1. $1 Slice Pizza
Not all pizza is created equal. But, when you're hungry at 2am, this is your saving grace. It's also very acceptable for lunch too.
2. Bryant Park Restroom
Possibly the cleanest public restroom ever. It's SUPER clean. There are attendants with things you might need (ladies you know what I mean). And I'm not sure if it's me, but I think I can hear classical music...
If you are sitting on the east side of the 2/3 train, and no train is passing on the west side, and the sun is peeking through the grates at the right angle, you will see some SPECTACULAR art between 72nd & 96th.
There is a subtle, uniformed individuality in every brownstone from the Upper West Side to Brooklyn. Maybe one day, I'll learn what it's like to live that life? A girl can dream...
5. Street Festivals
Basically, if it's not winter, there is always a street festival somewhere in the city. Personal favorite items: past season Essie nail polish, Bacon creations, Alcohol (all of it), Mozzarella stuffed Arepas, Fried anything, Music, and Dancing.
6. IKEA Ferry
Busting up ice chunks in the dead of winter.
Amazing roof top blesses in the spring and summer.
Killer waves in the fall.
7. Roosevelt Island Tram
It may be crowded and smelly and hot during summer weekends, but if you are on it at the right time....the aerial view of the Cherry Blossoms. Breathtaking.
8. Chelsea Piers Sunset
Now, you are technically looking at Jersey (I think). But, it's so bright and warm and breezy. Grab a Coca Cola and relax on bench to reflect on the day you've had.
9. Bethesda Terrace
As a musician, the acoustics are to die for. There is usually some kind of stellar musical act there. Absorb the vibes.
11. Botanical Gardens (Bronx)
Wait, am I still in NYC? Why am I walking aimlessly and barefoot through the grass? If you're originally from a place that has nature, it's a little patch of Heaven.