1) Visit a Cultural Institution
As I prepare to see some of the world's greatest museums, cathedrals and other notable landmarks, I feel the need to pay a visit to one of the greats of my hometown: the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Growing up, I'd go to this museum almost weekly - hiding in the Temple of Dendur, imagining life in the times of the period rooms and wondering if the Egyptian mummies would emerge from their tombs on Halloween or April Fool's Day. So I went with my dad, and we spent time exploring the special exhibits as well as the classics.
2) Try Something New (and very New York)
After college, I worked in sales and marketing for an energy drink company, and part of my role included managing partnerships with local sports leagues and events where people could get to know our brand. We worked at a couple of the popular basketball courts in Harlem and the Bronx where streetball greats (including some NBA players in the off season) would play while the crowds would cheer and enjoy the local drink - the nutcracker. This potent cocktail was mixed in little old ladies' bathtubs and sold at parks, beaches and events, and I was advised not to try it because it is extremely strong (Bacardi 151 is ONE of the alcohols in the mix) - not to mention it was made in someone's bathtub... Anyway, I've always wanted to try one and my friend Ed told me about the one restaurant in the city that has the original nutcracker on its menu. So we took a trip to the upper west side to the Chino-Latino restaurant Flor de Mayo, and I experienced my first nutcracker (ok, I only managed to finish half of it but I certainly got a taste!). Strong, sweet, but not bad at all!
3) Stuff My Face with My Favorite Takeout
Even though I'm more than excited to enjoy the local food throughout my travels, there is something special about NYC food - especially random takeout favorites. For me, it is Mizu for Japanese, Rohm for Thai and Bravo for pizza. And yes, I will be enjoying all three this week and savoring each bite!
4) Get in One Last Boxing Session
I've spent the past year training in boxing, and I love it. It's one of those activities that isn't just a great workout, but it is something that can constantly be improved upon, takes skill and strategy, and is a lot of fun to do. I am hoping to find some boxing studios along my travels for an occasional class, but I am a bit nervous that I will forget all that I've learned and practiced. So I want to get it in one last time!
5) See the Show I've Had My Eyes On
For the past few months, I've heard rumblings of Rocky coming to Broadway. Um... yes! So I was able to get a great deal and round up a crew of friends from the gym, and we made a night of it. We started with highly-recommended tacos at Toloache before going to the theater down the block. And the show? AMAZING! It was one of those feel-good, cheer-even-though-they-are-actors, fun for everyone shows. Definitely geared toward Rocky fans vs. Broadway fans, which was totally fine by me. TIP: Get seats in the orchestra level, definitely worth it. And if you want a special treat, sit in one of the first 10 rows in the center of the orchestra - you get to go on stage and watch the final fight from the bleachers!
Hi! I'm Stacy, a 28 year old Manhattanite who quit her job to go on a 100-day journey across the world. Follow me as I hot air balloon in Turkey, hike the Todra Gorge in Morocco, horseback ride across Ireland, and take part in all the other active adventures I can find!
Travel is my favorite kind of bug.
Welcome to my travel blog! I quit my job in NYC to go on a 100-day travel adventure, and I will be documenting, inspiring and sharing as I go.
Today I am in: New York City