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...
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