My New York Bucket List


With all of the focus on getting everything ready for the wedding, I kinda keep forgetting that we'll be jetting off to New York a few days after. Everytime I do remember though I get a jolt of excitement in my stomach - I can't believe we're merely weeks away from being back in our favourite city. This trip will be my fifth to New York, and our fourth time there together. We've ticked a lot of the big sights off now and have also worked our way through some of the best bars and eateries the city has to offer, but that doesn't mean that I don't have a lot on the itinerary for this visit. With a whole week there to explore, I'm hoping we should be able to squeeze lots in!

Here is my New York bucket list...

1) Visit Coney Island

This was actually on our list to do on our last trip, but with the excitement of the engagement and all the celebrating that went with it, we didn't manage to get ourselves there. I want to ride rollercoasters in the sunshine and relax on the beach and drink ALL the frozen margaritas!

2) Spend an evening at the rooftop cinema

The beauty of visiting New York in the summer is that the weather is so good, you never want to spend any time inside. Thankfully as New Yorkers think of everything, they just move all the fun stuff outside, and the cinema is no exception. I'm hoping to catch a movie at the Rooftop Cinema Club - a good film plus views of the city?! Win.

3) Celebrate the 4th of July

The way our trip has fallen means that we'll be in the city for Independence Day and I can't wait to enjoy all of the celebrations. We haven't quite decided what we're going to do yet, but I'm thinking that watching the infamous fireworks from Brooklyn Bridge Park with a Shake Shack takeout sounds like a pretty dreamy set up.

4) Go boating on the lake in Central Park

I know this one is slightly cheesy, but ever since I read Katie's post about her experience, I've been dying to do it! The view of the city from the lake looks like something out of a fairytale and if we had to stop and have lunch at The Boathouse afterwards then that wouldn't be too awful, would it?!

new york bucket list5) Watch a Broadway show

Despite having made quite a few trips to New York over the last few years, we still haven't managed to get ourselves to Broadway for a show yet. Sam isn't a huge fan of musicals so has always been reluctant, but I'm thinking that The Book of Mormon is probably one we can both enjoy. Let me know if you've seen it and would recommend!

6) Sunbathe at a rooftop pool

As we'll be flying out straight from our wedding pretty much, we'll probably need some relaxation time to recover from all of the stress and excitement! We're planning on buying a couple of day passes for a swanky hotel with a rooftop pool (there are quite a few across the city) and spending some time lounging in the sun with a cocktail in hand. Can't. Bloody. Wait.

7) Explore more of Brooklyn

We've stayed in both Williamsburg and Prospect Heights on previous trips and have spent quite a bit of time hanging out in DUMBO, but we have barely scratched the surface when you think about how big Brooklyn is! On our list to explore more of this time is Bushwick, Red Hook and Greenpoint. What's the betting I'll spend the whole time dreaming about owning my very own Brooklyn brownstone?

8) Eat loads of yummy food!

It's not a holiday without eating alllll the good food, right?! Sam and I have been keeping a list of all the places we want to eat at in a Google doc for a couple of months now and just looking at it makes me hungry! Top of our list is dinner at Marlow & Sons, pizza at Paulie Gees and ice cream from, well, everywhere. We'll also be heading back to Diner for their burger because it is the best I have ever tasted and no trip to New York is complete without one!

9) Toast our marriage at rooftop bars

Last but by certainly no means least is to spend a lot of time toasting our new marriage with bubbles at rooftop bars! If there's ever a time you can justify spending way too much money on a drink with a view, then it's your honeymoon, right?! We want to head back to The Ides at Hotel Wythe for a tipple (this is where we got engaged) as well as sipping something lovely at St. Cloud Social and Le Bain at The Standard.

Is there anything else you think we should put on our list? Any summer in the city recommendations would be fab!