THE NYC “BUCKET LIST”

We’ve got a list of some of the “100 Things to Do in New York City Before You Die.” Have a pen and paper ready!

Aired on September 9, 2019. 

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> SHEER THOUGHT FOR YOU.

100 THINGS TO DO IN NEW YORK CITY BEFORE YOU DIE.

NOW, IF YOU THOUGHT YOU'D SEEN ALL THAT THE BIG APPLE HAS TO OFFER, YOU CAN GUESS AGAIN.

THIS POPULAR MUST-HAVE TRAVEL GUIDE OFFERS SOME OF THINGS EVEN JADED NEW YORKERS DIDN'T KNOW EXISTED, AND SHOULD MAKE SURE TO TRY IN AN EFFORT TO SCRATCH EACH OFF OF THEIR OWN BUCKET LIST.

HERE WITH SOME OF THE 100 THINGS TO DO IN NEW YORK CITY BEFORE YOU DIE IS AUTHOR EVELYN KANTOR.

EVELYN, NICE TO HAVE YOU HERE.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

LET'S START OFF WITH THE BOOK ITSELF, AND WHO IT'S ENDED FOR.

EVERYONE.

IS THIS JUST TOURISTS?

IT'S FOR NEW YORKERS WHO THINK THEY KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT NEW YORK.

AND SOMEHOW NEW YORKERS THINK THEY KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT EVERYTHING.

ALSO TOURISTS WHO THINK THEY KNOW EVERYTHING, AND FOR EVERYBODY IN BETWEEN.

I'VE LIVED HERE ALL MY LIFE, AND I'M STILL DISCOVERING PLACES ABOUT MY HOMETOWN.

HOW DID YOU MANAGE?

TALK ABOUT A TOUR.

HOW DID YOU MANAGE TO LIMIT IT TO 100 THINGS?

IT WASN'T EASY.

I ALREADY HAVE A LIST OF 50 THINGS FOR THE NEXT BOOK.

IT HAS TO BE A BALANCE.

IT CAN'T ALL BE MANHATTAN, WHICH WOULD BE TOURIST CENTRIC, AND IT CAN'T BE ALL IMPOSSIBLE TO GET TO BACK END OF THE OUTER WHAT -- WHAT ARE CALLED THE OUTER BOROUGHS.

ALTHOUGH THERE ARE WONDERFUL THINGS TO SEE IN BROOKLYN, QUEENSES MANHATTAN AND THE BRONX.

LOOK FOR THINGS TO DO.

START OFF WITH FOOD.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS YOU WOULD SAY TO PEOPLE THEY SHOULD FOCUS ON IF THEY HAVE A LIMITED PERIOD OF TIME?

NEW YORK CITY IS IDENTIFIED I THINK WITH JEWISH DELIS, CHINATOWN, WITH ITALIAN FOOD, LITTLE ITALY.

SO THOSE WOULD BE THE THINGS.

I LIKE TO SUGGEST TAKING THE NUMBER 7 TRAIN, WHICH IS PROBABLY THE MOST INTERNATIONAL SUBWAY IN THE WORLD BECAUSE IT STOP IS A DIFFERENT COMMUNITY.

SO THE GREEK COMMUNITY IS FOCUSED AROUND ASTORIA.

THE ELMHURST STOP IS A DIFFERENT COMMUNITY.

SO YOU COULD SPEND TEN WEEKENDS, TEN SATURDAYS, OR TEN SUNDAYS GOING TO ONE STOP EACH WEEKEND AND EXPLORING IT FOR THE RESTAURANTS THAT ARE THERE.

AND THEY'RE ALL FAMILY-OWNED RESTAURANTS.

THEY'RE ALL SMALL RESTAURANTS.

HOW ABOUT IN YOUR SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT CATEGORY?

LET'S TALK ABOUT THAT.

THERE IS THE SECONDARY TEAMS, THE BROOKLYN CYCLONES AND THE STATEN ISLAND YANKEES WHO ARE CALLED THE BABY BOMBER.

THE MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL.

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL.

AND YOU CAN GET TICKETS FOR 10 OR $15, AND YOU'RE SITTING UP CLOSE, AS THE SAYING GOES, UP CLOSE AND COMFORTABLE WITH THE PLAYERS.

AND IT'S A WONDERFUL FAMILY EXPERIENCE.

EVEN THE FOOD ISN'T AS COSTLY AS IT IS IN YANKEE STADIUM OR MET STADIUM.

ONE OF THE THINGS I THINK PEOPLE HAVE AS A PERCEPTION OF NEW YORK CITY THAT IT'S INCREDIBLY COSTLY, BUT YOU LOOK AT SOME THINGS IN YOUR BOOK THAT BASICALLY SAY TO PEOPLE, LOOK, YOU CAN DO THIS.

TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT.

THERE ARE FREE MUSEUMS IN NEW YORK CITY.

IF YOU'RE A NEW YORK CITY RESIDENT, YOU CAN GET TO THE MET, THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART FOR FREE.

IF YOU'RE NOT FROM NEW YORK CITY, YOU HAVE TO PAY AN ADMISSION FEE.

BUT THERE ARE A BUNCH OF FREE MUSICIANS.

MY FAVORITE IS THE ROSE MUSEUM WHICH PART OF CARNEGIE HALL.

IT'S FREE.

AND THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, WHICH WE KNOW IF IT WHICH IS THE HARVARD AND YALE OF THE FASHION INDUSTRY HAS A FREE MUSEUM.

THE EXHIBITS ROTATE.

IT MIGHT BE A COLOR.

THEY JUST FINISHED ONE ON THE COLOR PINK.

I KNOW THAT YOU HAD PREVIOUSLY TAKEN A LOOK AT SOME CALM AND PEACEFUL PLACES IN NEW YORK.

GIVE ME A SENSE OF SOME OF THOSE.

ALL OF THE PARKS.

EVERY ONE OF THE PARKS HAS HIKING TRAILS.

YOU CAN BE PART OF THE SCENE IN CENTRAL PARK WHERE THERE ARE CONCERTS AND EVENTS, BUT THERE ARE HIKING TRAILS IN CENTRAL PARK WHERE YOU'RE LITERALLY LOST.

YOU HAVE LOST THE SENSE OF BEING IN A BIG CITY.

THE ICE SKATING RINK IN CENTRAL PARK IS NOT AS CROWDED AS THE ONE IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER.

AND IF YOU GO TO THE ICE SKATING RINK IN THE NORTHERN END OF CENTRAL PARK, IT'S EVEN MORE QUIET.

IT'S CALLED 100 THINGS TO DO IN NEW YORK CITY BEFORE YOU DIE.

EVELYN KANTOR, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SPENDING TIME.

AND THERE IS MORE ON MY WEBSITE, NYC ON THE CHEAP.COM.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, EVELYN MENTIONED THE WEBSITE AND YOU CAN VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT METROFOCUS.ORG.

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