Last month Edie and I took a super quick trip to NYC. I grew up in New York, but it was her very first time visiting. Here’s what we did in partnership with Uber which makes a packed itinerary that much easier to pull off…
I grew up just north of Manhattan, and every autumn I crave a big trip back east. The incredible fall leaves and crisp autumn air makes me so nostalgic for my childhood. Before my kids were school aged and when my parents still lived there, we’d spend a couple weeks each October back east, but it’s been a lot harder to make that happen with school schedules. This year, I was determined to find a way, and decided a 5 yr old birthday trip for just Edie and I was the perfect excuse!
Edie had never been to NYC and we only had about 36 hours before heading up to Boston to see her cousins. I knew we had to really pack things in for her to even get a tiny taste of this amazingly special city. Riding with Uber to race through our itinerary was the only way to go, and a great way for her to get a glimpse of the city from the backseat. We were able to drive through spots on our list we didn’t get to really see like Times Square and Central Park. It allowed so much flexibility in our travel. There’s no way we would have been able to see or do as much as we did without Uber, it really made this whole trip work!
Here were some of the highlights:
Empire State Building. I wanted to take her somewhere quintessential NYC and also give her a lay of the land. So we went up to the highest point and took in the views. I hadn’t been in the Empire State Building since Jared and I were dating. We had been talking about marriage and I knew he’d pop the question any day now. He kept on bending down like he was about to propose, and then… just tied his shoes. Totally messing me with. I told Edie when we were up here that NYC was where her dad and I met, fell in love, and were married. She grinned with delight (a total romantic just like her mom).
Shopping. We headed to the huge H&M after next to the Empire State Building to let her pick out a new outfit for a my friend’s gallery opening we were headed to that night. Shocker: Everything she oohed and aahhed over involved sequin, sparkles and/or unicorns. She even insisted we pick out a little sequin shirt and Shopkins training underwear for little sister, Dot. I mean, how cute is that??
Color Factory. My sister in law Jordan and her Oh Happy Day + Color Factory team opened the Color Factory NYC exhibit this summer and I was bummed we were able to go. It made me so proud to see the incredible work they’d done and all the beautiful details in the NYC version. Also, that ball bit just blew my mind. I mean, how dreamy is this place?
Food. I had a pretty extensive list of foods I wanted to have while we were there. Real bagels. Real pizza. The Milk Bar for crack pie. Cupcakes and banana pudding from Magnolia Bakery. Westville for lunch. We did it all. Edie was totally down for my foodie tour (especially for the cupcakes and pizza). Although it break my New Yorker heart a bit when Edie refused to try a bagel. To say this 5 yr old has got a mind of her own is a staggering understatement.
I did forgive her when she insisted we go to The Meatball Shop for dinner the first night. “Mom, this is like an adult restaurant!”. I realized I don’t think she’s ever been to a restaurant with candles and cloth napkins. In my defense, it’s totally Dot’s fault. Toddlers ruin adult restaurants for the whole family.
Of course there were so many thing on our list we wanted to make work but couldn’t fit in like a Broadway Show, the Marionette theatre in Central Park, Guggenheim and Natural History Museum. This was just a tiny taste after all. Edie’s told me she only likes me on the weekend, but on this trip suggested, “This is kind of like one long weekend, so I think I’ll like you for a few more days”. I think I might be slowly winning her over.
Where are your favorite spots in NYC with kids?
Thanks to Uber for sponsoring this post and making quick trips to our favorite places that much easier and convenient.