Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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wisepigMoving Out

After 3 years in NYC, I’m sad to have to leave. I can’t say I will miss everything about the city (the smell of garbage in the summer and the crowded 6 train during rush hour are definitely good things to leave behind) but I will miss the all-night delis, the random street performances and the serendipity of finding a great little restaurant down some side street in the East Village. I think in time I will even miss the slow, sidewalk blocking walk of the tourists who have wandered away from Times Square :)

It’s been a great ride and I hope I will have a chance to come back and do it again sometime. 6 years ago

jenfur91far away

so i’m done and moved to england, one of my 43t goals for a while. and i only lived in new york for one year, but somehow it got under my skin and i find myself missing it every day. ESPECIALLY:

*runs on the esplanade
*H&H Bagels on the Upper East Side (79th and 2nd Ave)
*God’s Love We Deliver in Soho (a great place to Volunteer)
*DTUT, my lovely little coffee shop

so when i’m done with this Masters Programme, i’m toying with moving back. once a new yorker always a new yorker? 8 years ago


I just don’t have the time – too much on my plate. 8 years ago

Mary HawkinsHow to help...

Thanks for all the restaurant reviews, but you should put them over on so people can read them when they’re looking for them…

First, search around the site and see if someone already has your place. There are a lot of restaurants already on the site, and you can easily add content to them just like you do with 43things. If you click “I’ve been here!” or “I want to go here!”, you can add an entry, photos or tags.

If you want to add a new place, start on the New York City page on and navigate down into the right borough and neighborhood. [If you don’t quite know where it is, just add it to the top of NYC and someone will sort it into place later.] When you get as close as you can, click on “Add a Place” and type in the name in the little box that appears. 8 years ago

UleeThai Angel

Best Thai food I have ever tasted. You have to try Pad Thai Chicken. I have not tasted better yet.
41 Grand St, New York 10013
Btwn Lafayette St & Crosby St
It is right where China Town and Little Italy meet, 2 blocks up from Canal St 8 years ago

OphisShow-off spots

I went to this lunch spot yesterday that made me think, “Hey, this is a spot that I’d like to take friends from out of town.” What are you favorite spots for showing off NYC? 8 years ago

Mary HawkinsEvery museum...

I found a few lists of museums today and decided that NYC should have a definitive list of every museum in the five boroughs. I added a bunch, but I still have more to go. The museums I’ve added could also use some attention. Most of them are pretty obscure, so I put the ones I didn’t know in Manhattan. If you’ve been to any of the obscure ones, write a quick review! 8 years ago

jenfur91The Gael Pub

Okay so i’m leaving new york tomorrow to start my summer job and then i’m off to england, but wanted to add one of my fav. bars in the city to the list…

it’s on the UES:
Name: The Gael Pub.
Location: 3rd Avenue between 81st and 82nd
Amenities: Tuesday night “Pub Quiz trivia night” at 9pm, huge TV to watch things like the world cup on, great Irish bartender whom you can barely understand. 8 years ago

BrickjonesCrown Heights The Jewel Of Brooklyn

Ironically today is the first saturday of the month and the Brooklyn Museum has First Saturdays.
A day of fun for everyone free movies, tours, arts and crafts an a big party (with drinks) at the end of the evening. 8 years ago


i tried to post something somewhere about my little coffee shop in Yorkville, but I think it got lost in cyberspace somewhere. Can anyone help me? 8 years ago

Mary HawkinsAdding your favorites...

I have a mini-goal I’d like a bunch of us to take on…

Try to add one place to the city map each day. You can add your coffee shop, the place where you had lunch, a bar you went to over the weekend or a tiny museum that isn’t added yet. Be sure to tag it and put it in the right borough + neighborhood. If you have time, write a review—even a line or two helps someone else get a sense of the place. 8 years ago

Mary HawkinsWe're awesome, as usual...

I think NYC is looking pretty good on the whole. With the exception of Staten Island, everything’s sorted into a neighborhood, and we have lots of neighborhoods popping up. Robots—what’s next?

I really don’t know much about the outer boroughs other than the neighborhoods where my friends live, so it’s been cool to surf with a purpose and read up on city nieghborhoods. I learned all about our islands the other day to add them into the harbor and the East River. Now I know where Hell Gate is… 8 years ago

Mary Hawkinsouter boroughs.

New York City and Manhattan are doing well. I’ve categorised most of lower Manhattan and moved things into neighborhoods. I’m trying to do the same to the outer boroughs, but I don’t really know them that well. If any of you guys have time, take a look at a borough or neighborhood that you’ve visited or know well.

Here’s a cool map of the neighborhoods in NYC, just in case you need it when you come across something that just doesn’t look right:

Offical people: I don’t know if you want to go in and actually make pages for all of these neighborhoods or just let people add them in organically. Some of them are really small—Noho is tiny and kind of obscure. It’s about ten blocks total, and I don’t think I ever met anyone who “lived” in Noho. 8 years ago

Mary HawkinsHow to help...

On any page within 43places, there’s a link to “help improve this page”. If you go there, it’ll show you the places that still need various types of information. I’ve gone through most of NYC and Manhattan and a smattering of the downtown neighborhoods and labeled things as destinations, neighborhoods and “to dos”. If you have some downtime, spend a minute looking at the places in your neighborhood. The categories are really general, so you can pick out most of them easily. When you don’t know what type of place something is, usually the person who made it will have left you a clue or you can google it… 8 years ago

Mary Hawkinshas anyone seen this?

I stumbled upon it by accident, but it’s a localising page for NYC! Right now it lets anyone who has a minute link together more information about the city.

I wish they’d add a “store” in addition to the “restaurant/museums” category—I’m sure there are little girls out there who think the American Girl store is as interesting as a museum, but they don’t quite belong in the same category… 8 years ago

OphisThe only way to live... NYC is passionately. Go team! I’m from upper, upper Manhattan, just shy of the Bronx (although I’ll venture out there occasionally). 8 years ago

arabianflowerSpanish Harlem resident here.

But I’m in love with the Village. ;) 8 years ago

arabianflowerDepends on what we're doing...

Any more information about what type of project we are talking about? 8 years ago

Mary HawkinsI asked...

I asked three people - someone I’d cheered before who’s from NYC and two people who had 43-things related goals in their list. It would be great to find those last four soon-ish - it’d really show up Cleveland! [How did Cleveland get to this faster than us, anyway?] 8 years ago


I live at the lower end of the Upper West Side – almost Hell’s Kitchen. I’ve only been in New York since mid January – I’m originally from Edinburgh (via London) – so this could be a good way to discover more of NYC. 8 years ago

Mary HawkinsCool!

We’re five already!

I live near Union Square—where are the rest of you? Do we have all five boroughs? 8 years ago

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