From finding the perfect apartment to navigating the subway system for the first time, a move to NYC can be stressful. It’s time to remind yourself why you came to the city in the first place. Here are 10 things every New Yorker must do after moving to the city.
1. Eat a Hot Dog on a Street Corner
NYC is a city filled with some of the world’s best restaurants. If you can’t snag a table at Per Se, though, you can take comfort knowing that some of the city’s best-loved food can be found at every street corner. Hot dogs, or “dirty water dogs,” are an NYC staple. Don’t be afraid of the dirty looking water. It’s not actually filled with anything unsavory; it’s just a medley of seasonings.
2. Go to Coney Island
No one can call themselves a New Yorker if they haven’t taken a ride on the Coney Island Wonder Wheel. Take a trip to this storied beachside area and take in the sights.
3. Go to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Even the most devoted New York resident wouldn’t compliment the city on its aroma. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan and head to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where you can stop and smell the roses or the cherry blossoms.
4. See a Broadway Show
Even if musical theater isn’t your thing, Broadway is an NYC institution. Select a long-running show like Wicked or Chicago, or try to snag tickets for the ultra-popular Hamilton. You might just have beginner’s luck!
5. Explore Central Park
From the Central Park Zoo to the Shakespeare Garden, Central Park has no end of sights to see. Lace up your walking shoes and start touring this beloved park.
6. See a Movie at Film Forum
If you’ve recently moved to New York, you’ve probably come to broaden your horizons. There’s no better place for that than Film Forum, the theater where movie lovers go when they want to see a French New Wave retrospective.
7. Eat a Slice at John’s
There’s only one thing New Yorkers love to do more than eating NYC pizza, and that is to argue about the best NYC pizza. One of the contenders for the top spot is John’s. Head down to Bleecker Street to try this brick oven pizzeria.
8. Explore Grand Central
People pass through Grand Central Terminal every day, but if you stop and truly take in your surroundings, you’ll be well rewarded. Inside this testament to NYC’s past, you can find everything from the famous Oyster Bar to the luxurious Campbell Apartment, which is set to reopen in May.
9. See a Concert at Bowery Ballroom
If you’re a serious music lover, the Bowery Ballroom is sure to become your NYC Mecca. This music venue hosts some of indie rock’s best and brightest, and it also has a great bar.
10. Walk Past a Tourist
You can tick off every box on your NYC To Do List. But you won’t be a real New Yorker until you start getting annoyed with slow walking tourists. So, stride proudly past the next pair of map-toting tourists you see.
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