Sam and I used to live on Bleeker between Sullivan & Thompson. We were engaged. We ate out every single night. He was training and I was working from home for a Chicago-based company. We love the city. We had both lived here years before too, separately. We vow to take our kids back at least once a year. Because New York City is a stark comparison to what their lives are like now. Everything from the sights and sounds, the diverse group of people, the noises, the smells, the constant buzzing. They see new things and hear new things and ask tough questions and struggle to keep up. NYC is the perfect antidote to their current bubble, and sometimes bubbles need popping. From the crazy man on the subway to the WANTED poster at the local store, the 9/11 Memorial, all of Times Square, the mounds and mounds of garbage on the sidewalks, the homeless person’s pee you have to gingerly step around; bubble popping. “You guys lived here” they ask with big eyes. “Yup, and we loved every minute of it.”
We like to pound pavement in New York. From the second we arrive to the second we wake up in the morning, there’s too much to cover to sit down. We had not taken them to Central Park before so we visited the Zoo (my first time too, very impressed) and saw THE COOLEST 4D movie short of The Polar Express. You could smell the hot chocolate, feel Santa’s whip on your back and snow in your face, and maybe even get a little motion sickness from the train “ride.” An incredible experience!
We visited the Seaglass Carousel in Battery Park, courtesy of Ride Entertainment. This was a new addition to the area since we had moved. It was breaktaking; especially lit up at night. I have never seen a merry-go-round quite like this one and it’s definitely worth the trip down to the southern tip of the island. Right next to a great viewing spot of what Riggs calls “The Beautiful Lady.”
We went to the 9/11 Memorial for the first time, too. Sam was living in NYC during 9/11 and I was in Jersey City. I had just had 4 interviews in NYC on 9/10 in 2001. We found my brother in law’s best friends name etched in the marble. The last time I had been down to the area the only memorials were roses and pictures and Lost Person signs and tears. Now it was filled with tourists taking selfies. I found it just as eerie as ever. We didn’t stay long.
We went to FAO Schwartz in Rockefeller Center. If you’re wondering why the giant Gorilla’s face is smushed into the window I may have an idea.
We saw Frozen on Broadway and it was INCREDIBLE. (Review coming shortly!) We visited Times Square where Decker, age 6, spied a PokeyMon billboard. He declared it the best moment of his life. We took the kids to a classic Brazilian Steakhouse where Paigely ate her weight in meat and asked to go back the next day. I think the boys had 1 piece of bread each. (Good thing kids ate free!)
We showed them our old apartment, we showed them where Daddy goes to work sometimes, we showed them where we used to eat and hang as “kids,” we took the subway 8 times, and we filled them with the best pizza in the world. We had some tired kiddos come 7PM.
When we got home Paigely said, “I love New York City. But I love our home better.” Mission Accomplished.
Until next year, NY……..