February 5, 2013

Being a Tourist in My Own City

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I have lived in the New York metropolitan area for nearly 30 years. While I have seen many of the museums and cultural attractions in New York,  there are many other things that I have missed. Confession time - I have never been to the top of the Empire State Building, to the Statue of Liberty or to Ellis Island. 

Photo of Brooklyn Heights via Fotopedia
It occured to me when writing yesterday about Grand Central Station that I commuted through there twice a day for five years, but never really stopped to take in my surroundings (granted, back then Grand Central wasn't the treasure that it is today - the ceiling had not been restored and the food halls didn't exist). I lived in Brooklyn for two years when I was right out of college (before it became insanely popular) but I was too busy working to enjoy the history and beauty of where I was living.
Recently, I was reading a blog that is written by someone who lives in England - she was talking about how much she would love to visit New York. It hit me that I live right outside one of the greatest cities in the world, yet I seem to spend a lot of my time thinking about the other cities around the world where I would like to visit.
I think it's time to be a tourist in my own city.

Above photos via Fotopedia

Here are a few of the things on my NYC "bucket list":

Go back to Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope to rediscover my old neighborhoods.
Take more Context Walking Tours such as this one of the Lower East Side.
Go to the top of the Empire State Building at night.
See the 9/11 Memorial.

Take the Roosevelt Island Tram and visit Four Freedoms Park.
Visit the Food Halls at the Plaza Hotel.

Discover charming neighborhoods such as this one or this one.
Spend a Saturday doing One Day University.

Go to see lectures at the 92nd Street Y.

Take a cooking class at Eataly.
Take a class at Murray's Cheese.

Any other suggestions? Anyone want to join in?


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

My husband is from the Bronx and we lived in Boston, so we hopped on the train one fine day and went into NYC to scope out Columbia University for a possible graduate program. We only had about three days so needless to say, we were unable to enjoy all that there is to do! But I discovered OLLIES, a fantastic soup restaurant right across from the campus. Oh to go back one day!


Nancy said...

This is so cute. It took a trip to Paris for me to appreciate my Washington DC city so much more..and it's just 45 mins. from me. Ive lived here my whole life and finally GET how chock full of style, culture, beauty, etc. it is. Love your bucket list. Ive only been to NYC 2x and yearn for more. I want to go to ABC Home and all the decor stores next.
xo Nancy

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...


First thank you so much for your kind comments, they are always appreciated and even more so this week.

Second, this is a great post! I love to be a tourist in my own city, as well as my home town. There are always wonderful hidden gems.

NY is one of my favorite places to visit! So many great restaurants, museums, sights.

Have a wonderful day.

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My Crafty Home Life said...

I will take a cooking class with you at Eataly. I didn't know they had classes. My neighbor's son works there.

The enchanted home said...

I am totally bookmarking this. I think about this often, normally its not until i have guests from out of town visiting when i realize how amazing this place is!! We need to take advantage of our own communities....shouldn't there be a national holiday for this!!

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Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning dear Sandy! Thank you for coming to visit my post; the time you are spending with your mother is THE MOST PRECIOUS TIME, isn't it? Have a wonderful TIME!! Anita

miss b said...

It's true that we often take for granted some of the places in our own neighbourhood. This is an excellent guide - always better to go on recommendations from a local! I shall make a note of these hidden gems - thank you.

pve design said...

A very dear friend came yesterday for a visit and lunch and she gave me the most wonderful book - "the stylist's guide to NYC" - Sibella court.
I know you would love it....it comes with a list, a map and wonderful photos for adventurous ideas of places to go.
Love to meet up in NYC!

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

I love being a tourist in my town also. Its a great way to continue to fall back in love with where you live...

And how lucky for you to have NYC as your town to fall in love with over and over again,

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