NYC: To Do

This page was created as an answer to the emails and comments I’ve received. I honestly enjoy writing my responses to you, but I figured this might be a more efficient way to tackle the subject. With that said, here are few activities that float my boat:

• Coney Island: Riding the Cyclone and the Wonder Wheel is a must, at least once. The Mermaid Parade in June is truly a sight to behold. Here are some pics that Bob took back in 2010.


Ice skating at any one of these rinks in the winter.

• Lincoln Center Out of Doors concerts are free on summer weekends, as well as a slew of other free shows all around the five boroughs.

• Governors Island (seasonal only) – spend the day riding bikes or go dressed up to the Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party.

guvs island

• Shopping: I like thrift stores like Buffalo Exchange, Housing Works and Angel Street. The flea markets are great for old books, jewelry, art and random pieces. I love the Hell’s Kitchen flea market for its assortment of oddities and vintage goodies.

• Catch a comedy, burlesque or an off-off Broadway performance for the same price as a movie. You can find a lot of affordable shows downtown.

• Cross the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan to Brooklyn. Once over the bridge, wander Brooklyn Bridge Park,  get ice cream at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory or catch lunch or dinner at Vinegar Hill House (a bit of a walk away but very much worth it).


• Museums: Natural History and Moving Image are favorites. The Queens Museum is a worth a look too, especially if you’re averse to crowds and like something a little off the beaten path.

• Summer street fairs and food truck rallys are always fun, if a bit crowded. It pays to go early.

• Take a helicoptor ride over the city!



• If you’re a Friends fan, then you obviously have to see the famous apartment on the corner of Grove and Bedford. And then roam the West Village because it’s the loveliest.

• During the holidays, tour my old neighborhood Dyker Heights for the most over-the-top, extravagant Christmas lights home displays.



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