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post #41 of 57

Hijacking for a moment

I really wish I had come here about 6 weeks ago when I had to go to Jersey City for a conference. I dragged DH and baby along (she was only 8 weeks old and I was NOT leaving her for three days). He ended hanging around the hotel while I worked, and then we went into the city at night. But we had no idea where to eat or go, so we did the lame stuff (ate at HRC, and rubbernecked the buildings, went to Time Square, etc.). I would have LOVE to have had a NYer take me to dinner (I would have even paid :LOL ).

We did wear comfortable clothes and slung the baby.

Well, next time...

Oh, and my advise for the day: Don't try and get from Jersey City to LaGuirdia via public transporation during rush hour with luggage...We made some SERIOUS enemies on the suway and ended hailing a taxi in Queens anyway (and all told it took 2.5 hours)...
post #42 of 57


In re double strollers, yeah, we use them all the time, but that doesn't mean they're easy to get around with. When I take it, it means walking *only* (ie., no public transportation) because it's such a pain to get in and out of subway stations and buses ... not to mention annoying the aforesaid nonbiting NYers.





No advice on eating, unless you're looking for kosher :LOL ... then I'll recommend AliBaba on Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side.




Museum of Natural History. Lots of really really really big dinosaur bone thingies. And a really groovy planetarium.

Oh, and the zoo in Central Park is great, wonderful "petting zoo." Sorry to any mamas who are ideologically opposed to zoos.



My folks are born and bred NY'ers, and my mom wears fanny packs in the city all the time. Lots of folks do. They're not some kind of "badge of tourists" or something. Just really use common sense about personal safety and you'll be fine. The city is actually pretty safe ... am remembering "the bad old days" and thinking that it's almost like a different city. Really.




Enjoy.

post #43 of 57
After reading this thread, I can't wait to go to NYC! Now all I have to do is convince my dh. Definitely sounds like my kind of town.
post #44 of 57

Layers!

I'm surprised no one has said "layers"!
You never can tell with April weather if it's gonna be cold, warm, or really warm. I always wear layers, year round.

I typically wear: jeans - either blue, dark blue, black, brown, or even red.
and, t-shirts: white, navy, black, red, etc. - solid, bold or darker colors; occasionally striped. Simple but elegant
Shoes: in the winter, black boots. In the warmer weather, black shoes or sneakers. In the summer, black slides/no socks
Over the t-shirt: a cardigan (I'm still bfing; gotta keep 'em accessible) and then a coat (and scarf, if need be). You can always stuff the sweater in your bag if you get warm, or hang your coat on the stroller (see below - storing stuff in your stroller).

In my front left pocket: my keys
In my front right pocket: money
In my rear right pocket: a "business card" wallet which I use to hold my credit cards, driver's license/ID, etc. - slim enought to fit in a lady's back pocket without too much bulk

No bag.

If I have to carry a bag, it's either a messenger bag or a shoulder bag of some sort. I've used a backpack, too, but feel much more vulnerable to potential pick-pocketing (even though I NEVER worry about mugging/pickpocketing/etc. but BSTS, right?)

Stroller: sling if you can; lighter the stroller the better - and easy to fold up and get onto the bus or up/down subway stairs. HOWEVER - I have nothing against a nice slim (maclaren-style) double (side-by-side) stroller IF you are only walking. Nothing beats a place for both kiddos to sit and rest after a long day in Central Park. And with a one year old you may find yourself out-and-about during naptime and the nap can happen in the stroller. Also - where are you going to stow all your stuff/purchases as the day progresses? The stroller is your car/trunk. But, if you plan to hop a bus/subway/taxi, a single stroller with a sling or buggy-board is the way to go.

Things to do - I noticed you said you are staying near FAO - then you really must plan to spend at least two days in Central Park. There is a carousel, a zoo, a petting zoo, two museums, a skating rink, a marionette theater, rowboats, a little science center in a castle next to the Shakespeare Theater, an incredible Conservatory Garden up around 100th Street (across from the awesome Museum of the City of New York and the Museo del Barrio), not to mention the Harlem Meer, the Ramble, the Reservoir.......

Get a hot pretzel with that hotdog.......

Pack bottles of water.

Call me! I'd love to hang out in Central Park!
Oh, and I live near the other neighborhoods Meco was raving about - closest to Union Square, but that's also walking distance to Thompkins Square. Down here is the land 'o playgrounds and public parks. We also just got an awesome Whole Foods store.

Also check out these two Upper West Side Museums (great for kids):

American Museum of Natural History
Children's Museum of Manhattan

HAVE FUN!
I New York!
It's a great place to hang out!
post #45 of 57
I now live in the south and my entire wardrobe is Old Navy and my friends in NYC work for fashion designers and have amazing clothes so when I go to NY I just make sure whatever I wear is black. I just feel like it makes me look more dressed up and less frumpy!
post #46 of 57
Thread Starter 
you guys are incredible--thanks for all the great suggestions, etc! all of your posts have me so excited about this trip! i can't wait.

i have loaded up on nyc reading material. we will only be there for 3 full days, and three half days (we're going to Ithaca too).

i want to go to the met, but it's going to be hard to fit it in. should i go? with the kids?

here's what i want to do:

central park
fao
moma
rockefeller center
empire state building?
children's museum of arts
nyc firefighters museum (is this any good?)
museum of natural history
statue of liberty/ellis island
chinatown
walk across brooklyn bridge
double decker bus tour

in 3.5 days. with 2 kids. i'm nuts :LOL

oh yeah, we don't even eat chain restaurants at home, we definitely wouldn't in nyc. looking forward to eating lots of ethnic food, hot dogs (my family will think i've lost it!) and pizza!

thanks again for all the suggestions in clothing, food places, sites, things to do, etc. this thread is SO helpful!

feel free to keep adding if you think of anything!
post #47 of 57
Thread Starter 
one more question--if we do have to take a taxi, what do you do about carseats?
post #48 of 57
mamaley,

The taxi and car seat issue is a big one. Legally, you don't need to use a car seat in a taxi. However, in my ds 4 years of life, we have only *not* used one on very rare occasions...

For any and all activities, go here:

http://gocitykids.com

Click on New York and you will get information about everything going on in New York. The only problem is...unless you join, you can only see activities for that day. However, you can always get good ideas and click on links.... And, if you do choose to join, you will be able to plan in advance.

BTW - I would definitely plan a whole day at the American Museum of Natural History - make time for the Discovery Room. Central Park is right across the street and there is a playground very close by. A good place to eat with kids is Alice's Tea Cup - I believe it's on 73rd street right off Broadway or you could always eat museum fare.

Another place my son loves is the Metropolitan Museum of Art... the arms and armor exhibit is very cool.

And, you should take the kiddies to...

Jacques Torres Chocolate Haven
350 Hudson at King Street (in lower Manhattan)
212.414.2462 phone

Have a great time,
Laura
post #49 of 57
Quote:
Originally Posted by mamaley
here's what i want to do:

central park
fao
moma
rockefeller center
empire state building?
children's museum of arts
nyc firefighters museum (is this any good?)
museum of natural history
statue of liberty/ellis island
chinatown
walk across brooklyn bridge
double decker bus tour
first of all: car seats - I don't know anyone who uses them in taxis (unless they carry their baby in the "bucket" on a snap-n-go stroller). What's really important to know: if you are slinging your baby or holding your baby/child in your lap - make sure that your seatbelt is between you and your child, not over both of you. Your child could be seriously injured if he/she is cross-belted in with you - he would be crushed against you in an accident. It's actually safer to belt yourself in and have your child in the sling over the belt, or held tightly in your arms.

Ok... and your list of things to do is ambitious!!!

I guess what I would prioritize is:

Definately
central park - absolutely
fao - it's right next to the park, so you could go there on the same day
museum of natural history - definately
children's museum of arts - there are two; they're both good

chinatown - definately, but without a double stroller
walk across brooklyn bridge - maybe tie this in with chinatown/lowermanhattan

Maybe
moma - it's now $20/person, but free after 4pm on Friday's
rockefeller center - maybe the outside, but not the inside tours
empire state building? - nah
nyc firefighters museum (is this any good?) - haven't been yet

Probably not:
statue of liberty/ellis island - maybe not
double decker bus tour - maybe - this could be a way to get from place to place. I've never done it.

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P.S. Times Square - the lights and sensory overload is kinda fun, and then there is the ferris wheel in toys r us and a wax museum (never been to it, tho); and a few blocks East is Bryant Park and the Main Library building of the New York Public Library. There is a carousel in Bryant Park, but I don't know if it will be open yet....
post #50 of 57
Quote:
Originally Posted by UrbanPlanter
first of all: car seats - I don't know anyone who uses them in taxis (unless they carry their baby in the "bucket" on a snap-n-go stroller). What's really important to know: if you are slinging your baby or holding your baby/child in your lap - make sure that your seatbelt is between you and your child, not over both of you. Your child could be seriously injured if he/she is cross-belted in with you - he would be crushed against you in an accident. It's actually safer to belt yourself in and have your child in the sling over the belt, or held tightly in your arms.
wow, I never knew this! I always put the belt on over both of us when he was small enough. Now I know...
post #51 of 57
I agree w/ Urbanplanter's priorities. All I have to add is:

Did you know that you can't go in the Statue of Liberty anymore? You just take the ferry to the island and walk around. Big whoop. And the security is unbelievable. Worse than any airport I've ever been to. Your kids will go nuts waiting in line. Skip it.

I would try to go to the Met. It's cheap (suggested donation) and there is sooooooooo much there I'm sure you'll find something you and your ds can both get into.

Oh, and I respectfully submit that the best (and cheapest) Indian food is the Punjabi Deli, on Houston between 1st and 2nd Ave. Or is it between 1st Ave and Ave A? I am so bad with street names. Anyway, you can't miss it even tho it's just a tiny hole in the wall, b/c it's where all the Sikh cabbies hang out so there are always a ton of cabs parked out front. There are no tables, so get your food to go and sit on the stoop next door (under the No Loitering sign). It's $2 a bowl and soooooooo good.

But if you want a table and chairs the whole ambience of the sparkly red lights and whatnot, then yes, 6th St is great.
post #52 of 57
I take people down near the Statue of Liberty, we look at it and we go to Chinatown. Everytime I get there in the early afternoon, tickets to the Statue are sold out. And also was GM said If you go down there just to see it, that might be nice. And then you can walk up to Chinatown.

And you should call some of us. I, for one, would love to see a few of those places and leave downtown sometimes :LOL
post #53 of 57
Quote:
Originally Posted by guerrillamama
Oh, and I respectfully submit that the best (and cheapest) Indian food is the Punjabi Deli, on Houston between 1st and 2nd Ave. Or is it between 1st Ave and Ave A? I am so bad with street names. Anyway, you can't miss it even tho it's just a tiny hole in the wall, b/c it's where all the Sikh cabbies hang out so there are always a ton of cabs parked out front. There are no tables, so get your food to go and sit on the stoop next door (under the No Loitering sign). It's $2 a bowl and soooooooo good.

But if you want a table and chairs the whole ambience of the sparkly red lights and whatnot, then yes, 6th St is great.
Yes, I've seen this place, heard the rumours - but never tried it. It's almost an Urban Legend :LOL Now I'm gonna have to go there on my way to knitting (which is on Houston/Ludlow, btw )

Yes, 6th Street is fun but I think it's really Pakistani, and rumour has it that all of the restaurants are connected by one big kitchen in the back!

Ok, so Meco, GM, and I will be your tour guides
post #54 of 57
UP, It is there. Right where Houston splits off into 1st St and Houston. At A I think :LOL Right by the open area. ANd across from the taxis that hang there. Caddy corner from Earth Matters. We should get food there one day this week!


And having been in the Madras kitchen several times, it is stand alone :LOL No lights either. A quite simple place with an awesome owner/waiter who loves kids! and lets them be kids!
post #55 of 57
But Madras isn't on 6th Street, is it? It's on 1st Avenue, I think?
I'm talking about the string of restaurants all along 6th Street - well, it was a rumour I heard years ago. Goes with the urban legend of the alligator in the sewer :LOL
post #56 of 57
Madras is South Indian which is really different than the Pakistani/Bangladeshi restaurants on 6th street. The food is less greasy, veggie are fresher and less "mushy" and the spices are slightly different. Worth a try!
Oh and it's on 2nd ave around 6th street.
post #57 of 57
Quote:
Originally Posted by hotmamacita
If you can, hop on the sub or walk the bridge on over to Juniors in Brooklyn and have the BEST CHEESECAKE OF YOUR LIFE.
Oh. Good. Grief.

Juniors is NOT the best. It is way too sweet.

For a real cheese cake...go to Fortunato Brothers (also in Brooklyn, take the L to Metropolitan Avenue and then walk) or Veniro's in the East Village.

But, on all other counts, hottie is right.

Looking too much like a tourist is NOT how you dress, it is how you walk and how you act.



PS: Madras is on 2nd Avenue between East 4th and East 5th Streets.

PPS: Transit Museum -- at the Jay St. / Borough Hall stop in Brooklyn. Kids get to "drive" a bus and a train.

Quote:
Originally Posted by hotmamacita
oh and whatever you do PLEASE for the love of pete EAT A HOT DOG!!!!!!!



Are you serious? A dirty water weiner? >Yech!<

(I think only tourists and the very foolish eat those.)


Quote:
Originally Posted by stafl
If you ever need directions, just ask a cop.
Umm...my experience says "no" on this. I've had much better luck from doormen/women (in that area of town) or from bicycle messengers. You can recognize a real messenger (as opposed to a hipster acting like one) by the VERY stripped-down bike w/ LOTS of high gears, the lack of heavy clothing on the rider, the well-used messenger bag and the two-way radio attached to the top of the strap so they can speak/hear w/o pressing buttons. If the weather is warm, look for rock-hard muscles that definately didn't come out of a gym. (This is true for men or women.)

Be sure and spend a little time on the far west side along the Hudson River. It is great watching the boats on a sunny day. I like doing that at the end of Christopher Street in the West Village (cross the West side highway at the crosswalk) or at the 79th Street Boat Basin...a place with houseboats and sailboats sied by side.


I also recommend brunch and people-watching at Sarabeths on the WEST side. There is one on the east side, too, but more theater/movie people live on the west side. It is at W. 80th, so you can do the boats and Sarabeth's on the same day.
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