We crammed a lot into our seven day trip. Considering everyone’s different interests, I have to laugh as my husband is drawn to things that I consider ‘tourist traps’ like the NY Lobster boat cruise and myself who would like to go where real New Yorkers like to go, i.e the hidden spots. Add teen boys to this mix and you’ll see we did a real variety of things.
Here’s the best of what we did…
The day we walked a large part of the park and got to FAO Schwarz was mainly for the guys.
Laughing at the monster sizes stuffed animals and helping demo a new kind of hacky sack below.
Guess there was no taking a pink dog home, but maybe it could fit in the overhead bin? Well at least I can believe someone would try! Don’t get me started on those refusing to check things.
The guys loved the day they got Citi bikes and biked the park..
Chelsea Market, is a huge warehouse filled with restaurants and unique shops focusing on artisanal food and goods.
Very fun to wander through and a great place to eat. It’s also adjacent to the High Line which is an almost 2 mile long linear park built on an old elevated train line. This is a fun walk and enjoy some great views of older parts of the city that are getting gentrified due to this walkway.
There’s a little pub right off one of the stairs to the park and we chilled a bit there. Above us was someone’s garden and we got watered a bit, but it felt great. Lol.
Sounds strange, but it’s a fascinating look into the true lives of the immigrants who inhabited this block in the 1860s, 1890s and 1930s. Once inside you choose the tour you want. We did the Hard Times Tour and it was one hour. You go through the actual tenement which is in it’s original state (no touching of the walls even), and a docent leads you through the story of each family in different rooms. You learn about how they got there and how they survived, and some amazing stories and some heartbreak. I learned so much I never knew about all the different eras of immigration and I’d love to go back and do another type of tour next time. The boys enjoyed it as well and were a good age to appreciate it.
You enter the museum through the very popular store which has been dubbed the best place to buy cool New York souvenirs. I agree and got an umbrella with the subway map on it. (I love it!) Also some fun stuff like cool socks…
They have bags, shirts, cool things made in New York and a fantastically curated New York book collection.
As the museum is in the Lower East Side, there’s many spots to eat and a few blocks away is Little Italy.
It’s fun to walk Mulberry Street which was closed to traffic and feels like it’s one big street party. There are blocks of outdoor restaurants and street vendors selling traditional cannoli and other goodies. Mulberry street was once home to the worst slums in New York apparently.
I began talking like a New Yorkah after a while- Cannoli is Cannoli!!
Dressed up on the way to our show. As one of my favorite bloggers, Slim Paley talked about in one of her last posts, you should dress up! Wearing sloppy shorts is just bad form. Make it a night out and wear something nice! Yes, your children should too. It’s called manners. Lucky Slim did get to see the revival of King and I with Ken Watanabe and more about it on the link to her blog!
|Walking back from our show.