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“I want to wake up, in the city that doesn’t sleep.” – Frank Sinatra, New York City

A woman at Liberty State Park that faces New York City

New York City is truly the MOST fascinating city in the world and it is made for every single person on this planet.

Throughout my years of traveling, I have visited numerous cities worldwide and what is special about each of them is that they all have their own unique culture. BUT, there definitely is a reason why New York City is known as the greatest city in the world!

A woman in Grand Central Station in New York City
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

Now, I may be biased because New York is my actual home city, but how could you not be impressed with the most picturesque skyline, featuring state-of-the-art high-rises; skyscrapers and bridges that take you back to the Roaring 20’s; the melting pot of different cultures and the variety of exciting things to do?

People from all over the world travel to New York City every single day to experience the magic that it offers for everyone.

A woman enjoying the views of New York City at Top of the Rock

Whether you are spending your life, a month, a week, a weekend or just a day in New York City, here is a guide of 101 things you must experience.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like.

**I was also hosted on Intrepid Travel’s NYC Urban Adventures tour. The tour I participated in was Lonely Planet Experiences – Neighborhood Eats: Brownstone Brooklyn.


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101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

Getting to New York City:

A woman walking through Grand Central Station in New York City
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

New York City is a HUGE international hub, so you definitely won’t have trouble finding flights to and from the “Big Apple”. The three major airports in New York City are John F. Kennedy International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and Laguardia Airport. Through Skyscanner, you could find affordable prices to this amazing city!

Other ways to get to the Big Apple are by renting a car and driving and also through public transportation.

(Click here if you are planning to road trip around the United States and want to rent an RV.)

Where to Stay in New York City:

A woman enjoying fall foliage in Central Park
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

There are a plethora of different options for accommodations in New York City. There are hotels ranging from all budgets, Airbnbs and there are also hostels.

Some of the best areas to stay in are Midtown, Chelsea, Flatiron, the Lower East Side, FiDi (Financial District) and the Meatpacking District in Manhattan. I also recommend staying in Astoria, Queens; Williamsburg, Brooklyn; Dumbo, Brooklyn; Flatbush, Brooklyn; Bushwick, Brooklyn; Greenpoint, Brooklyn; Jersey City, NJ; Hoboken, NJ; Edgewater, NJ; Weehawken, NJ; Secaucus, NJ and Fort Lee, NJ.

Authentic Food in New York City:

A woman enjoying an egg cream at Brooklyn Farmacy

Since New York City offers a melting pot of different cultures, you’re going to want to try all of the best foods.

During a trip to New York, I highly recommend taking a food tour in Brooklyn. In my opinion and from my own personal experiences, Brooklyn offers the most authentic food in all of New York City. You could find everything from the best pizza to bagels as well as bakeries to super markets throughout Brooklyn.

A Margherita pizza from Table 87 in Brooklyn

One of the best foodie experiences in NYC is a Brooklyn Food Tour. During October 2020, I participated in Lonely Planet Experiences – Neighborhood Eats: Brownstone Brooklyn food tour with Intrepid Travel‘s NYC Urban Adventures. It was a fun and interactive group tour!

During this group tour, our guide Brian of Eat This New York, took us to eight different restaurants and cafés in the South Brooklyn and Cobble Hill area. Overall, the tour was informative, fun and delicious!

Below are the restaurants, cafés and bakeries we visited during our tour:

Bien Cuit: The first stop on our food tour was to Bien Cuit, which is a French bakery known for their well done breads.

During our time at Bien Cuit, we tried a piece of their baguette and it was wonderful! I would’ve loved to pair it with a warm soup (next time).

There are two Bien Cuit locations in Brooklyn.

One Girl Cookies in Brooklyn

One Girl Cookies: Our second stop on the food tour was to One Girl Cookies. This lovely bakery and cookie shop was started by a Sicilian girl.

The baked treats offered at One Girl Cookies are small and delicious. All of the cookies are also named after the women in the owner’s family. There are quite a few flavors to enjoy, but the three I tried were chocolate pistachio, chocolate chip and a shortbread cookie.

One Girl Cookies has three locations in Brooklyn.

Shelsky's Jewish deli of Brooklyn

Shelsky’s of Brooklyn: The third awesome place we visited on the Brownstone Brooklyn food tour was Shelsky’s, which is an appetizing Jewish deli.

This amazing place is known for their bagels, so we tried two pieces of a plain bagel with smoked salmon and whitefish salad.

Shelsky’s has two locations in Brooklyn.

Damascus Bakery of Brooklyn

Damascus Bread: A great Mediterranean bakery that we visited on our fourth stop was Damascus Bakery.

This amazing family-owned bakery has been in operation since 1930 and they offer so many delicious Mediterranean specialities like pita bread, baklava and more. During our stop at Damascus Bakery, we savored the delicious spinach pie.

There is only one Damascus Bakery location in Brooklyn.

Table 87: A Brooklyn food tour would not be complete without visiting a coal over pizzeria! The fifth stop on the NYC Urban Adventures food tour was at Table 87.

During our time here, we all had a delicious slice of Margherita pizza. It was absolutely amazing and I could see why they are known to be one of the best pizza spots in Brooklyn.

Table 87 has four locations in Brooklyn and you could even order their frozen pizza to make at home.

Court Pastry Shop: After tasting quite a few savory dishes, Brian took us through the beautiful Cobble Hill area of Brooklyn that features stunning brownstone buildings. He gave us an interesting history lesson and it was very nice to walk off a lot of the food we had just consumed.

For dessert, we stopped at Court Pastry Shop, which is a Sicilian bakery that is known for their pastries as well as biscotti. We got an almond biscotti and then went across the street to D’Amico Coffee. (There is only one Court Pastry Shop in Brooklyn.)

D’Amico Coffee: At D’Amico Coffee, we enjoyed our biscotti with their Red Hook blend, which is a mixture of three beans from Africa and South America. It is a smooth, dark brew with a slightly sweet finish.

Enjoying this cup of coffee with the almond biscotti from Court Pastry Shop was absolutely incredible!

D’Amico has two locations in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain

Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain: The last stop on our fun NYC Urban Adventures tour was to Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain.

This adorable local spot in Carroll Gardens opened in 2010, but it was once a 1920s apothecary store (pharmacy).

Neighbors were so excited when Brooklyn Farmacy opened because they were craving the old fashion countertop classics such as ice cream sundaes, ice cream sodas and ice cream floats.

During our time here, we had a delicious egg cream, which is a cold beverage that consists of milk, carbonated water and a flavored syrup. Myself and a few others enjoyed the chocolate flavor and a few people had the vanilla flavor. It was the perfect treat to end our food tour!

Brooklyn Farmacy has only one location.

101 Things to do in NYC:

A woman wandering through Central Park
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

Activities Year Round:

Times Square in New York City

1. Become amazed by the lights and attractions in Times Square.

2. Head to the top of the Empire State Building.

One World Trade Center in New York City

3. Visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

4. See up to four U.S. states at One World Observatory.

5. Catch the best views of New York City at Top of the Rock Observatory.

6. Go back in history at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Theater District in Manhattan, New York

7. Get tickets to see a Broadway play or musical; one of the top things New York is known for.

8. Enjoy a music recital at Carnegie Hall.

9. Experience the ballet at New York City Ballet or American Ballet Theater.

A woman on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City

10. Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge during both day and night time.

A neon pizza sign

11. Grab a slice of authentic New York pizza. I don’t have a favorite New York Pizza in NYC, but no matter where you go, you won’t be disappointed. If you want a classic, definitely try Lombardi’s Pizza (America’s First Pizzeria) in Little Italy or Joe’s Pizza, which is located throughout the entire city.

12. Get your Italian aperitivo and enjoy the seasonal decorations at Eataly’s rooftop bar, Birreria.

13. Dance the night away at one of the city’s best nightclubs and bars. My favorite areas to go out in NYC are the Meatpacking District, East Village or Lower East Side areas. Click here to uncover the best bars in New York City.

14. Shop through SoHo and admire the beautiful cast iron buildings.

A woman enjoying brunch in New York City

15. Have a lovely morning enjoying one of the many NYC brunch spots. Click here to discover the best brunch spots in New York City.

16. Visit the beautiful Lady Liberty (Statue of Liberty).

A woman at Madame Tussauds in New York City

17. Take photos of your favorite celebrities at Madame Tussaud’s – New York City’s celebrity wax museum.

18. Watch a jazz performance at Lincoln Center.

19. Be amazed at the American Museum of Natural History.

20. Learn about the history of Ellis Island.

A woman enjoying the beauty of Grand Central Station
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

21. Discover the beauty of Grand Central Terminal, NYC’s most beautiful train station.

22. Take in the peacefulness and beauty at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

A woman at an art installation in New York City

23. Enjoy many art installations at various NYC pop up stands.

A woman on a bridge in Central Park
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

24. Discover the beauty and hidden gems of Central Park.

A woman waiting for the subway in New York City
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

25. Learn how to navigate the New York City Subway. (Trust me, it will make your life easier.)

26. Visit the architectural wonder, the Vessel, at Hudson Yards.

A woman in front of The Vessel in Hudson Yards

27. Savor delicious beer at the Brooklyn Brewery.

Dumbo in Brooklyn

28. Take in the stunning views of the Brooklyn Bridge in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

29. Catch a concert at Madison Square Garden.

30. Rock out to a live performance or enjoy local musicians play in Brooklyn. A few years ago I saw Laura Marling perform at the Brooklyn Steel.

A woman doing yoga and wine tasting in New York City

31. Take a fitness class at one of New York City’s many unique fitness studios.

32. Indulge in the best Italian specialties on Arthur Avenue in The Bronx.

A family at Lucky Strike in New York

33. Have fun and get your bowling game on at Brooklyn Bowl (in Brooklyn) or Lucky Strike (in Manhattan).

34. Go stargazing at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

The New York City Public Library

35. Visit the New York City Public Library – the most beautiful library in the city.

36. Admire the architectural beauty at St. John the Divine; the United States’ largest cathedral.

A bookstore in New York

37. Read your way through Strand Bookstore.

38. Take in the talents at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa), Guggenheim Museum and Whitney Museum of American Art.

39. Get some laughs in at a comedy show.

A woman at the SNL museum

40. Be part of the late night show taping of SNL.

41. Enjoy high tea at The Plaza Hotel.

42. Savor a famous cronut at Dominique Ansel Bakery.

43. Take in the views of New York City at Hudson River Park.

44. Head into the residential East Village neighborhoods for boutique shopping, quaint coffee shops and more.

A woman in Freeman's Alley

45. Visit the adorable Freeman’s Alley, a hidden gem in NYC.

46. Eat your way through Hell’s Kitchen. My favorite foodie spot is Becco.

The Oculus in New York City

47. Shop your way through The Oculus.

A woman in front of a colorful mural in Bushwick, Brooklyn

48. See the talented street art in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

49. Experience NYC’s haunted scene by taking a ghost tour.

50. Sample your way and find some goodies at Chelsea Market.

51. Watch the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center or the New York Knicks and/or Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

52. Visit TimeOut Market in Brooklyn to check out all different types of food. (I also went to TimeOut Market in Lisbon.)

53. Unwind at the Russian and Turkish Baths.

54. Walk around the charming South Street Seaport.

A woman at a hidden spot in Central Park
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

55. See the Victorian mansions of the Historic District of Ditmas Park in Brooklyn.

Everything to Enjoy During the Holidays:

A woman in front of the Rockefeller Center tree in New York City

56. Head over to 6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on American Thanksgiving in late November.

Rockefeller Center in Manhattan

57. If you’re visiting NYC in early December, attend the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

58. Be awestruck by the magnificent Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center (once it is lit).

A Saks Fifth Avenue Christmas display

59. Window-shop and admire the magical holiday artwork and displays in the high-end department store windows along Fifth Avenue.

60. Watch the Saks Fifth Avenue Christmas Light Show.

61. Visit the peaceful Christmas tree at the New York Stock Exchange.

Four women at Rolf's in New York City

62. Pretend you’re at the German Christmas markets by visiting Rolf’s Bar & Restaurant.

A woman in front of Radio City Music Hall during Christmastime

63. Dance with the Rockette’s at The Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

64. Browse around the Union Square Holiday Market (or Farmer’s Market).

65. Take an Uber or subway ride to Dyker Heights in Brooklyn and admire all of their annual holiday decorations.

66. Visit the rooftop igloos and warm up with a hot alcoholic (or non alcoholic) beverage at 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar.

67. Bar crawl through Manhattan and raise money at the annual SantaCon.

68. See the stunning Christmas tree at Lotte New York Palace.

69. Walk around the Christmas markets at Bryant Park.

A woman ice skating in South Street Seaport

70. Ice skate at The Rink at Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park or Wollman Rink in Central Park. (The above photo was taken at the ice rink they had one year at South Street Seaport.)

Two women celebrating New Year's Eve in New York City

71. Ring in the New Year by watching the Swarovski crystal ball drop in Time’s Square or have fun at one of the many parties.

Chinatown in New York City

72. Enjoy the exciting celebrations on Chinese New Year in Chinatown.

Top Things to do During the Warmer Months:

73. Sip frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity 3, a local’s favorite.

A woman enjoying a drink on a rooftop in New York City

74. Enjoy a New York City happy hour. My favorite spots for happy hour with a view are City Vineyard, Loopy Doopy, 230 Fifth, Mr. Purple, Cloud Social, The Press Lounge, Pod 39 and more.

A woman walking through Tribeca in New York City

75. If you’re a movie lover, attend the Tribeca Film Festival.

The Highline in New York City

76. Take a stroll along The High Line and savor the views of the Hudson River.

77. Be Italian for the day at the annual Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy during September.

78. Cool off and enjoy a frozen happy hour at Tipsy Scoop – New York City’s first ice cream “barlour”.

A woman taking a stroll in Central Park
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

79. Take a nap, read a book or catch up with a friend at New York City’s other beautiful parks: Bryant Park, Madison Square Park, Washington Square Park, Battery Park or Prospect Park.

80. Walk through a floral wonderland at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

81. Become a foodie at Smorgasburg in Brooklyn – the largest open-air food market in America.

Stringed lights on Stone Street in the Financial District of New York City

82. Enjoy laughs and good times under the stringed lights of Stone Street in the Financial District.

A ball game in New York City

83. Watch a Yankee Game at Yankee Stadium or a Mets game at Citi Field.

A spaghetti and lobster dinner

84. Participate in New York City Restaurant Week during the month of July, or just enjoy all of the amazing restaurants NYC has to offer. Click here to discover the best New York City restaurants.

85. Pretend you’re on a pirate ship at The Frying Pan.

A Ferris Wheel in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York

86. Go to New York City’s famous beach and boardwalk – Coney Island in Brooklyn.

A woman walking through a forested path in Central Park
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

87. Say hello to your favorite animals at the Bronx Zoo.

The Flatiron building in New York City

88. Grab Shake Shack (a NYC classic) and enjoy the views of the Flatiron Building from Madison Square Park.

89. Eat at “Instagrammable” locations such as Pizza Beach, Souvlaki GR and more.

90. If you’re looking for something “extra”, enjoy a Black Tap milkshake.

A woman enjoying New York Fashion Week

91. Attend New York City Fashion Week during the month of September.

92. Discover the future of plants at Greenery Unlimited in Brooklyn.

93. If you love sculptures, visit the Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City.

Two women doing yoga at Wanderlust in Brooklyn

94. For all yogis out there, attend Wanderlust festival at Prospect Park in Brooklyn every September.

95. Make your childhood come back to life by having fun at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar where there is a bar, carousel and more.

A woman sipping a cocktail

96. Enjoy the tropical Tulum-inspired oasis at Gitano.

97. Sip on local wines at Red Hook Winery, one of NYC’s best urban wineries.

98. Ride the aerial tram to Roosevelt Island.

99. Test your golfing skills at Chelsea Piers.

100. Attend an event on Governor’s Island.

New York City skyline at night

101. Enjoy the dreamy views of Manhattan by taking a cruise along the East River and Hudson River.


A woman wandering through Central Park in New York City
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

I hope you all enjoyed discovering my top 101 things to do in New York City. Overall, the adventures here are unlimited and there is so much to do even outside of the Big Apple in New York State and New Jersey.

A woman enjoying the beauty in Central Park in New York City
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

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8 Comments

  1. Courtney on November 20, 2019 at 11:08 am

    This is so fun Taylor! I grew up in NY and haven’t done half of these things. I need to get back and check all these off my list 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on November 20, 2019 at 11:15 am

      Thank you Courtney! Yes, I try to do something new every time I go into the city. 🙂

  2. Vonni on November 21, 2019 at 5:14 am

    I’m always looking for things to do in the city. It’s hard to think sometimes; thanks for such great suggestions. Pictures by Carlo are awesome

    • Taylor Deer on November 26, 2019 at 9:08 pm

      Thank you so much Vonni! The adventures in NYC are endless! 🙂

  3. Aswani Kurra on November 25, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Such an awesome and exhaustive list Taylor! loved it!

    • Taylor Deer on November 26, 2019 at 9:09 pm

      Thank you so much Aswani! 🙂

  4. Brittany Jane on November 25, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Sooo many good things to do in NYC, Taylor! Loved all your throwbacks too, hehe.

    • Taylor Deer on November 26, 2019 at 9:09 pm

      Ah thank you Bri! The adventures here are endless! 🙂

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Taylor-NYC10

“I want to wake up, in the city that doesn’t sleep.” – Frank Sinatra, New York City

A woman at Liberty State Park that faces New York City

New York City is truly the MOST fascinating city in the world and it is made for every single person on this planet.

Throughout my years of traveling, I have visited numerous cities worldwide and what is special about each of them is that they all have their own unique culture. BUT, there definitely is a reason why New York City is known as the greatest city in the world!

A woman in Grand Central Station in New York City
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

Now, I may be biased because New York is my actual home city, but how could you not be impressed with the most picturesque skyline, featuring state-of-the-art high-rises; skyscrapers and bridges that take you back to the Roaring 20’s; the melting pot of different cultures and the variety of exciting things to do?

People from all over the world travel to New York City every single day to experience the magic that it offers for everyone.

A woman enjoying the views of New York City at Top of the Rock

Whether you are spending your life, a month, a week, a weekend or just a day in New York City, here is a guide of 101 things you must experience.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like.

**I was also hosted on Intrepid Travel’s NYC Urban Adventures tour. The tour I participated in was Lonely Planet Experiences – Neighborhood Eats: Brownstone Brooklyn.


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101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

Getting to New York City:

A woman walking through Grand Central Station in New York City
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

New York City is a HUGE international hub, so you definitely won’t have trouble finding flights to and from the “Big Apple”. The three major airports in New York City are John F. Kennedy International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and Laguardia Airport. Through Skyscanner, you could find affordable prices to this amazing city!

Other ways to get to the Big Apple are by renting a car and driving and also through public transportation.

(Click here if you are planning to road trip around the United States and want to rent an RV.)

Where to Stay in New York City:

A woman enjoying fall foliage in Central Park
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

There are a plethora of different options for accommodations in New York City. There are hotels ranging from all budgets, Airbnbs and there are also hostels.

Some of the best areas to stay in are Midtown, Chelsea, Flatiron, the Lower East Side, FiDi (Financial District) and the Meatpacking District in Manhattan. I also recommend staying in Astoria, Queens; Williamsburg, Brooklyn; Dumbo, Brooklyn; Flatbush, Brooklyn; Bushwick, Brooklyn; Greenpoint, Brooklyn; Jersey City, NJ; Hoboken, NJ; Edgewater, NJ; Weehawken, NJ; Secaucus, NJ and Fort Lee, NJ.

Authentic Food in New York City:

A woman enjoying an egg cream at Brooklyn Farmacy

Since New York City offers a melting pot of different cultures, you’re going to want to try all of the best foods.

During a trip to New York, I highly recommend taking a food tour in Brooklyn. In my opinion and from my own personal experiences, Brooklyn offers the most authentic food in all of New York City. You could find everything from the best pizza to bagels as well as bakeries to super markets throughout Brooklyn.

A Margherita pizza from Table 87 in Brooklyn

One of the best foodie experiences in NYC is a Brooklyn Food Tour. During October 2020, I participated in Lonely Planet Experiences – Neighborhood Eats: Brownstone Brooklyn food tour with Intrepid Travel‘s NYC Urban Adventures. It was a fun and interactive group tour!

During this group tour, our guide Brian of Eat This New York, took us to eight different restaurants and cafés in the South Brooklyn and Cobble Hill area. Overall, the tour was informative, fun and delicious!

Below are the restaurants, cafés and bakeries we visited during our tour:

Bien Cuit: The first stop on our food tour was to Bien Cuit, which is a French bakery known for their well done breads.

During our time at Bien Cuit, we tried a piece of their baguette and it was wonderful! I would’ve loved to pair it with a warm soup (next time).

There are two Bien Cuit locations in Brooklyn.

One Girl Cookies in Brooklyn

One Girl Cookies: Our second stop on the food tour was to One Girl Cookies. This lovely bakery and cookie shop was started by a Sicilian girl.

The baked treats offered at One Girl Cookies are small and delicious. All of the cookies are also named after the women in the owner’s family. There are quite a few flavors to enjoy, but the three I tried were chocolate pistachio, chocolate chip and a shortbread cookie.

One Girl Cookies has three locations in Brooklyn.

Shelsky's Jewish deli of Brooklyn

Shelsky’s of Brooklyn: The third awesome place we visited on the Brownstone Brooklyn food tour was Shelsky’s, which is an appetizing Jewish deli.

This amazing place is known for their bagels, so we tried two pieces of a plain bagel with smoked salmon and whitefish salad.

Shelsky’s has two locations in Brooklyn.

Damascus Bakery of Brooklyn

Damascus Bread: A great Mediterranean bakery that we visited on our fourth stop was Damascus Bakery.

This amazing family-owned bakery has been in operation since 1930 and they offer so many delicious Mediterranean specialities like pita bread, baklava and more. During our stop at Damascus Bakery, we savored the delicious spinach pie.

There is only one Damascus Bakery location in Brooklyn.

Table 87: A Brooklyn food tour would not be complete without visiting a coal over pizzeria! The fifth stop on the NYC Urban Adventures food tour was at Table 87.

During our time here, we all had a delicious slice of Margherita pizza. It was absolutely amazing and I could see why they are known to be one of the best pizza spots in Brooklyn.

Table 87 has four locations in Brooklyn and you could even order their frozen pizza to make at home.

Court Pastry Shop: After tasting quite a few savory dishes, Brian took us through the beautiful Cobble Hill area of Brooklyn that features stunning brownstone buildings. He gave us an interesting history lesson and it was very nice to walk off a lot of the food we had just consumed.

For dessert, we stopped at Court Pastry Shop, which is a Sicilian bakery that is known for their pastries as well as biscotti. We got an almond biscotti and then went across the street to D’Amico Coffee. (There is only one Court Pastry Shop in Brooklyn.)

D’Amico Coffee: At D’Amico Coffee, we enjoyed our biscotti with their Red Hook blend, which is a mixture of three beans from Africa and South America. It is a smooth, dark brew with a slightly sweet finish.

Enjoying this cup of coffee with the almond biscotti from Court Pastry Shop was absolutely incredible!

D’Amico has two locations in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain

Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain: The last stop on our fun NYC Urban Adventures tour was to Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain.

This adorable local spot in Carroll Gardens opened in 2010, but it was once a 1920s apothecary store (pharmacy).

Neighbors were so excited when Brooklyn Farmacy opened because they were craving the old fashion countertop classics such as ice cream sundaes, ice cream sodas and ice cream floats.

During our time here, we had a delicious egg cream, which is a cold beverage that consists of milk, carbonated water and a flavored syrup. Myself and a few others enjoyed the chocolate flavor and a few people had the vanilla flavor. It was the perfect treat to end our food tour!

Brooklyn Farmacy has only one location.

101 Things to do in NYC:

A woman wandering through Central Park
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

Activities Year Round:

Times Square in New York City

1. Become amazed by the lights and attractions in Times Square.

2. Head to the top of the Empire State Building.

One World Trade Center in New York City

3. Visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

4. See up to four U.S. states at One World Observatory.

5. Catch the best views of New York City at Top of the Rock Observatory.

6. Go back in history at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Theater District in Manhattan, New York

7. Get tickets to see a Broadway play or musical; one of the top things New York is known for.

8. Enjoy a music recital at Carnegie Hall.

9. Experience the ballet at New York City Ballet or American Ballet Theater.

A woman on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City

10. Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge during both day and night time.

A neon pizza sign

11. Grab a slice of authentic New York pizza. I don’t have a favorite New York Pizza in NYC, but no matter where you go, you won’t be disappointed. If you want a classic, definitely try Lombardi’s Pizza (America’s First Pizzeria) in Little Italy or Joe’s Pizza, which is located throughout the entire city.

12. Get your Italian aperitivo and enjoy the seasonal decorations at Eataly’s rooftop bar, Birreria.

13. Dance the night away at one of the city’s best nightclubs and bars. My favorite areas to go out in NYC are the Meatpacking District, East Village or Lower East Side areas. Click here to uncover the best bars in New York City.

14. Shop through SoHo and admire the beautiful cast iron buildings.

A woman enjoying brunch in New York City

15. Have a lovely morning enjoying one of the many NYC brunch spots. Click here to discover the best brunch spots in New York City.

16. Visit the beautiful Lady Liberty (Statue of Liberty).

A woman at Madame Tussauds in New York City

17. Take photos of your favorite celebrities at Madame Tussaud’s – New York City’s celebrity wax museum.

18. Watch a jazz performance at Lincoln Center.

19. Be amazed at the American Museum of Natural History.

20. Learn about the history of Ellis Island.

A woman enjoying the beauty of Grand Central Station
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

21. Discover the beauty of Grand Central Terminal, NYC’s most beautiful train station.

22. Take in the peacefulness and beauty at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

A woman at an art installation in New York City

23. Enjoy many art installations at various NYC pop up stands.

A woman on a bridge in Central Park
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

24. Discover the beauty and hidden gems of Central Park.

A woman waiting for the subway in New York City
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

25. Learn how to navigate the New York City Subway. (Trust me, it will make your life easier.)

26. Visit the architectural wonder, the Vessel, at Hudson Yards.

A woman in front of The Vessel in Hudson Yards

27. Savor delicious beer at the Brooklyn Brewery.

Dumbo in Brooklyn

28. Take in the stunning views of the Brooklyn Bridge in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

29. Catch a concert at Madison Square Garden.

30. Rock out to a live performance or enjoy local musicians play in Brooklyn. A few years ago I saw Laura Marling perform at the Brooklyn Steel.

A woman doing yoga and wine tasting in New York City

31. Take a fitness class at one of New York City’s many unique fitness studios.

32. Indulge in the best Italian specialties on Arthur Avenue in The Bronx.

A family at Lucky Strike in New York

33. Have fun and get your bowling game on at Brooklyn Bowl (in Brooklyn) or Lucky Strike (in Manhattan).

34. Go stargazing at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

The New York City Public Library

35. Visit the New York City Public Library – the most beautiful library in the city.

36. Admire the architectural beauty at St. John the Divine; the United States’ largest cathedral.

A bookstore in New York

37. Read your way through Strand Bookstore.

38. Take in the talents at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa), Guggenheim Museum and Whitney Museum of American Art.

39. Get some laughs in at a comedy show.

A woman at the SNL museum

40. Be part of the late night show taping of SNL.

41. Enjoy high tea at The Plaza Hotel.

42. Savor a famous cronut at Dominique Ansel Bakery.

43. Take in the views of New York City at Hudson River Park.

44. Head into the residential East Village neighborhoods for boutique shopping, quaint coffee shops and more.

A woman in Freeman's Alley

45. Visit the adorable Freeman’s Alley, a hidden gem in NYC.

46. Eat your way through Hell’s Kitchen. My favorite foodie spot is Becco.

The Oculus in New York City

47. Shop your way through The Oculus.

A woman in front of a colorful mural in Bushwick, Brooklyn

48. See the talented street art in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

49. Experience NYC’s haunted scene by taking a ghost tour.

50. Sample your way and find some goodies at Chelsea Market.

51. Watch the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center or the New York Knicks and/or Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

52. Visit TimeOut Market in Brooklyn to check out all different types of food. (I also went to TimeOut Market in Lisbon.)

53. Unwind at the Russian and Turkish Baths.

54. Walk around the charming South Street Seaport.

A woman at a hidden spot in Central Park
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

55. See the Victorian mansions of the Historic District of Ditmas Park in Brooklyn.

Everything to Enjoy During the Holidays:

A woman in front of the Rockefeller Center tree in New York City

56. Head over to 6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on American Thanksgiving in late November.

Rockefeller Center in Manhattan

57. If you’re visiting NYC in early December, attend the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

58. Be awestruck by the magnificent Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center (once it is lit).

A Saks Fifth Avenue Christmas display

59. Window-shop and admire the magical holiday artwork and displays in the high-end department store windows along Fifth Avenue.

60. Watch the Saks Fifth Avenue Christmas Light Show.

61. Visit the peaceful Christmas tree at the New York Stock Exchange.

Four women at Rolf's in New York City

62. Pretend you’re at the German Christmas markets by visiting Rolf’s Bar & Restaurant.

A woman in front of Radio City Music Hall during Christmastime

63. Dance with the Rockette’s at The Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

64. Browse around the Union Square Holiday Market (or Farmer’s Market).

65. Take an Uber or subway ride to Dyker Heights in Brooklyn and admire all of their annual holiday decorations.

66. Visit the rooftop igloos and warm up with a hot alcoholic (or non alcoholic) beverage at 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar.

67. Bar crawl through Manhattan and raise money at the annual SantaCon.

68. See the stunning Christmas tree at Lotte New York Palace.

69. Walk around the Christmas markets at Bryant Park.

A woman ice skating in South Street Seaport

70. Ice skate at The Rink at Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park or Wollman Rink in Central Park. (The above photo was taken at the ice rink they had one year at South Street Seaport.)

Two women celebrating New Year's Eve in New York City

71. Ring in the New Year by watching the Swarovski crystal ball drop in Time’s Square or have fun at one of the many parties.

Chinatown in New York City

72. Enjoy the exciting celebrations on Chinese New Year in Chinatown.

Top Things to do During the Warmer Months:

73. Sip frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity 3, a local’s favorite.

A woman enjoying a drink on a rooftop in New York City

74. Enjoy a New York City happy hour. My favorite spots for happy hour with a view are City Vineyard, Loopy Doopy, 230 Fifth, Mr. Purple, Cloud Social, The Press Lounge, Pod 39 and more.

A woman walking through Tribeca in New York City

75. If you’re a movie lover, attend the Tribeca Film Festival.

The Highline in New York City

76. Take a stroll along The High Line and savor the views of the Hudson River.

77. Be Italian for the day at the annual Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy during September.

78. Cool off and enjoy a frozen happy hour at Tipsy Scoop – New York City’s first ice cream “barlour”.

A woman taking a stroll in Central Park
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

79. Take a nap, read a book or catch up with a friend at New York City’s other beautiful parks: Bryant Park, Madison Square Park, Washington Square Park, Battery Park or Prospect Park.

80. Walk through a floral wonderland at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

81. Become a foodie at Smorgasburg in Brooklyn – the largest open-air food market in America.

Stringed lights on Stone Street in the Financial District of New York City

82. Enjoy laughs and good times under the stringed lights of Stone Street in the Financial District.

A ball game in New York City

83. Watch a Yankee Game at Yankee Stadium or a Mets game at Citi Field.

A spaghetti and lobster dinner

84. Participate in New York City Restaurant Week during the month of July, or just enjoy all of the amazing restaurants NYC has to offer. Click here to discover the best New York City restaurants.

85. Pretend you’re on a pirate ship at The Frying Pan.

A Ferris Wheel in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York

86. Go to New York City’s famous beach and boardwalk – Coney Island in Brooklyn.

A woman walking through a forested path in Central Park
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

87. Say hello to your favorite animals at the Bronx Zoo.

The Flatiron building in New York City

88. Grab Shake Shack (a NYC classic) and enjoy the views of the Flatiron Building from Madison Square Park.

89. Eat at “Instagrammable” locations such as Pizza Beach, Souvlaki GR and more.

90. If you’re looking for something “extra”, enjoy a Black Tap milkshake.

A woman enjoying New York Fashion Week

91. Attend New York City Fashion Week during the month of September.

92. Discover the future of plants at Greenery Unlimited in Brooklyn.

93. If you love sculptures, visit the Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City.

Two women doing yoga at Wanderlust in Brooklyn

94. For all yogis out there, attend Wanderlust festival at Prospect Park in Brooklyn every September.

95. Make your childhood come back to life by having fun at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar where there is a bar, carousel and more.

A woman sipping a cocktail

96. Enjoy the tropical Tulum-inspired oasis at Gitano.

97. Sip on local wines at Red Hook Winery, one of NYC’s best urban wineries.

98. Ride the aerial tram to Roosevelt Island.

99. Test your golfing skills at Chelsea Piers.

100. Attend an event on Governor’s Island.

New York City skyline at night

101. Enjoy the dreamy views of Manhattan by taking a cruise along the East River and Hudson River.


A woman wandering through Central Park in New York City
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

I hope you all enjoyed discovering my top 101 things to do in New York City. Overall, the adventures here are unlimited and there is so much to do even outside of the Big Apple in New York State and New Jersey.

A woman enjoying the beauty in Central Park in New York City
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

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8 Comments

  1. Courtney on November 20, 2019 at 11:08 am

    This is so fun Taylor! I grew up in NY and haven’t done half of these things. I need to get back and check all these off my list 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on November 20, 2019 at 11:15 am

      Thank you Courtney! Yes, I try to do something new every time I go into the city. 🙂

  2. Vonni on November 21, 2019 at 5:14 am

    I’m always looking for things to do in the city. It’s hard to think sometimes; thanks for such great suggestions. Pictures by Carlo are awesome

    • Taylor Deer on November 26, 2019 at 9:08 pm

      Thank you so much Vonni! The adventures in NYC are endless! 🙂

  3. Aswani Kurra on November 25, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Such an awesome and exhaustive list Taylor! loved it!

    • Taylor Deer on November 26, 2019 at 9:09 pm

      Thank you so much Aswani! 🙂

  4. Brittany Jane on November 25, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Sooo many good things to do in NYC, Taylor! Loved all your throwbacks too, hehe.

    • Taylor Deer on November 26, 2019 at 9:09 pm

      Ah thank you Bri! The adventures here are endless! 🙂

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