We were in NY in July and posted about our romps through Central Park and the South Street Seaport here. We also spent a few days in Brooklyn. Here are our recs about where to play, eat and explore.
We'll find ourselves missing NY and when we visit, there are so many new places to see but we also return to our favorite spots. The photo below is at Brooklyn Bridge Park, from a year ago. The photo above was taken this past summer, totally unstaged. The little boy immediately went over to the same exact perch. You can see how the baby doubled in size and the boy doesn't have to step on the guard rail anymore to look over the top.
The carousel is a painstakingly restored 1920s carousel, in a glass box.
Here is the view from a horse.
With two small kids, I can't handle the lines at Grimaldi's or Juliana's so we walked a few blocks to Love & Dough.
Great pizza! We had the margherita and the truffle cream and prosciutto.
Afterwards, we had dessert and drinks at One Girl Cookies.
picnic at smorgasburg
We stopped by the Williamsburg Smorgasburg. Below - mango flowers as big as his head...
Having a drink and watching the procession on Bedford Ave...
I read this article about the Bushwick Collective and really wanted to see it in person. It is an outdoor street art gallery spanning several blocks and Joseph Ficalora has become the inadvertent curator. According to the Times, Ficalora grew up in Bushwick and his father was murdered on those streets in 1991. He has played a central role in the Collective that has transformed the main thoroughfares of the neighborhood for its residents.
a sunday in brooklyn
Noon mass at St. Augustine's in Park Slope.
We had lunch at the Greenwood Park Beer Garden.
My son discovers bocce at Greenwood Park.
'Til next time, New York...
you might also be interested in reading
We were in New York for a week in July. Here are our recs for where to play, eat and wander.
central park - the granite slide and a picnic in sheep's meadow
The boys had a blast on the granite slide at the Billy Johnson Playground. The closest entrance is at East 67th St.
It's an easy stroll from the granite slide to Sheep's Meadow for a great picnic spot.
We encountered a puppeteer along the way. The boys were part of the rapt audience.
Then we headed over to the Lego Store at Rockefeller Center and some pick a brick.
The toddler was fast asleep in the stroller and we crossed our fingers and tried to squeeze in a brunch. The stars aligned and we ducked into a bistro, sat at the open window and he slept through cocktails and an entire meal.
The little boy enjoyed his Shirley Temple and was occupied through most of brunch with various books. For the first and probably last time for a while - we spent a peaceful hour dining out with a sleeping baby and rambunctious boy in a rare, quiet mood.
I recommend this article that helps you find the best bagel in the neighborhood you happen to be in.
star wars costume exhibit
Only for my son, a Star Wars devotee -- would I set foot anywhere near Times Square on a summer afternoon. But I did and we all enjoyed the Star Wars Costume Exhibit.
The exhibit displayed the real costumes and props used in the movies. I wasn't sure what the five year old's level of interest would be in clothes and armor but I was pleasantly surprised. He pored over all the costumes and ran back to inspect the Storm Troopers room at least five times. He felt the texture of the fabric swaths and gave me running commentary. After an hour and a half, I was the bored one waiting for him to be done. Good feeling.
Padme's dress, below.
south street seaport
We spent another afternoon down at the South Street Seaport.
There's a mini Smorgasburg at the Seaport. I, of course, had to get an adobo bowl from Lumpia Shack.
We also tried Wowfulls, 1950s style Hong Kong Egg waffles.
I was skeptical because they looked gimmicky but they were actually delicious - a cone made with little clouds and not too sweet.
Night out together in the Seaport --
We also spent a few days in Brooklyn and I'll be posting about where we played and ate there...
you might also be interested in reading
NYC enjoyed two February weekends with unseasonably balmy weather, with highs in the 50s. However, during the Presidents Day long weekend we happened to be there, we faced lows of 3 and highs of 21 degrees. But we had planned to meet up with Aunt Lana (in town for a conference) and there was no way we were going to miss it. So we bundled up, hopped in cabs more than we usually would and had a blast.
saturday morning moma
I registered my son for the children's (ages 5-7) photography workshop that was offered in conjunction with the new Ocean of Images exhibit. He was definitely the most restless kid in the class but seemed to really enjoy it.
One of the little girls in the class was excruciatingly well programmed. The seven year old used phrases like "artist's intent" and talked about how one of the pieces was representative of MoMA by its resemblance to a train station and the passage of time and people. No exaggeration. When she described a "found object" in one of the pieces as being a chandelier, my son raised his hand and disagreed. "I think it looks like a satellite!" and launched into Star Wars humming and action gestures.
After MoMA, we met up with Aunt Lana for brunch at ABC Kitchen and spent the whole Saturday with her. Below, salmon with creme fraiche and lemon and the roast carrot salad.
NO PLAYGROUNDS! What to do?
Whenever we're out and about downtown for the whole day, we usually take an hour and let the animals run around at a playground or park. But unfortunately, there would be no playgrounds today in the fifteen degree frigid afternoon.
A friend recommended this Chelsea indoor play space, City Treehouse, that was midway between our destinations. The boys both loved the huge water table, treehouse slide and ball bouncing studio room. (Bring a change of clothes with you.)
Afterwards, we had a great dinner at Cookshop in Chelsea. Pictured below - deviled egg sampler, hot toddy and (delicious!) duck leg confit with braised lentils.
valentines day brunch date with the kids
Sunday was even colder than Saturday. I donned my sleeping bag down coat and my boys were in their subzero ski parkas. I maybe went a bit overboard when I ordered the kids' subzero arctic explorer coats on Ebay late one night. It hits the teens in DC maybe one or two days a year. But ha - I was quite vindicated. The coats got a lot of use during a winter Montana visit, the DC blizzard and romping around NYC during the coldest weekend of the year.
(I also discovered these Turtle Fur neck warmers and got them for the kids and I. It is so much warmer than all my other scarves.)
We had a nice brunch at Cercle Rouge in Tribeca.
Happy Valentine's Day! See that little doorway in the back?
This is what was going on back there. The bistro not just concedes the presence of kids but features a magician during brunch to entertain the little ones.
Good food, mimosas, bloody marys and a magician who made balloon animals...
The toddler loved the show and hugged the teddy bear balloon that the Great Ragidy Supreme made for him.
one world observatory
After brunch, we went to One World Observatory at the World Trade Center. The boys absolutely loved it and it was hard to pry them away from the window. We recently finished reading James and the Giant Peach and my son recognized the Empire State Building from the book right away. He loved looking down on it.
Watch the NYC skyline go up:
As you ride the elevator up 100 floors, a video plays on the walls that shows you the development of NYC from its settlement as a village to today. You can see it here.
Bye, New York.
you might also be interested in reading
We're a pair of lawyers (me, looking for a creative outlet and my husband, who likes working with his hands) with two little boys, a beagle and an old house with an unruly yard. We blog about our projects, food, and travel.
Copyright © 2016. All images © Lovely and Bright unless specifically noted otherwise. All Rights Reserved.
Follow the blog on Instagram