Things to do in NYC

Without a doubt, one of the most exciting parts of being in NYU Precollege is experiencing all that New York City has to offer! It’s no wonder that NYU is known to be “in and of the City.”

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There are countless things to do in the City, let alone in Greenwich Village itself where NYU is located. It would be impossible to list them all here, but we can certainly recommend some fun activities!

Sight Seeing
You may not have time to accomplish visiting all of these landmarks, but we hope this list helps you decide where to go:

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Statue of Liberty
Empire State Building
High-line
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met)
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa)
The American Museum of Natural History
China Town
Little Italy
Brooklyn Bridge
Times Square

Foodie Adventures
One of the best ways to explore the city is through the tastes and smells of its countless food offerings. New York City is considered by many to be the cultural capital of the world, which means that you’ll find any type of food you want: whether it’s Chinese, Indian, Italian, or classic NYC fare, or whether you keep Kosher, Halal, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, you will find a bounty of options to enjoy! Check out Buzzfeed’s 21 Must-Eat NYC foods under $10 for a great starting point of food to sample in NYC.

Precollege Programming
Precollege offers its own variety of events and programs for you to enjoy during your time here in NYC, such as Broadway show tickets, sporting games, neighborhood explorations, and more! Residential and commuter students alike are welcome to participate! Keep an eye out for our calendar of Precollege outings.

 

NYC in Pop Culture: Books, Film & TV

Pop quiz: How many of the following NYC characters can you identify? (Answers at the end of this post):

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NYC is home to some great characters, whether they be from literature, film, or TV. Get to know these characters (and in turn, New York) by checking out our recommendations below:

New York Inspired Literature

Some of the most famous stories take place in New York City– fiction and nonfiction alike! Curl up with a classic or challenge yourself with a new favorite from the list below:

Historical New York Novels:

  • The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
  • The Alientist by Caleb Carr
  • Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • Washington Square by Henry James
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Modern New York Novels:

  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.I. Konigsburg
  • Netherland by Joseph O’Neill
  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

Present-Day New York Novels:

  • The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Never Can Say Goodbye edited by Sara Botti
  • Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar
  • Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

Nonfiction New York:

  • Here is New York by E.B. White
  • The Encyclopedia of New York City by Kenneth Jackson
  • Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 by Edwin G. Burrows

We also recommend checking out the New York Times and New York Magazine.

NYC Films

Of course, in addition to great books, New York City is the backdrop for countless films; once you’ve lived here, you’ll soon to be able to identify neighborhoods, restaurants, and other settings when you watch movies set in the Big Apple. You won’t help but blurt out “I know where that is!” or “I’ve been there before!”

  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • Black Swan
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins
  • The Amazing Spiderman
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Now You See Me
  • Rent
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • West Side Story
  • Annie Hall and Manhattan
  • When Harry Met Sally
  • You’ve Got Mail
  • Men in Black
  • I am Legend
  • Hitch
  • Ghostbusters

New York City Based TV Shows

Finally, if you’re looking to binge-watch some great NYC shows on Netflix, you can’t go wrong with these classics:

  • Seinfeld
  • 30 Rock
  • Friends
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Gossip Girl
  • Law & Order
  • Castle

We hope this will be a fun, informal crash-course for your knowledge of NYC pop culture!

Psst! Wanna see how you did on your “pop quiz?” Answers: Holly Golightly (Breakfast at Tiffany’s); George Costanza (Seinfeld);  Jay Gatsby (The Great Gatsby); Tom Collins (Rent); Rachel Green (Friends); Barney Stinson (How I Met Your Mother)