1. See Woody Allen play jazz at the Café Carlyle.
Allen, who said in Annie Hall that L.A.’s only “cultural advantage” over NYC is that “you can make a right hand turn on a red light,” has a regular engagement playing Dixieland jazz at the Upper East Side’s intimate Café Carlyle. It’s tough to get in, but slip the doorman some cash and you might score a standing-room spot.
2. Catch a Staten Island Yankees game.
Skip the corporate vibes of Yankee Stadium and Citi Field. The true old-school New York baseball experience can be found just a ferry ride away at Staten Island’s Ballpark at St. George, home of the minor league “Baby Bombers.”
4. Take a romantic rowboat ride in Central Park.
On busy days, rowboat traffic jams up under Central Park Lake’s Bow Bridge (above), but it’s nothing like the hellish traffic you’ll experience on the 405 in L.A. And at $12 an hour, in a boat surrounded by breathtaking views of Manhattan, you’ll kick yourself for not taking a rowboat out sooner.
6. Blast “Blitzkrieg Bop” in your earbuds while walking on Joey Ramone Place.
NYC’s the birthplace of punk rock, and it all went down a stone’s throw from Joey Ramone Place at CBGB on the Bowery. Never mind that CB’s is a John Varvatos store now; the ghosts of punk still haunt this section of the East Village. Hey! Ho! Let’s go!
7. Ride the Cyclone at Coney Island.
There may be faster or scarier roller coasters elsewhere, but none are as iconic as the Cyclone. And its rickety rattle does make it pretty terrifying. Wait till after you ride to chow down on a Nathan’s hot dog while cruising the Boardwalk.
9. Find out who’s buried in Grant’s tomb.
Located in Manhattan’s Morningside Heights neighborhood, Grant’s tomb is the subject of one of the oldest jokes in the book. But that joke is more of a riddle. The answer to “Who’s buried in Grant’s tomb?” is: no one. Grant and his wife are entombed above ground.
12. Examine Mary Magdalene’s tooth at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
You could spend a year wandering in the massive Met and still not experience every art world treasure it holds. That’s why so many people overlook this strange relic on their way to check out Rembrandt paintings and Cindy Sherman photographs.
15. Cheer (or boo) a performer at the Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night.
Audiences at the Apollo’s Amateur Night have been telling performers to “be good or be gone” since 1934. Join in on the insanity at a live show that’s inspired talent-competition shows from Star Search to The Voice.
18. Talk about moving to Los Angeles (but never actually go).
Gabbing about leaving NYC for greener pastures is a favorite pastime of all New Yorkers. But ultimately, you’ll stay. Because as bonkers as the Big Apple is, why would you want to live anywhere but the greatest city on earth?
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