Sunday, May 8, 2011

NYC with kids

When you live on a farm in a small town going to NYC is like going to a different planet.  My honey and I have been several times but seeing the city through the eyes of our children was pure bliss!
Thanks to facebook we were able to poll our friends who had taken their children to NYC.  We received numerous excellent tips.  Top of the Rock was a hands down favorite for us all!  Thanks Joy!
Disco room on Top of the Rock

The Natural History Museum was a hit, not for the expected reasons, but for the "Night at the Museum" movie recognition and embarrassingly the scantily clad historical figures may have been responsible for boy drool on the glass.
 Restaurants were a big hit, espically Il Vagabondo with its Bocce court and a charming French restaurant in the Meat Packing District called Pardou where we were fortunate to celebrate a dear cousins' 21st birthday.  So fun to hang out with these sweet, handsome young men!

Catching the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty was a treat, a free one at that with the added bonus of a boat ride.

And you can't go wrong with visits to FAO Schwartz, Lego, and the American Girl Doll stores.  Just set a limit before you grace the doors.

The train ride into the city (my husband's meeting was 45 minutes outside of the city) proved to be a nice breather and much needed rest time.

I was a bit apprehensive about exploring the city while my honey was in meetings but my plan to limit our sidewalk time and not lose anyone actually led to many side adventures.

And Grand Central Station holds a multitude of exciting things to see.  I could just sit on a bench and people watch for hours.  In the main terminal there is an amazing mural of the constellations above.  There is also a secret bar called "The Campbell Apartment" which was a speak easy during Prohibition.  If you can find your way there amid the secret hallways let me know.  We took turns peaking in and promised each other we'd return without the littles someday.
Overall it was unforgettable to "be a part of it, New York, New York"


  1. your pictures are great, polly! looks like a great time!

  2. I LOVE these photos Polly!!! I am so glad y'all got to go to NYC with the kids. I know they will always remember this trip. Isn't New York amazing! Love the song accompanying the post too. Makes me think of Sleepless in Seattle when Annie sees her "sign" on the Empire State Building and finds Sam, her true love. So romantic!

  3. We had such a great time seeing you all! Michael's 21st birthday dinner was a memorable experience. Can't wait to meet up again.

  4. Oh wow, you were so close to us!! Your pics are wonderful. Looks like you had fun!


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