100 Things to Do in New York City Before You Die, 2nd Edition

100 Things to Do in New York City Before You Die, 2nd Edition

by Evelyn Kanter


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Even a frequent visitor to New York City can be overwhelmed by all of the memorable, delicious, and quirky treasures to discover in the greatest city on the planet. This insider guide helps everyone—from the first-timer to the seasoned local—cut through the clutter with 100 astounding adventures, off-beat treats, and historically significant must-see sites in all parts of the city. You’ll be inspired to get out and explore the city by paddling a kayak in the Hudson River or dancing outdoors under the stars in Lincoln Center. Attend Amateur Night at the Apollo, where stars including Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder launched their careers. Find your ancestors at Ellis Island and see the iconic Statue of Liberty in a whole new light. Need recommendations for where to dine? Eat your way around the world in Queens, or check out an unexpected delight such as a restaurant staffed entirely by grandmothers. Author, journalist, and lifelong New Yorker Evelyn Kanter’s love for her hometown shines through in every word of this indispensable collection. Her itineraries, tips, and insights will make 100 Things To Do in NYC the one guidebook everybody needs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681061788
Publisher: Reedy press, LLC.
Publication date: 05/01/2019
Series: 100 Things to Do Before You Die
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 649,629
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Evelyn Kanter is a native New Yorker with 30+ years experience as a journalist in her hometown, from being a news reporter on CBS Radio ABC Television to writing for top national publications including airline and travel magazines and local ones including the NYTimes, New York Magazine, New York Daily News and New York Post. Although she has traveled to some 100 countries, she always returns home to NYC, because there’s no place like home.

Table of Contents

Preface xii

Acknowledgments xv

Food and Drink

1 Go to the Original Shake Shack 2

2 Listen to the Piano Men at Bemelmans Bar 3

3 Hail the Food Halls 4

4 Indulge Your Cheesecake Craving at Junior's 6

5 Eat Dinner with Grandma at Enoteca Maria 7

6 Pass the Pickles at Katz's Delicatessen 8

7 Share a Story with O. Henry at Pete's Tavern 10

8 Sample Classic Dim Sum at Nom Wah Tea Parlor 12

9 Gimme a Slice of Ninety-Nine-Cent Pizza 13

10 See Broadway Stars at Sardi's 14

11 Find Your Seventh Heaven at the Queens Food Crawl 15

12 Make It Medium Rare at Peter Luger Steak House 16

13 Drink Some History at McSorley's Old Ale House 18

14 Eat Eastern European Soul Food at Veselka 19

15 Try Twenty-One Days of Prix Fixe: NYC Restaurant Week 20

16 Get the Royal Treatment at Jones Wood Foundry 22

17 Feel Like a Million at The Campbell 23

18 Mangia at the Feast of San Gennaro 24

19 Scream for Ice Cream at the Ample Hills' Red Hook Factory 26

20 Find Freshies at Union Square Greenmarket 27

21 Get a Kiss at the Chocolate Museum 28

22 Eat Great Italian on Arthur Avenue 29

23 Explore Restaurant Row: Forty-Sixth Street 30

24 Make Middle Eastern Magic at Sahadi's 31

25 Splurge on Fine French Dining at Le Bernardin 32

26 Have a Religious Experience at John's of Times Square 33

Music and Entertainment

27 Kick up a Storm at Radio City Music Hall 36

28 Be My Valentine at the Times Square Vow Renewal 37

29 Grab a Partner at Midsummer Night Swing 38

30 Indulge in Iambic Pentameter at Shakespeare Sonnet Slam 40

31 Pull Some Strings at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre 41

32 Celebrate the Silver Screen at the Tribeca Film Festival 42

33 Drag Yourself into Lips 43

34 Get Jazzed Up in Greenwich Village 44

35 Join the Audience at Late-Night TV Shows 46

36 Snag Cheap Curtains at 20at20 47

37 Laugh It Up at Upright Citizens Brigade 48

38 Find Free Performances at the Library for the Performing Arts 49

39 See Where Stars Are Born at Apollo Theater 50

40 Explore Carnegie Hall's Musical History at The Rose Museum 52

41 Pay $2.75 a Ticket for Music Under New York 53

42 Play It Again, Sam at Film Forum 54

43 See Superstars Perform at the Global Citizen Festival 55

44 Don't Rain on My Parade: Balloonfest 56

Sports and Recreation

45 Go Fish at SeaGlass Carousel 60

46 Roll on the River with Free Kayaking 62

47 Run Around at the NYC Marathon 63

48 Get Hooked with Sheepshead Bay Fishing Boats 64

49 Enjoy the One and Only Coney Island 66

50 Love It at the US Open 67

51 Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge 68

52 Set the Trend on the High Line 70

53 Puck Around at Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club 71

54 Skate at Wollman Rink 72

55 Play Ball with the A-Teams 74

56 Give a Salute to Governors Island 75

57 Take a Hike with Shorewalkers 76

58 Do the De-fin-itive Experience at the New York Aquarium 77

59 Get Out on the Town during NYC Fleet Week 78

Culture and History

60 See the Lady in the Harbor: The Statue of Liberty 82

61 Mourn at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum 84

62 Say Thank You, Mr. President at Federal Hall 86

63 Show Me the Money at the Federal Reserve Bank 87

64 Go Dutch at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum 88

65 See Small Screens and Big Stars at the Paley Center for Media 90

66 Get a Two-fer: The Brooklyn Museum and Botanic Garden 91

67 Explore a Millionaire Mansion at Wave Hill 92

68 Get to the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center 93

69 Hear American Stories at Immigrant Museums 94

70 Experience Native Pride at the National Museum of the American Indian 96

71 Improve Your Karma at the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art 97

72 Reflect on Slavery's History at the African Burial Ground National Monument 98

73 Gird Your Loins at the Cloisters 99

74 Where to See Hamilton 100

75 Peek at Priceless Books at the Morgan Library and Museum 102

76 Just Visit the Green-Wood Cemetery 103

77 Say Amen at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine 104

78 Stop Traffic during Manhattanhenge 105

79 Shout "Land, Ho!" at the Little Red Lighthouse 106

80 Take the Aerial Tram to Roosevelt Island 108

81 Look Up at the Skyscraper Museum 109

82 Design a Fashionable Experience at the Museum at FIT 110

83 Learn Your Times Tables at the National Museum of Math 111

84 Get Aboard the Holiday Nostalgia Train 112

85 Explore an Artistic Street Fair at the Museum Mile Festival 113

Shopping and Fashion

86 Get Lost in the Stacks at Strand Bookstore 116

87 Enjoy the Outdoors at Paragon Sporting Goods 118

88 Meander across Millionaire's Row: West Fifty-Seventh Street 119

89 Shop Danish Modern at Flying Tiger Copenhagen 120

90 Hunt for Bargains at Century 21 122

91 Build It at the Lego Store 123

92 Snag Designer Discounts at 260 Fifth Sample Sale 124

93 Head to Circuit City: The B&H Superstore 125

94 Wear It Again, Sam at Buffalo Exchange 126

95 Eat Breakfast at Tiffany's 127

96 Stroll along Fifth and Madison Avenues 128

97 Bet on Bargains at Pearl River Mart 129

98 Indulge Your Sweet Tooth at Economy Candy 130

99 Attend an Auction at Christie's 131

100 Take Your Medicine at C. O. Bigelow Pharmacy 132

Suggested Itineraries 134

Activities by Season 138

Index 139

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