NYC Fall To Do List 2017

HERE I GO AGAIN….another list, another set of goals…..


1. Go to a new restaurant each month.


We are spoiled in NYC with access to the best food and restaurants in the world. And yet, Ken and I have the tendency to go to the same three (who am I kidding, ONE) restaurant. So I want to make more of an effort and take advantage of all the great food around us.


There are over 850,000 (Thanks, Alexis) restaurants in NYC! So many types, cuisines, atmospheres, and experiences to try.

2. See School of Rock on Broadway


Every December, the kids and their close friends go to a Broadway musical. Last year, we saw Aladdin (huge success), and the year before, Lion King (another success). This year, I think the show to go to is School of Rock!


Rock on, School of Rock!


3. View Manhattan from the One World Observatory


We have tickets to go up and haven’t used them yet because every time we have tried, the weather has not cooperated. But, we are determined to go (I already paid for our tickets!) and we will. I’ve heard the views are incredible and it’s worth the TriBeCa trek.


Look at the view — don’t you want to go up there, too? I can’t wait to go on a perfect day with visibility!


4. Run the NYC Marathon


Well, I want to cross one thing off my to-do-list (unlike this Summer when I wasn’t able to cross anything off), and since I know that I am running the NYC marathon (as of last week), so be it. It is the greatest day in New York and I love being a part of it — either as a spectator or as a runner. Excited, nervous, and giddy all at the same time. Best day in New York City, hands down.  (Yes, I decided to run after my experience in Chicago last weekend).


Crowded, hilly, hard, but full of energy, passion, motivation, and drive. The NYC marathon is one of a kind; my favorite marathon to date and favorite day in the city. I am a proud New Yorker on Marathon Day!


5. See the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade


Years ago, my littlest sister worked at Macy’s so we had Central Park West bleacher seats, which were great. After several years of traveling over the holiday (including this last year) we are staying put in 2017. So we want to go to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade again so the kids can remember it (since they are now at an age that they will remember everything).


A classic.


6. Have Afternoon High Tea at the Whitby Hotel


Several friends have recently told me about this little gem of a hotel with a gorgeous setting to drink tea (and champagne). It looks like it is the perfect mixture of cool, hip, girlie, elegant, and delicious. I cannot wait to go!


Classy and chic.


7. Renew my Citi Bike membership


When Citibike first came out, I decided I was going to get around the city via bike. But then I used it once and got scared of traffic and riding next to all the crazy drivers….but now, after weeks of trekking allover the city with my damn feet, I am ready for a change of pace and want to bike more instead of adding more steps to my tracker….I already walk so much!


Bring on the blue bikes.


8. Listen to more podcasts


You can learn so much from one little podcast! It is like college in an hour! So sign me up.


So informative, helpful, inspiring, and interesting!


9. Visit more of the boroughs of New York City


NYC is composed of FIVE boroughs, and I spend 95% of my time in Manhattan. The rest is in Brooklyn. Both of those boroughs are wonderful and great, but there is so much to see and do in the other ones as well. So I want to make it more of a priority for the Natori family to visit the other boroughs and see the different neighborhoods and communities that are so close, yet wildly different.


Look how small Manhattan is comparison to the other boroughs!


10. Have a cocktail at the Wythe Hotel


Post NYC marathon, I will do many of the tasks on the list by going to Brooklyn (visiting another borough), and toasting Fall and NYC with a drink with incredible views!


Tequila + views = heaven!


So there you have it, my to do list for the Fall. Have a great week!

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl

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  1. Can’t believe you’re running another marathon! Good luck. Take care of yourself.

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