In case you missed my announcement last week, I’m moving to London at the end of the year!
While I’ve always described my relationship with New York as love-hate, I’m going to be pretty sad when I leave at the end of December. I feel fortunate my final weeks in New York happen in the midst of fall and during the holiday season, two of my favorite times of the year to live here.
Now that my days in the big apple are numbered, I’ve started thinking about what I want to do and see before moving abroad.
Whether you live in New York, have plans to visit in the future, or won’t be leaving your hometown anytime soon, I hope my excitement to re-visit a few of my favorite places and check out things I haven’t seen or done yet inspires you to create your own travel or hometown to-do list. 🙂
The Goodbye NYC Tour
- Spend an afternoon in Astoria, day drinking at Bohemian Hall, lounging in the sunshine at the Gantry State Plaza, and eating some serious pizza and burrata noms at Milkflower
- Wander Brooklyn Heights and stroll the promenade (gorgeous city views and a well preserved slice of Brooklyn history)
- See a movie at the new Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn (dinner and a movie was one of my favorite things to do at this theatre chain when I lived in Texas, stoked it’s finally made its way to NYC)
- Do allll of the holiday things that make NYC so magical at this time of the year
- Sip cocktails at speakeasies and bars that’ve been on my list forever: Angel’s Share, Nitecap, Mother of Pearl, Employees Only, Blacktail, ROKC, b2, Leyenda, Dram, Donna & Clover Club
- Savor good eats at restaurants I’ve been dreaming about: Spot Dessert Bar, Panna II, Dirt Candy, DiFara, Amy Ruth’s, Maison Harlem, The Meatball Shop, Dizengoff, Russ & Daughters, The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, Freemans, Pies ‘n Thighs
- See the awesome architecture and design at the New York Public Library
- Check out museums I haven’t made it to yet, the Tenement Museum and The Whitney are at the top of my list
- Laugh hysterically at amateur night at the Apollo, and see at least one more show on Broadway
- Ogle the city skyline one last time at the Top of the Rock, and say hello to Lady Liberty up close
- Work up at sweat at Laughing Lotus yoga, Barry’s Bootcamp, Mile High and Monster Cycle
If you live in NYC or have ever been here on a trip, what would be on your “must do” list?