I have a shameful confession to make: I have never been to the Statue of Liberty in my 40 years of living in New York City. I almost did once: I visited Ellis Island on a class trip when my son was in middle school. But almost does not count!
There are many other things that every self-respecting tourist has done in my city that I have not:
• Admired the view from Empire State Building
• Taken a ride on the Staten Island Ferry
• Seen the tapestries at the Cloisters
• Walked across the Brooklyn Bridge
• Taken a guided tour of Rockefeller Center (even a worse miss, since I worked at 45 Rockefeller Plaza for 10 years)
• Visited PS1 Museum in Queens
There are many more things I could add to the list, but I think you get the picture. I could feel really bad about myself, but I happen to know many other New Yorkers (some who were even born here) who have the same type of list of things that they always meant to do but never got to it. It’s only when out-of-town family comes to visit that we even think of doing these touristy things.
My plan was always been to celebrate some “tourist days” when I start cutting back on work. I think the time is now. I’ll be reporting what I find on the well-worn paths. I may even invite you to join me on some of these adventures. No formal tour groups, just a notice of time and a place where a few like-minded city boomers band together for a jaunt to get to know their city a little better.
If you are brave enough, share your “list of shame” in the comments, and tell us which New York City sites are on your “bucket list” to visit.