Central Park and the Upper East Side With Littles in Tow

Happy Thursday, friends! Our New York adventures continued yesterday with a trip into the Big Apple. Lotte had been once before when she was about four months old, but this was Grace’s first time, and I think we packed in just about as much fun as a 3-year-old and 19-month-old can handle for a day 😉 My stepdad drove in with us, which was lovely, and we met Chris in the UES, since he was coming back from a work trip in San Francisco on the red eye.

The adventure started with a walk down Fifth Ave., checking out the Metropolitan Museum of Art (from the outside — checking out the inside will come when the girls are a tad older), and grabbing bagels from our old bagel joint in our old neighborhood to have near the Alice in Wonderland statue and the Conservatory Water.

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Back in the Borough: An Epic New York Weekend

Hi friends,

So besides the helicopter tour Chris and I took on Friday (which I talked about yesterday), we also purchased Metropolitan Museum of Art tickets to check out the amazing Garry Winogrand exhibit (if you’re in town before Sept. 21, you should seriously check it out!) on Saturday, as well as The Cloisters on Sunday. (Tickets to the Met also get you free admission to The Cloisters in the same week.)

I’ve been jonesing to see the Winogrand exhibit since I read about it in New York Magazine about a month ago, and checking out The Cloisters (which is located in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan — kind of a pain to get to) has been on Chris’s Manhattan bucket list for a while so, you know … two birds with one stone 😉

The Met is one of my all-time favorite places (it’s a very close second to The Museum of Natural History), and The Cloisters turned out to be totally interesting and beautiful. So it was a good NYC weekend, my friends. A very good one, indeed.

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photo 21^^ Views from The Cloister’s terrace were spectacular.

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photo 14^^ The garden with all the medieval herbs and flowers was definitely my favorite part of the visit.

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Photo 6^^ The walk from the subway to The Cloisters is actually quite steep, so visitors beware — don’t wear heels!

photo 5^^ Saturday after The Met we stopped off at the Third Avenue Ale House and then Kaia Wine Bar, both in our neighborhood. At the Ale House we asked to sample some of the beers, and they came in these adorable teeny, tiny little beer mugs. How could we not take a photo?!

And a few from The Met:

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Bis bald, my friends! I hope everyone had a swell weekend, as well!


Happy Early Father’s Day — NYC Style!

Hey friends,

As I mentioned yesterday, my dad and stepmom came into the city this past Saturday for a little early Father’s Day celebration. We had an epic day. We started at our favorite local Upper East Side brunch place, Uptown,  then took them for a tour of pretty much all of Central Park. We started at Engineer’s Gate and hit up Delacorte Theater, Turtle Pond and the Belvedere Castle, as well as the Brambles, the Bethesda Fountain, the Boathouse, Conservation Waters, the Reservoir, the Great Lawn , Shakespeare Garden and the Alice In Wonderland statue.


We topped off the tour with rooftop drinks at the Met, which has about the most amazing view of Manhattan I’ve seen yet. [Top of the Rock is pretty amazing as well … but this was a close second.]

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^^ From the top of Belvedere Castle.

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^^ A birds-eye view of the Great Lawn.

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^^ That structure over to the right of this photo is Delacorte Theater,
where they put on Shakespeare in the Park productions.

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^^ Tiny Judy, down in the bottom right of the photo. I love this one 😉

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 ^^ Sweeping skyline views from the Met rooftop bar and cafe.

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^^ Happy Father’s  Day everyone!

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photo 8^^Well kids, no sooner did I post about wanting to visit the Met rooftop
when we have visitors this summer than  did we do just that.
My dad and stepmom came into the city this past weekend for an early Father’s Day celebration,
and we visited the Met rooftop for drinks as part of an epic day.
More on that tomorrow!



Back in the Borough: The American Civil War at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

^^ The Metropolitan Museum of Art steps. Always gorgeous.
^^ The Metropolitan Museum of Art steps. Always gorgeous.

Hi friends,

My dad came into the city today for a (super!) belated Father’s Day adventure at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. When I read that they were having a Photography and the American Civil War exhibit, I knew I had to invite him. Unfortunately you aren’t allowed to take photos in any of the special exhibits at the Met, but with more than 200 photographs and paintings, it really was something exquisite. This particular exhibit ends on Sept. 2 (go see it if you’re in town this weekend … seriously!), but being there today just reminds me of how much more I need to take advantage of all the culture this city offers to me.

Admission tickets to the Met also include admission to The Cloisters for the same day, which is something Chris and I have been wanting to do for a while now. Today was rainy and dreary though, it wouldn’t have been a good day for that. Plus it took me and my dad a little over three hours to get through all the Civil War photos … girlfriend needs a rest after that!

This weekend is Labor Day weekend, and Chris and I don’t have a ton planned, which is nice because September is seriously rockin’! We might try to head to Smithtown one day to kayak, we’ve got Chris’ Super Secret 30th Birthday Trip and then we’ll head to Australia for Wedding No. 4 and our honeymoon in the Great Barrier Reef.

Now that’s leavin’ summer with a bang!

Bis bald, my friends!