUNT the number of times I’ve been to Central Park, but it’s gotta be in the hundreds. I’m absolutely there once a year on Dec. 8th, to sing John Lennon songs in the park.

Central Park, 2011

Statue of Liberty

One World Observatory

Temple of Dendur, 2018

The Metropolitan Museum of Art  um yeah, there was a period of time when I practically lived in the Met. CHECK!

Chrysler Building 

The High Line  is a mandatory side-trip anytime I need to go from Midtown West to Greenwich Village.

Theatre District  my work brings me to the Theatre District all the damn time, this was the easiest one to check off my list. I’m in the Theatre District on Theatre Business at least once a month. CHECK!

9/11 Memorial and Museum

in front of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, 2016

Rockefeller Center  Well, THIS is just a MUST in the holiday season! Been here quite a few times (not just for the tree, either!)

Grand Central Terminal  To you, it may be a “landmark,” but to ME, it’s a necessary port of transit (and, often, a guaranteed clean-enough public bathroom in Midtown East, when in need)

Prospect Park  I think I’ve only been here TWICE, but that counts enough!

at the Brooklyn Museum, in 2013

Brooklyn Museum  is one of my FAVORITE museums in the city, actually! I’m overdue for a return visit here to see the new exhibits and remodeled floors!

Whitney Museum

New York Historical Society

Bronx Zoo  been once!

in front of “We The People” by Dahn Vo at the Guggenheim, 2018

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  I was just here for the first time last year for the Dahn Vo exhibit! I loved this museum and I’m going to go again!

Times Square  honestly it’s gotta be hard to live in New York and NOT end up in Times Square at SOME point? But they say you never forget your first time

leading tours in Times Square, 2012

New York Botanic Garden  I went on Easter Sunday one year! Totally worth the trek, just be sure to get off at the correct stop…

Brooklyn Flea  is honestly, please don’t kick me out of the borough, kind of overrated? But I’ve been!

Flushing Meadows Park

Brookfield Place

Chelsea Market  I’ve been coming to Chelsea Market since the Anthropologie was a flower market. Before the tourists and the Food Network. Not quite as OG as the Nabisco factory, but almost.

Apollo Theatre

Smorgasburg  I’ve been maybe twice, when I lived in Greenpoint and close enough to walk to the waterfront location. While I enjoyed it enough, it was too crowded! I wouldn’t go back on purpose, honestly!

Brooklyn Heights & Brooklyn Promenade

Macy’s Herald Square  I’ve been for work, I’ve been for fun, I’ve been for clean bathrooms before my therapy appointment in the neighborhood. I’ve been TOO many times.

at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 2014

Brooklyn Botanic Garden  I have such a soft spot for this place. I remember coming here once on my own, right after it opened, just to walk around and take heavily filtered Instagram photos. Luckily for you, there’s a blog post about that!

Coney Island Cyclone  I memorably rode the Cyclone WITH MY DAD! And the safety bar hit me in the chest and knocked the wind out of me and that’s as much as I really remember. Then we stuck our feet in the sand and drank ciders at Beer Island. And caught a double-header baseball game of the Brooklyn Cyclones team. Fun day.

Cyclone 2011

Yankee Stadium  I’ve only been to one game at Yankee Stadium, but it was EPIC. The home team was losing badly in the seventh inning, prompting most of the fans to give up and leave, then they rallied and came back to win the game!! We all scream-sang along to “New York, New York” while leaving the stadium, it was beautiful!

American Museum of Natural History  as one of the finest “donation” museums in NYC, this is a great place to visit for *basically free* any damn time you want to. So believe me, I HAVE.

when a stranger asks to take my photo: Union Square, 2015

Union Square  one of my favorite hangouts when I first moved to the city. Home to the bathroom I MEAN the Barnes & Noble. Close proximity to a lot of work stuff, so I’ve been quite a few times. Best fresh market in the city.

Flatiron Building

Roosevelt Island tram, 2012

Roosevelt Island  I have faced my fears and taken the ride over the river to Roosevelt Island!

The Cloisters  well, seeing as how I used to live just a few blocks away from the Cloisters, I have been there quite a bit. The views are unbeatable in the fall! I really want to go back.

the Cloisters, 2011

Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum

at Lincoln Center, 2010

Lincoln Center  I’ve been through Lincoln Center countless times on account of I used to walk from my home in Harlem downtown and home from Midtown East. I love that area SO MUCH!

South Street Seaport  I was just down here the other day! They had a beautiful Christmas tree up, and I can’t remember the last time (which was probably the first time) I’d spent any time down there. It’s really cute! Scarily bougie, but I’d definitely take tourists there if the weather was warmer!

Museum of Modern Art  ahh, my favorite part of the NYCID was the free year of MoMA membership, when any spare time in Midtown was as good an excuse as any to drop in on the museum!

most recent visit to MoMA, 2018

Radio City Music Hall

Queens Museum

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

New York Public Library  my mom LOVES this place. I mean, BOTH of my parents worked in libraries growing up, and I’ve brought each of them here on separate occasions as tourists. I love their exhibits as well! Someday I aspire to actually catch the free museum tour!

MoMA PS1  no ifs, ands, or buts — this is MY FAVORITE museum in the WHOLE CITY! I am waaaay overdue for a visit here! If you’re spending more than a couple days in the city, this will give you a REAL sense of the town! And if you LIVE HERE, well, you MUST go, because it’s FREE!

Chinatown  another area I’m overdue to revisit. I love the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory!

Washington Square Park Arch  has a bittersweet history for me. I work in the park, so I’m there all the time, but I can’t look at the arch without remembering December 21st, 2010, when I was standing across from the arch when I got the call that my friend Aaron had passed away. I know some awful secrets about that arch, too, but if you wanna know the REAL story, you’ve gotta take the ghost tour!

Christmas 2017 in Washington Square Park!

Madame Tussauds

Madison Square Garden

Governor’s Island   I finally got around to this one just this year! I think this has to be the most recent “new adventure” to tick off the list. I would 100% insist that any New Yorker visit this beautiful island… within their first 10 years of living here, if not As Soon As Possible!! (and pack a picnic!)

Governor’s Island, 2018


3 responses to “2019 Resolution: Get Out More!”

  1. Peter Tarantelli Avatar
    Peter Tarantelli

    Nice tour around the City! I haven’t been to nearly as many as you but I’ve been to a few you haven’t! Looking forward to seeing you this year…really!

  2. Wow! So I can say that you need to add the NY Transit Museum (Brooklyn). I went last summer and it was actually pretty cool. The Cloisters are my list for this spring. I’ve been in the lobby of the Chrysler building… it’s all offices. I’m underneath MSG every day, does that count? I can’t believe you’ve never been to the Statue of Liberty. You need to fix that ASAP. Granted, once you’re on Liberty Island it’s really boring – you can barely see her since you know, you’re literally under her. Also, St. Pat’s…. how?! it is one damn beautiful church! It’s a few blocks from my office so in the summer I sometimes go just to sit because it’s so nice and cool inside. Madame Tussauds was cool but a complete tourist trap.

    1. I LOOOOOOVE THE TRANSIT MUSEUM! I’ve been twice! I think it’s SO underrated as one of the only young-child-friendly attractions in NYC! Now, I will say this is a list from Time Out. If *I* were making the list, it would be MUCH different (there’s a mammoth post upcoming about this actually) and I question A LOT of their choices like… I didn’t even *know* there were tourist attractions inside the Chrysler and Flatiron buildings? I thought they were just private offices? Now I’ve never been to St Pat’s and that’s a funny story: One time, I was with a friend who WANTED to go, and were WERE in the neighborhood BUUUUT I has a suitcase with me and I didn’t want them to search my suitcase because I had… I had… um… items of a sexual toy nature in my bag… and I didn’t want a church security guard to find them while checking through my bags to admit me into the premises soooooo….. I haven’t been back since!

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