You Have To Check Out These 4 Bucket-List Experiences In NYC This Summer!

Summer isn’t over until you’ve been able to strike one item off of your bucket list. Luckily, you’re in the city that never sleeps and can get a few of these in while you’re staying just a weekend or a week. From watching a silver screen movie on a rooftop, to visiting a memorial that will stay in the hearts of Americans for centuries, all of these activities will leave an impression!

1. Rooftop Cinema Club

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One of the most magnificent things about New York City is the skyscrapers. This beautiful city has some of the best architecture in the world. There’s simply no better way to experience it than to be on a rooftop. Sure, you can grab a drink and relax with friends, but wouldn’t it be neat to watch a movie on a rooftop?

Those at the Rooftop Cinema Club though so! Known as the “kings of outdoor cinema,” according to Time Out, this “club” is one you need to join, if only for one night! Movies are shown on rooftops across the city. Currently the two places they take place regularly at YOTEL, Manhattan and Bushwick, Brooklyn. Popular classics like Rocky, Roman Holiday, and Casablanca are shown. There are also newer movies shown that have received great ratings.

Surely the best way to watch Pulp Fiction? #rooftopfilmclub

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So, what does a night out with Rooftop Cinema Club look like? You’ll purchase tickets online for the movie of your choice. Included in your ticket is entrance to the movie, bubbles, and popcorn! Each ticket is $33 and can be purchased online. You’ll receive a set of individual wireless headphones to adjust the sound to your liking. At YOTEL you can order food from Green Fig, their urban eatery. In Brooklyn, there is no restaurant on the premises. You can bring your own alcohol as well as order food directly to the venue to enjoy.

2. Thunderbolt Roller Coaster On Coney Island

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You know Coney Island is popular stop for tourists to ride the carousel and eat hot dogs. Did you know there is now a new roller coaster in the historic park? The Thunderbolt was opened in 2014 and has been welcomed greatly by New Yorkers. Along with the coasters like the Soaring Eagle and the Cyclone, this coaster is situated in Luna Park.

The Thunderbolt has many interesting facts about it. According to NYCEDC, “The massive steel parts were fabricated in Italy at Zamperla Company, the Italian amusement ride designer and manufacturer. The ride was later assembled on site at Coney Island.” This coaster is one of the longest and skinniest coasters in the world! It also reaches 55 miles per hour and has five inversions.

Phil, a rider, puts it like this, “This is awesome! A  brand new roller coaster as you would find at Great Adventure and it does not disappoint. Full of high speed thrills, rolling hills, inverted loops, and really fast. The initial 90 degree ascent up the first hill to the starting point is crazy! You almost feel as if you are going to slip out of your seat! People were screaming from start to finish. I almost lost that Nathan’s hot dog I ate after the second loop!”

If you’d like to be brave and ride Thunderbolt, get tickets online or at Luna Park. To ride the coaster once you’ll pay $10. You can also invest in a platinum wristband for $70. This allows you to ride all rides unlimited for four hours.

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3. 9/11 Memorial

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Do you remember where you were on September 11th 2001? Chances are, you do. While in New York, you can visit the site of the World Trade Center towers. Whether you knew someone who passed away in the terrorist attacks or simply mourn with those who did, this is a special opportunity to pay your respects. The memorial is free of charge and is open every day from 7:30am until 9:00pm to the public. Designed by Michael Arad, the memorial is of a large green space filled with trees. In the center are two large square pools that are located where the two towers stood.

The rose speaks of love silently in a language known only to the heart. #911Memorial #NeverForget

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Popular things to see at the memorial include the Survivor Tree and the 9/11 Museum. The Survivor Tree is a Callery pear tree which was on site when the terrorist attacks occurred. Years later, the tree was returned to Ground Zero healthier and rehabilitated. It stands in the park now.


The museum is dedicated to the events on September 11th 2001. This isn’t a free cultural institution but is a wonderful place to learn more about the unfortunate tragedy. If you’d like to locate a name on the memorial, you can do so by visiting the memorial website. This site has the pictures of victims and information about where their names are located.

4. Attend The U.S. Open

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If you have always wanted to go to the U.S. Open, you may be able to if you’re in New York from August 29th to September 11th this year. Held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in Flushings Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, this tennis tournament is the place to be! Players have not yet been announced and neither has a schedule. The schedule will be officially published on August 22nd.


Tickets can be purchased on the U.S. Open website. Tickets for the the US Open Day Session begin at $68 each and go up to about $800. Keep checking the organization’s social media and website for more updated information.

We’re serving notice: It’s almost time to crown another champion. #usopen #NYisOpen

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4 Mouth-Watering Hot Dogs Shops in The Big Apple

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs

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Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs began in 1916 with a $300 loan and 5 cent hot dogs. Nathan Handwerker began his stand on Coney Island in New York City. Today, the brand is the most famous hot dogs brand in the world and you can buy all their products at grocery stores. There are many different Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs restaurants in New York City.

The most iconic Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs is the original located on Coney Island, although you can visit any of the locations in NYC and enjoy a great meal. Found at 1310 Surf Ave, many just call it Nathan’s Famous. The menu is simple, yet delicious and the atmosphere is a piece of New York history.

One fan says it like this, “Don’t get crazy with your order here. Keep it simple, timeless, and classic. Grab a dog with onions and kraut, a small order of fries (okay, splurge and toss on some cheese), and a fresh lemon or orangeade. Just shut up and do it. Enjoy this little piece of American iconography for what it is.”

An original hot dog is $3.95, but worth every single penny. If you’re around in July, make sure to look up Nathan’s hot dog eating competition. It’s one of the largest in the world.

Shake Shack

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Shake Shack doesn’t have the rich history as Nathan’s Famous, but the restaurant is making waves in New York. It all began as a hot dog cart to support Madison Square Park. The cart was such a success that more were added in 2002 and 2003. Today, the Shake Shack is a permanent fixture at the park and has many other branches. There are 17 just in New York and it’s branched out to other states.

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The Shake Shack menu is vast but one thing is for sure, their hot dogs are a favorite!

The Flat-Top Dogs are made with 100% all natural Vienna beef with no hormones and no antibiotics. Then the beef is placed on a non-GMO Martin’s Potato Roll. You can choose from a Shack-Cago Dog, which has lots of veggies, or a plain Hot Dog with cheese sauce.

Crif Dogs

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A unique option in NYC for a hot dog is the newer Crif Dogs. Born out of a love for classic hot dogs, Crif Dogs has one-of-a-kind options. Each dog is made from beef and pork and is smoked or deep fried to order. Crif Dog’s claims to have “NYC’s #1 Weiner.”

The shop has about sixteen different hot dogs one the menu and you can also customize your own. The Spicy Redneck is a popular option and is made with a house dog, wrapped in bacon, with chili, cole slaw, and jalapeños.

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If you’re adventurous, try the Good Morning dog which has a dog smothered in melted cheese and laid on a fried egg.

Owners Brian Shebairo and Chris Antista founded Crif Dogs in 1999. The name Crif Dogs was given when Brian tried to say Chris’s name with a hot dog in his mouth and it came out “Crif.”

Gray’s Papaya

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Where do you go to grab a bite to eat at 4:00am? Gray’s Papaya of course! This hot dog restaurant is located at 2090 Broadway, between 71rst and 72nd street. You can purchase a single hot dog or the recession special, which includes two franks and a drink.

For years this 24 hour establishment has been an iconic part of New York. You may see it in movies and referenced even in books. The location doesn’t have seating, just a bar. The “papaya” in Gray’s Papaya is referring to the shop’s yummy fruit juice, which includes a papaya creation.

On reviewer confirms the special NYC connection, saying, “for those who wants to experience the NY hot dog~ this is the go-to place.”

Many claim that this hole-the-wall restaurant has better quality hot dogs than carts on the street. If you’re preparing to go, make sure you have cash.

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Go Taxi Truck “We Move NYC” Campaign

Go Taxi Truck introduces the “We Move NYC” campaign. “We Move NYC” aims to give back to the New York community and thank them for the business Go Taxi Truck has gained since opening its doors in 2012.gotaxi-logo-2

This campaign centers on the idea of giving back to New Yorkers and showing how much GoTaxi Truck loves being a part of NYC. Through prizes, hidden gifts, and scavenger hunts around the city, Go Taxi Truck will give out over $1000 worth of rewards to lucky New Yorkers.

Starting on October 18th, Go Taxi Truck will be placing prizes disguised in altered packaging in different public places throughout New York City. New Yorkers must follow Go Taxi Truck on social media platforms to obtain clues as to where Go-Taxi-Truck-We-Move-NY-boxthe prizes will be hidden. Balloons containing Brooklyn Nets tickets tied to a park bench, envelopes holding $100 bills under trees, and hidden packages holding dinner for two, are just a few examples of what participants can expect to find. Find the prize? Tweet or post a picture to Go Taxi Truck’s page to get an early clue on the next hiding! 

Go Taxi Truck has been servicing the community since 2012, providing short notice, hassle free moves. Users can download their app to schedule a same day or future move. One truck, two movers, packaging material, and ability to track the truck online is all included in their inexpensive, no minimum rate. 

Follow Go Taxi Truck on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @GoTaxiTruck and using hashtag #wemovenyc to find out how you can be the lucky winner!

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