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I’m back!

I just had my last class of the semester on Monday night and except for some paper editing, I am done with all of my final assignments. The end of this semester wasn’t nearly as hectic as last semester, thank goodness (no flu, yay!).

I really want to explore the city and do some fun things before I start back to classes in September. I probably won’t get to go back to Texas because I’ve picked up a second job, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have fun up here.  Keeping in line with my pattern, I am going to start another “40” series. This time I am going to do 40 activities for under $40, in NYC and the surrounding area! I want to do as many free/low cost things as possible, but there will be a few things that I splurge on. I will post pictures of all of the activities on IG, with the tag #40for40NYC. Here are the 40 things I plan to do this summer, in no particular order:

  • The High Line
  • Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar
  • Fort Lee-Korea Town
  • Geocaching
  • Garibaldi House on Staten Island
  • Coney Island
  • Run a 5k
  • Go to a Concert: Willy Nelson 8/12 or Sublime 8/5
  • Rockaway Beach
  • Queens-Korea Town


  • Bronx Zoo
  • Self-guided I Love Lucy or SATC walking tour
  • Baseball Game
  • Ellis Island
  • Fleet Week
  • Pride Parade: June 28
  • Horse Race
  • The Polo Bar
  • Giglio di Saint Antonio Fest: August 6-9
  • Italian Film Retrospective: May 22-31


  • Dim Sum
  • Wine and Picnic in Central Park
  • Hot Yoga
  • Weekend Trip Upstate (The Hamptons or elsewhere)
  • New York Public Library
  • Empire State Building
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Central Park
  • A Farmers Market
  • Natural History Museum


  • Comedy Show
  • New Movie+ Write Movie Review
  • Pok Pok NY
  • Real dive bar/pub
  • The Cloisters 
  • Jamestown/Lucille Ball Comedy festival
  • Soccer game
  • Jollibee
  • Jackson Heights
  • Green-Wood Cemetery

This is just a provisional list. I may do more than one activity in a day, some days and other times, I may only be able to fit in one activity the entire week (I’m taking a 6 week class toward the end of the summer). I will blog about the activities as I go along and if any of you have any particular places you’d like me to check out and report back on, leave your suggestion in the comments! Since this is a rigid schedule, I may skip some things and substitute other activities in their place. Other options include: beach camping and fishing (if I can find a buddy that has supplies), bowling (if I can find a group to go with), ice skating, the Montauk light house, more restaurants, more classes/lectures, exploring the Bronx  and Long Island. The goal is to spend less than $40 on each activity. Obviously I don’t have $1,600 to blow on summer activities, but many of these things are free or low cost, so that will allow me to save the allotted $40 or its remainder for some of the bigger activities (weekend trip, concert, Jamestown, etc.).  I will begin participating in #WODW again and also blog about other things here and there. Thanks again for reading, lets get this marathon of tourism started!
What should I do first?!