We spent the last week in New York City and to be frank the weather was up to no good. Entertaining two toddlers with rain and constant temperatures close to the freezing point was quite a challenge. Luckily, the endless knowledge of the worldwide web allowed us to make the best of our misfortune. With the gracious help of mommypoppins.com we took refugee at an indoor playground and treated Alex and Benni to their first Broadway performance: The Gazillion Bubble Show. Sixty minutes of bubble tricks and a multi minute bubble storm finale that engulfed the entire audience in bubbles rewarded us with laughter, giggles and two big smiles – a sweeping success.
To expose our two boys to the American culture we also made sure to spend a day at a mall leveraging the bad weather to shop for some pending gear. Our most noteworthy acquisition: a set of base caps for Benni, Alex and me including embroidered names on the hats of the boys. They simply look adorale.
When the weather allowed we ensured to test every playground on the Hudson Waterfront, walk the entire High Line, and enjoy Central Park. As to Benni’s request we also made sure to go to the top of the Rockefeller Center. Once on the 70th floor Benni was no longer so convinced of his idea, but after a couple of minutes he got used to the height and enjoyed the bird’s eye view of Manhattan.
However, what turned out to be Benni’s favorite part of our stay in New York? The daily ferry ride from Jersey City into Manhattan! Staying at Liberty Harbor RV Park in Jersey we were fortunate to be a 6 minute boat ride away from the One World Trade Center and 15 minutes from Midtown / 39th Street. We couldn’t have asked for a better location for our base camp.
Our favorite part of our visit to New York? An opportunity to meet with old school friends (Ian & Chris) and indulge in our favorite sport: restaurant hopping. Our rating:
- Santina – Italian (Manhattan, Chelsea)
“Simply great Italian food with fantastic service. Soaking wet they helped us dry our son’s clothes while treating us to a delicious lunch. The cecina was simply good and the octopus was a treat. Thanks for having us!”
- Latham House – American (Jersey City)
“Called short notice to ask for a table for us and our two boys (1 + 3 years). High chair and space for our stroller were no problem. Food was awesome with the dessert being the absolute highlight of the evening. Would come back any time!”
- Taqueria Viva Mexico Kitchen Cafe – Mexican (Jersey City)
“Great place to go with your family for a quick an easy lunch or dinner. The soft tacos and flautas are as authentic as they come. Very friendly staff that was happy to provide us with a high chair and make room for our stroller.”
- Treadwell Park – American (Downtown New York)
“Nice bar with a range of different beers on the menu. Very hip and cool place, but still family-friendly with a relaxed atmosphere.”
- Lady M Cake Boutique – Cakes
“Crazy layer cakes made from french crêpes with a butter cream filling. Feels like you’re eating a month’s worth of desert in one go… but it’s so worth it!”
Some additional updates on our travels: We had our first damage to the camper. While refilling our propane tank the service attendant on duty forgot to close the hatch for the tank while piloting me closer to the main outlet. Hatch was bent upward by a curb that I couldn’t see. I was able to repair the hatch, with minor aesthetic damage. Nonetheless quite annoying. I further made some repairs to the masking protecting the wiring underneath the camper. Benni helped me to duck tape everything back into place. Finally, we changed our travel plans for the next two weeks quite significantly: Annoyed by the ever lasting cold weather we are now going to the Everglades – 30° C here we come!