Mummy & Me - The New York Guide from Salma & Sofia
The best thing about summer in the city is that you have it to yourself and if you're not a planner like me you can get to try all your favorite hotspots without booking weeks in advance. This summer was an interesting one without the shows, concerts and lots of places closed but we made the most of it outdoors, here are some of our 'Mummy and Me' favorite days out this summer:
Magical Billy Johnson Playground in Central Park is one of the many incredible spots the Park has! Stop by for pasta or cookies and coffee at Sant Ambroeus on Madison Street. The Met is a favorite and there is always something for the whole family to discover including the latest Da Corte Installation on the roof. I love Cafe Sabarsky at The Neue Gallery, a few blocks away for a bite of coffee and cake.
Grab a scooter & a basketball and ride down the west side highway to Pier 25 and play a game of impromptu basketball with fellow new yorkers at the courts a short walk away from Pier 25, you will pass the skateboarders doing their tricks. Serafina and Mr Chow are some of our Tribeca favorites with the kids for an early dinner.
Teardrop Park in Battery Park is our little secret playground that we love, it's so unique and has the most fun slide which keeps the kids going for ages! Walk to the Sea Carrousel a little further down, especially magical for younger kids & you will see The Statue of Liberty on your way down without having to make the trek to Staten Island, Bonus is you pass a few fun playgrounds you can stop at on the way there. Make a pitstop for ice cream at Le District.
We love to pick up art supplies at Blick for those rainy afternoons in, check out Little Island, before 11 am so you don't need tickets, have lunch at Chelsea Market: The Taco stand, Very Fresh Noodles & Seed & Mill are our favorites. Stop by The Whitney Museum & Pier 51 which has shaded areas for parents to relax while the kids play.
Walk the High Line, it has such great views, art and great landscaping. The kids are always amazed to see the remnants of the train tracks. Stop by Hudson Yards and our favorite view of the skyline is from The Edge, nothing like seeing New York from up above, The views from the top are truly spectacular! It's all glass and you can see the streets below, definitely not for those who don't like heights!
Walk or bike the Brooklyn Bridge & marvel at the incredible infrastructure. Dumbo on the other side has great views of the city, we love to stop by Dumbo House with great views from the terrace, The Time Out market for a bite, One Girl Cookies for much-needed fuel & a ride on the Jane's Carousel.
The New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx is worth a trek and especially for the current Yayoi Kusama installations, bring a picnic!
The best thing about all these fun-action packed days & afternoons out is that the kids are happily exhausted so you can enjoy the summer evenings and nights in the city without all the usual crowds!